Friday, March 11, 2011

Psalm 22 in Matthew 27

Matthew quotes from Psalm 22 twice in his narration of the crucifixion in Matthew 27. In verse 35 he quotes from Psalm 22:18. Christ quotes Psalm 22:1 in verse 46. Matthew's point here is a simple. Even in the middle of this great darkness, where the Son of God is being crucified, God is in control. Even here, where we would assume God has lost his handle on things, Scripture is being fulfilled. Even at the cross, where the Kingdom appears to gotten off track, God's Word predicted it long ago.

If God was in control at the cross, how much more is he in control of our tragedies and sorrows? If Christ trusted his Father at the cross, how much more can we trust our Father when we have to endure trials and tribulations?

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8