Why Have You Forsaken Me?

Psalm 22:9-10

In Psalm 22:9, page 874 Messiah remembered God bringing Him forth from the womb, and trusting upon God as Messiah suckled. In Psalm 22:10, pages 874-875, Messiah indicated that He was “cast from birth” upon God, and God has been His God since birth. Because of this life-long relationship, Messiah appealed to His God to be with Him now in this time of distress, because God had brought Him forth from birth and had always been His God.

Psalm 22:11-18

In Psalm 22:11, page 875, David plead for God not to be far from Messiah, for trouble was near; for there was none to help. 1David used the term “help” (“עוֹזֵר”) here to indicate deliverance or succour.  This Qal participle draws attention to David’s prayer that God would be “not far” (“אַל-תִּרְחַק “) from David, as described above.    Notice that David consistently identified the nearness of God with help from God.  At this point, the Messianic quality of this Psalm grows very intense.  Messiah’s enemies have surrounded Him as strong bulls, opening wide their mouths, like a ravening and roaring lion (Psalm 22:12-14, page 875). David then portrayed the bodily torture of Messiah.   Messiah’s heart was like water poured out, with all of His bones out of joint, and His heart melted like wax within Him (Psalm 22:14, page 875).  His strength had dried up, and His tongue cleaved to His jaws, as God laid Him in the dust of death (Psalm 22:15, page 875). David exclaimed that Messiah’s hands and feet have been pierced by a band of evildoers (Psalm 22:16, page 875). Messiah could count all His bones, which stared at Him (Psalm 22:17, page 875).  In this section, we see a vivid description of suffering, which came upon Messiah, even though He sought to avoid suffering by groaning to God for help.  Even while pierced, Messiah still counted upon God to be near Him, even though no one else was there to help Him.  His enemies divided His garments, and cast lots for His clothing.  The purely Messianic flavor of these comments indicates that much of this section pertains exclusively to Jesus Christ crucified. Throughout the ordeal of crucifixion, Messiah expected God to be near Him to help Him endure the agony.

Psalm 22:19-21        

After expressing both Messiah’s internal torture and his bodily injuries at the hands of His enemies, David refocused upon the LORD, requesting that He not be far off. 2The Hebrew terms for “not far off” (“אַל-תִּרְחָק”) remind us of the recurring theme that God brings “help” (“לְעֶזְרָתִי”) with Him and Messiah sought that the LORD would act with haste (“חוּשָׁה”).  In Psalm 22:19, page 875, Messiah pleads for the LORD not to be “far off.”   In Psalm 22:20, page 875, David

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1. David used the term “help” (“עוֹזֵר”) here to indicate deliverance or succour.  This Qal participle draws attention to David’s prayer that God would be “not far” (“אַל-תִּרְחַק “) from David, as described above.
2. The Hebrew terms for “not far off” (“אַל-תִּרְחָק”) remind us of the recurring theme that God brings “help” (“לְעֶזְרָתִי”) with Him and Messiah sought that the LORD would act with haste (“חוּשָׁה”).