Declaration of Psalm 22
Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Well, after a few years of listening to multiple sides of this scripture in the Church, the Helper helped reveal something. I’m not going to say “I have the answer! You must get this! This is the truth!” I’m only sharing what the Lord showed me via a prayerful request for Teaching on this scripture. The Lord’s answer was – pay attention to the context.. Huh, imagine that…
I started to study the scripture with many commentaries. The disagreements on the scripture were evident in the commentaries as well. At this time, I was in email communications with a brother on this scripture. I had a response typed up, but as I looked it over, I realized that my response was the same ol’ same ol’ separation. I then prayed and asked God for His help in understanding. He said: look closer at the context. So I backed up and read –
Matthew 27:39-43 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
I placed myself into the environment. All along, the chief priests, elders, scribes, pharisees, etc. did not believe in Him and were trying to find fault with Jesus time and time again. Also, Jesus continually was shining a light on their wicked ways and their lack of understanding scripture. Thus, I considered this and the whole scope of what was going on – The context.
Now, in the context of the scripture, they reviled (defamed, railed) Him, and were wagging their heads. They were mocking Him. I held onto the remembrance of the mindsets they are in, one of mocking. I did not forget the entire scope of the characters that were involved and what previously transpired between Jesus and the Jews. There is a pattern of how they addressed Jesus, as well as how Jesus responded.
Regardless of how I feel about the priests, elders, scribes, pharisees, etc., because of what they did to Jesus, I know that they revered the scriptures and knew them very well. I have no reason to believe that they would purposely use the Word of God in jest to mock someone. Sure, they were mocking Him because of disbelief in Jesus being the Son of God, but they still believed in God and His Holiness. It would be very uncharacteristic of them to use the Word of God in a mocking manner.
This is what I felt that the Spirit showed me – that they unwittingly used the Word of God during their mocking. Let us not forget who they are speaking to… The Word.
In verses 39-42, they said: save thyself, come down from the cross, you saved others, but cannot save yourself. If you be the King of Israel, come down from the cross and we will believe you. The context is obvious, they are mocking and are not using scripture (as they knew it). Their context of mocking continue into verse 43 –
Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Oh oh! Did you catch this? Here, let me repeat their words again –
Psalms 22:8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.
In the midst of their mocking, it appears to me that they were on a roll (vs 39-42) and then unwittingly spoke the Word to the Word in their continuance (vs 43). Jesus obviously recognized it. At this point, it appears to me that Jesus was responding to their initiation of Psalm 22 by making a declaration of Psalm 22 –
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Psalms 22:1a My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
I see Jesus making a declaration of Psalm 22 – As if He said, “Yes, Yes. It is I that is written of by the Psalmist.” Most are in agreement that Jesus was referring to Psalm 22 when He spoke those words on the cross. The question is, was Jesus’ response a prayer to God or was it in response to hearing the Word from Psalm 22 by the mockers? They obviously initiated Psalm 22, not Jesus. Let the Word decide for you.. Prophecy and then fulfillment –
Psalms 22:16-18 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
What I find very interesting is the very next response from those that stood around. Who is standing around? Well, the scribes, pharisees, chief priests, etc. You see, they knew the Word very well. Put yourself in their shoes. Mocking Jesus, not believing any of this. Then they speak the Word unwittingly, Jesus responds with a declaration of Psalm 22. They very well recognized Psalm 22 when Jesus spoke. They were busted. “Oops”. What would a mocker do in this case while they are in front of many others? What does a hider/deceiver do in such a case? They cover their tracks by redirecting the focus away from Psalm 22 and say something like “He is calling out to Elias” maybe? –
Matthew 27:47-50 Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink. The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
So there ya have it. What say you?