Monday, March 21, 2011

The Passion in Psalm 22:22-25

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

Between verses 21 and 22 of Psalm 22 the greatest miracle in history occurs — the resurrection of the Messiah.

The event is not specifically stated, but it is certainly inferred. Verse 21 ends with a prayer for deliverance from Satan's attack. Verse 22 begins with a song of celebration, thanking God for answering the prayer:

22 I will tell of Your name to my brethren;
In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.

23 You who fear the Lord, praise Him;
All you descendants of Jacob, glorify Him,
And stand in awe of Him, all you descendants of Israel.

24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted;
Nor has he hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

25 From You comes my praise in the great assembly;
I shall pay my vows before those who fear Him.

The most direct prophecy concerning the Resurrection in the Old Testament is found in Psalm 16:10 where David wrote: "You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; neither will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay."

In the New Testament, Jesus repeatedly told His disciples that He would be killed and resurrected. It was one of His most frequently stated prophecies. For example, in Matthew 17:22-23 He is quoted as saying: "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men; and they will kill Him, and He will be raised on the third day."

Luke records the fulfillment of these resurrection prophecies in the following way (Luke 24:1-7):

1 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they [a group of women] came to the tomb bringing spices which they had prepared.

2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,

3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;

5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead?

6 "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,

7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again."

In the next part of "The Passion in Psalm 22" series, we'll look at the blessings told of in Psalm 22:26-31.

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