Psalm 22

Written by admin on November 4th, 2006

Jesus quoted a portion of this psalm as he hung dying on the cross. It certainly captures the essence of the great suffering he endured.

The response to the suffering of the cross, “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me.” was hard for me as a literalistic young minister to harmonize. That is to say, that I looked at anything that Jesus said as literal and as absolute truth.  Surely, God had not actually forsaken his son.  Years later when I learned that Jesus was quoting from David’s song, I was greatly relieved.

Surely, Jesus was communicating to those around the cross in a way that they could understand his anguish. David continued in his song that his ancestors had trusted in God and their trust had been correct, so by implication Jesus was saying that he fully anticipated that the Father would bring him through to victory.

As it turned out it was not the victory of an old-time western movie, or of the type expected by those around the cross.  It was a far greater one–resurrection, ascension, advocacy, return to rule.

My primary point in this post is that one must be careful not to allow his or her hermeneutic ideas stand in judgment of the Scriptures.  Truth is there, often many layers of truth, but not necessarily truth that complies with what we bring to the verses.

 

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