Crucifixion, seen from the Cross by James Tissot

Psalm 22:6:

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

I was recently exposed to this verse after seeing that someone had written as a title for their story, “The Jesus Worm – Psalm 22:6″. Naturally, being my curious self, I looked into Psalm 22:6, and the few verses afterward, and discovered some interesting things.

We all know that David had prophecies in his Psalms, and chapter 22 is no exception.

Psalms 22:1:

<<To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.>>

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

I have always been interested in this verse because it documents the exact same words Jesus uttered on the cross before dying. But, one problem I had trouble overcoming was that this prophecy could easily been fulfilled by itself. Anybody could have been on the cross and said the words. But, as with other questions I had with the Bible, I found answers because they were always there in the Bible.

First off, this prophecy is significant because the whole chapter 22 is a prophecy, if Jesus were not to fulfill this prophecy along with the others . . . then it would leave a hole.

Another interesting fact is that Jesus said it in the same way as David did. He used the words “Eli, Eli” like David did in Hebrew when he said, “el’, el’”. Normally, when talking about God, the Old Testament calls Him “‘elohiym”, but in the case of David and Jesus, they said “el’”. Very interesting that Jesus chose to fulfill it like that!

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