Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 17 Scripture Selection: Psalm 21-22
Food for Thought: Ps. 22:1a, 6-8
Jesus, the incarnate Word of God (John 1: 1; Rev. 19:13), constantly quoted scripture, His Word, tying the Old Testament to the New and revealing the pertinence of it all. It was His signature on scriptures written centuries earlier and played out before Him, His contemporaries, and us today.
Through David’s pen, Jesus drew from the words, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me (Ps. 22:1a; Mat. 27:46)?” as He anguished on the cross, bearing the sins of all mankind and the reproach of His holy Father Who could not look upon or be ever associated with anything so abhorrent. Jesus had never in all eternity ever experienced the separation from His communion with the Father, but He wrote about it through David centuries in advance. Thankfully, He endured it so that we could forever enjoy such unity and communion with Him (Heb. 12:2; I Cor. 6:17; I John 1:3).
The confirmation and fulfillment of David’s prophetic words continue as he describes the scene of Jesus on the cross and the scoffers taunting him: “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised by the people. All those who see Me ridicule Me; they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, ‘He trusted in the Lord, let Him rescue Him; let Him deliver Him, since He delights in Him (22:6-8; Mat. 27:39-43)!’” Praise God that after all that ridicule, the Lord came out victorious, proving He is Lord over all.
Romans 15:3, 4 says, “For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me (Ps. 69:9).’ For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” The Lord knew how things would turn out from the beginning and even wrote about it in His Word long before it was to be revealed so that we could trust Him and His Word and have hope.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):