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Day 16

Read It:
Psalm 22 [vs 1 Matthew 27:46]  [vs 7 Matthew 27:39] [vs 8 Matthew 27:43] [vs 15 John 19:28] [vs 16 John 20:25-27] [vs 18 John 19:23-24]

Live It:  

Today’s passage is one of the great Messianic Psalms. Several verses have direct fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s just look at the ones listed in the Read It portion of today’s assignment.  

Verse 1:  My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? – This is the prayer Jesus prayed as He hung on the cross.

Verse 7:  Everyone who sees me mocks me.  They sneer and shake their heads. – This is recorded almost word for word in Matthew 27:39.

Verse 8:  Is this the one who relies on the Lord?   Then let the Lord save him!  If the Lord loves him so much, let the Lord rescue him!” – This is the exact attitude that Matthew records in Matthew 27:43.

Verse 15:  My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. – In John 19:28 this is is expressed as “I am thirsty.”

Verse 16:  They have pierced my hands and feet. – In John 20:25-27 Jesus invites Thomas, the doubting disciple, to place his finger in the wounds in his hands as proof that he was the resurrected Christ.

Verse 18: They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing. – In John 19:23-24 the soldiers did just what the Psalmist predicted.

Fulfilled prophecy is one of the eternal testimonies that Jesus is the Messiah. In this 22nd Psalm, we have just looked at six prophecies and referenced their fulfillment in the New Testament.  There are hundreds of such prophecies throughout the Old Testament that have direct fulfillment in the New Testament. Do what Jesus invited Thomas to do:  “Don’t doubt; only believe.”

Pastor Rod