Today I spent a lot of time in Psalm 22, I’ve read it many times but it never hit me like it has this time. Psalm 22 describes the day Jesus is crucified and starts with some very familiar words from the Gospels “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
As I read it over and over it made me think, were these words spoken on the cross just to His Father in Heaven or was it also pointing the Pharisees and Sadducees to Psalm 22? Were those words showing them that at this very moment they were seeing the prophesy in Psalm 22 being fulfilled? Verses 7 and 8, All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. “He trusts in the Lord,” they say, “let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” Verses 15 and 16, My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet. Oh and 18 says, They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.
It makes me wonder, at that very moment, were they mumbling to themselves how all those things written by King David, 1,000 years ago seemed to all be coming true right before their very eyes? Did it make them sweat, doubt, fear? Did it make any of them start to believe?
But then comes verse 24 which really made me re-think all I have been taught through the years, I had to read it over and over again, I’ve always heard that God turned His back on Jesus because He had become sin for us. That always bothered me, how could He? He was the perfect sacrifice, did God turn His back on all of the other sacrifices before? But I read verse 24 again, it says “For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. Is the afflicted one Jesus? If so, it states that God did not hide His face from Him, quite the contrary, He listened to His cry for help and He raised Him from the dead.
I may be way off base but I think Jesus was pointing at Psalm 22 and it had some very powerful men of the time wondering if they had played a role in the death of the Son of God!