Why Have You Forsaken Me?

The Context of Psalm 22

Now let us look at the balance of the Psalm 22, pages 874-875.  Let me reiterate that Messiah felt separated from divine deliverance, but not separated in spiritual unity from the Godhead.  Messiah groaned for deliverance, but God did not send deliverance. In Psalm 22, Messiah described His pleas for deliverance from His enemies. In large measure, David spoke prophetically of Messiah and His sufferings.

Psalm 22:1-5

Psalm 22 opened with Messiah speaking about God forsaking Him, and the distance between His groanings  on the one hand and the deliverance He sought on the other hand. In Psalm 22:2-3, page 874, Messiah spoke of His cries by day and night, but God did not answer.  Yet, Messiah remained steadfast in belief that the LORD deserved to be enthroned on the praises of Israel.  In Psalm 22:4-5, page 874, Messiah recalled that His fathers sought deliverance and God delivered them. 1The Hebrew term for “delivered them” (“תְּפַלְּטֵמוֹ”) indicated that Messiah remembered the LORD’S previous acts of deliverance when His forefathers cried out to God for deliverance.  See Exodus 14:26-29, page 111 and Judges 6:13, page 399. Essentially, David wrote predominantly in Psalm 22 as the Messiah’s scribe.

Psalm 22:6-8

David, in Psalm 22:6, page 874, speaking of Messiah, allowed us to look through the eyes of Messiah.  Messiah described Himself as a worm and not a man, because people looked upon Him as a reproach of men and despised by the people.  In Psalm 22:8, page 874, David related the sneering jousts of Messiah’s enemies: “Commit yourself to the LORD; let Him deliver him; Let Him rescue him, because He delights in him.”  2The Hebrew term for “delivered” (“יְפַלְּטֵהוּ”) seems similar in meaning to the term “rescue” (“יַצִּילֵהוּ”) in the same verse.

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1. The Hebrew term for “delivered them” (“תְּפַלְּטֵמוֹ”) indicated that Messiah remembered the LORD’S previous acts of deliverance when His forefathers cried out to God for deliverance.  See Exodus 14:26-29, page 111 and Judges 6:13, page 399.
2. The Hebrew term for “delivered” (“יְפַלְּטֵהוּ”) seems similar in meaning to the term “rescue” (“יַצִּילֵהוּ”) in the same verse.