“Why Have You Forsaken Me? Part 1” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – January 26

Psalm 22:1-18   Why Have You Forsaken Me?  Part 1    A Lament Psalm Of David

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Psalm 22:1-18  Why Have You Forsaken Me?  Part 1

The next three psalms portray Jesus as Shepherd.  Psalm 22 describes the shepherd who dies for his sheep (cf. John 10:11).

It’s interesting that David wrote this who had suffered greatly but never to the point of death.  He perfectly describes death by crucifixion.

Have you ever felt forsaken by God (v. 1)?  You were never forsaken to the extent that Jesus was on the cross.  He who knew no sin was made sin for us (cf. 2 Cor. 5:21).  An older lady in our church used to like to say, “He paid a debt He didn’t owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay.”

If you have trusted Christ, you are never forsaken.  Heb. 13:5 says, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (NIV).

Do you continue to call to God but don’t get an answer (v. 2).  A popular Christian song says to trust His heart when you can’t trust His hand.  Ugh.  That’s icky, gooey.  But true.  How about we just “consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  knowing that at the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1: 2-4)?  I always like Scripture better than mushy sentiments.

We need to remember that God is holy (v. 3) and He does whatever He wants (cf. Ps. 115:3).  Generations of Abrahams descendants trusted Yahweh and were rewarded (vv. 4-5).

A lot of people don’t like the description of the man in v. 6 as a “worm.”  People don’t want to sing the hymn anymore “Alas! And Did My Savior Bleed . . . for such a worm as I”?  They probably would like to change the text of Rom. 7:24, “Wretched man that I am!”  Granted some take that thought too far.  We are wretched and we are worms, theologically speaking.  We are fallen in every aspect of our being, mind, will, and emotions.  If you don’t believe me now, you will when you see Christ (cf. 1 John 3:2-3).  We are not totally dead with no abilities, we can choose Christ and we can choose to follow the Holy Spirit.  But if you think you have anything in your natural self that God admires, ha, you’re wrong.

Verses 6 and 7 describe Christ being hung on the cross.  People sneer as they go by (v. 7).  Their advice to Jesus was God should deliver Him if He was such a great Prophet (v. 8, cf. Matt. 27:43).

Verses 9-11 are a prayer, “Hey, you brought me into world.  HELP!!!”  Though there were many thugs at the base of the cross (v. 16, “evildoers”), Jesus could see the one who brought Him into the world as He looked down.  His mother was there (cf. John 19:25).  So was the faithful disciple, John (cf. John 19:26).

He describes his tormentors as wild animals, bulls, lions, or dogs (vv. 12-13, and 16).  Bulls of Bashan were well-fed, healthy bulls (cf. Amos 4:1).  Strong brutes may have been watching on and administered His pain but everyone is responsible for crucifying Christ.  We are all worms and wretched spiritually.  We are all responsible for His death (cf. Rom. 3:23; Isa. 53:5).

Note the references to crucifixion.  A death by crucifixion was brought about ultimately by asphyxiation as the victim was hung in such a way that the he could not catch his breath.  Their bones were made to slip out of joint (v. 14) so pushing up to breathe was not possible.

Heart failure resulted (v. 14c,d).  There is no longer any strength (cf. 15).  Mouths became dry as dust (v. 15b,c).  Jesus said He thirsted (cf. John 19:28).

Many people don’t realize that Jesus was pierced through His wrists (v. 16c).  This was done because a nail through the hand or foot would have ripped through the skin.  But if you check, you can see you have a hole in the bone in your wrist, perfect for a nail.  The person suffering from lack of breath would push up from the nails through his wrists.

Jesus wasn’t fat.  He could count all his bones (v. 17) especially as they all strained to do their job.

How amazingly accurate is this psalm?  It even includes the soldiers dividing up Jesus’ robe and gambling to see who gets it (cf. Matt.27:35).

Consider that crucifixion wasn’t even a known method of execution when David wrote.  This psalm is amazing portrayal of Jesus’ suffering.

He suffered for you and me.  I can’t think of a reason why God would have included this account in His Word unless He wanted us to contemplate how much He loved us to sacrifice and pay the penalty of our sin . . .  for us.

Are you contemplating?

Proverbs 5:7-14   Bad Web Sights

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I still think Prov. 6:26 is the key to this passage, “For on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And an adulteress hunts for the precious life.”  This type of woman is not looking to be a helper or a wife (cf. Gen. 2:18,  Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him”).  She is looking at a man as a paycheck.  He is the provider of her next meal, a loaf of bread.

Solomon reminds his son to listen to him and leave her alone (vv. 7-8).  She is “cruel” (v. 9b) will steal his “vigor” and maybe even give him a disease (v. 11). Do you ever watch TV or a movie and think, “Why is he doing that?  He should have read his Bible.”  You should think that.  Whatever you read or watch, you should be comparing it to Scripture (cf. 2 Cor. 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”).

Solomon tells his son not to go the door of the house of an adulteress.  Don’t make any house calls.  In fact, don’t go near her webpages!  Sir Walter Scott once said, “Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive!”  So don’t visit her on the web, either!

Hollywood likes to make fun of Christians but then look where many of their characters end up.  Usually it’s because the character had “spurned reproof” (v. 12).  They didn’t listen to the parents or teachers (v. 13).  Their honor, livelihood, and reputations are ruined (vv. 10, 14).

 

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