Volumes Spoken in One Phrase

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As Jesus hung from the cross, He had the undivided attention of both His followers and His mockers. He is hanging by nails, pierced and beaten almost to death. He is weak in His dying body but strong in His spirit given by The Father. Is it plausible, since Jesus was fully God and knew He wasn’t forsaken but fulfilling the law in order to bring about reconciliation, that His outward question of being forsaken had a bigger message? (Psalm 22:1/Matthew 27:46) My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  What if Jesus quoted a Psalm written by David a thousand years earlier to give comfort and hope to His followers, then and now? I ask you to thoughtfully read Psalm 22 as if Jesus recited the entire chapter while dying on the cross for you and all other faithful. See how the actions of the cross were given one thousand years in advance and see what the heart of Jesus might have felt as He died as a perfect sacrifice. Here are a few references, but reading the entire chapter with an open and appreciative heart will allow one phrase from the lips of Christ to speak volumes to your heart.

(Psalm 22:7-8) All who see me mock me; [(Matthew 27:29) kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”]  they make mouths at me; they wag their heads; [(Matthew 27:39) those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads] “He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”[(Matthew 27:33) He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him

 (Psalm 22:16-18) a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— 17 I can count all my bones [(John 19:33) when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs] (Psalm 34:20) He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. they stare and gloat over me; 18 they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots [(Matthew 27:35) they divided his garments among them by casting lots]

Knowing the Beginning from the End

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Throughout the Old Testament God uses His prophets to foretell the future. He uses these prophecies to warn people of His impending judgement and to prove His control over the universe. He also shows that He is not limited by the constraints of time. (Isaiah 46:9-10)  I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done

God explains the end from the beginning (prophecy) and the beginning from the end (fulfillment). Not only does God have prophecy and fulfillment within the Old Testament, but He uses the Old Testament to prophecy the entire New Testament. If the Old Testament is one prophecy, The New Testament is its fulfillment. (Isaiah 42:9) Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Take a look at the visions in the Book of Daniel. His prophecy was so accurate that scholars argue that the book had to have been written at a date later than they originally agreed on. He describes the coming kingdoms with their rulers and how they would dissolve into parts. Historians can attach names to the people described in the prophecy without debate. I’m not surprised that Daniel was so accurate, he was the mouth piece of God. I’m amused that people with try to explain away the date of the books authorship than accept the word of God as truth when it stares them in the face. What a gift to see the actions of God defy explanation. What ridiculous faith it takes to believe God is not in control of His creation.