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:

<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!Asseenfromthecross-vi

Psalms 22:2-5:

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
3 But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
4 Our fathers trusted in Thee: they trusted, and Thou didst deliver them.
5 They cried unto Thee, and were delivered: they trusted in Thee, and were not confounded.

Jesus cried out to God during the day as well as the night. God actually did abandon Him because Jesus had become so filthy with the sin of the world. It makes you appreciate what He did for us, doesn’t it?

Psalms 22:6:

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

Here is our subject verse. Jesus was despised by man. they hated Him and killed Him. They whipped Him. They beat Him. They punched Him. They taunted Him. They laughed at Him.

Psalms 22:7-8:

7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let Him deliver him, seeing He delighted in him.

After Jesus fulfilled the first verse, the second part of the prophecy had to be fulfilled by those around Him. After Jesus called out to God, those around Jesus said the above words (well, at least the same meaning) and fulfilled the second half of the prophecy (Matthew 27:43). Funny how God used man’s scorning to fulfill another prophecy.

Psalms 22:11-14:

11 Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
13 They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

After Jesus died, He was pierced and a mix between water and blood poured from the wound. So, as the 14th verse says, His life (life is in the blood) was literally poured out like water. In fact, some say that the mix of water and blood means a burst heart, fulfilling the part about His heart being “melted”. There is much controversy about this topic so I have written about it here. For the middle part of 14, when crucified the body was completely thrown out of joint, like David wrote.

Psalms 22:15-17:

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

While on the cross, Jesus remarked that He was thirsty, and rightly so, being crucified literally zapped all energy and liquid from the body. And, as we well know, Jesus’ hands and feet were pierced with nails. The 17th verse speaks of how none of Jesus’ bones were broken during His crucifixion. This was very important and was discussed in great detail on No Broken Bones.

Psalms 22:18-19:

18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
19 But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste Thee to help me.

Jesus’ garments were given among the men guarding Him, but His vesture was cast with lots to determine who would keep the whole thing (Matthew 27:35). This meant two things. That the prophecy was being fulfilled as well as that Jesus’ was naked on the cross. Few people realize that. Jesus was publicly humiliated by being exposed on that cross, that was the Roman way.

For Christians, that signifies that God, through His Sacrifice, was the only One who can restore the unashamed nakedness we used to have in the Garden of Eden, before we sinned.

Psalms 22:22-31:

22 I will declare Thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise Thee.
23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise Him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all ye the seed of Israel.
24 For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
25 My praise shall be of Thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear Him.
26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek Him: your heart shall live for ever.
27 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee.
28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and He is the governor among the nations.
29 All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before Him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
30 A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
31 They shall come, and shall declare His righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that He hath done this.

Fitting that a chapter on God’s ultimate Sacrifice should end with praises and blessings upon those who fear Him and worship Him. Amazing!

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