September 10, 2017 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Psalm 22

Psalm 22:1-2

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

 

Forsake—to let loose, let go, leave, abandon, neglect. Roaring—cries or mumbles of distress. Not only is there no deliverance, there’s no answer.

Psalm 22:4-8

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

6 But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying,8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.

 

Worm—neglected and despised. People—the common man. Shoot out—opened, gape with mockery. Trusted—to roll. He rolled his burden on the Lord.

Psalm 22:13-18

They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

 

Bones out of joint, body has become like water, no longer solid. Implies a draining of energy and life. Thirst and dust, just plain misery before death.

John 19:33-37

But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knows that he saith true, that ye might believe.36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

 

John witnessed all these things and tells them to you. It happened this way.

Bone not broken—reference to the Passover lamb.

Zechariah 12:10-11

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

 

First application was over the death of Josiah. Implies resurrection. Look upon—profound and earnest regard. Mourn—not just a bummer, but a repentant look of bitter lament. The general mourning will be felt as an individual private loss.

Revelation 1:7-8

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

 

Them who pierced—specifically the Jews of His day, but all our sin was in action in piercing Jesus. Beginning and end—He started Creation and now He comes to finish it.

Psalm 22:26-31

The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live forever.27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.28 For the kingdom is the Lord's: and he is the governor among the nations.29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

 

The glories of the Kingdom, the glorious end for the Suffering Servant.

Suffering before glory.

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