“My God, My God
Why Have You Forsaken Me?”
In Matthew 27:46, page 1555, Jesus cried out: “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” In our study today, we shall look at the Old Testament context of this quotation. We will see that God the Son was never divided in essence from the God the Father nor from God the Holy Spirit. God the Father never cut off God the Son. Let us start with a review of Psalm 22:1, page 874.
Psalm 22:1, Page 874
“My God, My God, why have you forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.”
In Psalm 22:1, page 874, David wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The exact words recorded in the text make a difference and convey special meaning. As you read through the Psalm, the crucifixion of the Messiah emerges prophetically from the text. In Psalm 22, David, writing hundreds of years before the virgin birth of Christ, vividly described the sufferings of Christ Jesus hanging on the cross, with His hands and feet pierced. Therefore, many people refer to this Psalm as a Messianic Psalm, because it depicts the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, Savior of the world. 2The New Testament description of the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth fits well with the images portrayed in Psalm 22:1, page 874. For example, in Psalm 22:6-8, mockers hurled their blasphemies, just as people spoke against Jesus on the cross. Compare Luke 23:35-39, page 1649. David wrote about Messiah being forsaken by His God, and Jesus uttered the same words about being forsaken by God as He hung on the cross.