May 5, 2022

Psalms 22 Verses 17 & 18 – Christ’s Death Revealed in Psalms

More Messianic undertones are found in our Psalms today, specifically in Psalms 22 and the events that were surrounding Christ’s death, if we remember the Gospel narratives about Jesus’s death, The Book Of John says right afterwards they 

Joh 19:23  When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided his clothes among the four of them. They also took his robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

Joh 19:24  So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” This fulfilled the Scripture that says, “They divided my garments among themselves and threw dice for my clothing.” So that is what they did.

Today’s Psalm that was penned a thousand years earlier is exactly what that fulfilled scripture is:

Following along now in Psalms 22 verse 17 and 18:

Psa 22:17  I can count all my bones. My enemies stare at me and gloat.

Psa 22:18  They divide my garments among themselves and throw dice for my clothing.

That was the fulfilled prophecy, so Old Testament Psalms telling us what would happen; and new Testament account from John tells us that’s exactly what happened, after Christ dies, the soldiers split up the only thing he had, the garments that Jesus wore.  

Also very telling here that Jesus, the Author of the Universe didn’t have worldly possessions, He certainly could have, but He was homeless, He entered Jerusalem on a lowly donkey, and His only belongings were the clothes on His back.  A reality check here for us, who put our trust in worldly junk like phones, cars, houses and money…if we want to be more Christlike, we should focus more on heavenly places that are eternal, and less on earthly things that we can’t take with us when we die!  

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