Christ in Psalm 22

24 01 2013
Psalm 22:1: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” Matthew 27:46: “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Psalm 22:7-8: “All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, say…ing, He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”
Matthew 27:39-40: “And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.”
Psalm 22:18: “They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”
John 19:24: “They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.”
Psalm 22:22: “I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
Hebrews 2:12: “Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.”
Psalm 22:27: “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.”
Matthew 28:18-20: “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Election and Reprobation

20 11 2012



Exodus 9:16: “And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

Romans 9:16-18: “So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

“The election of some unto salvation is not to the detriment of others. Reprobation is neither the cause that someone sins, nor why someone is damned, but the sinner himself and his sin are the cause. It is true that those who have not been elected will not be saved; it is equally true that none but sinners will be damned. It is also true that whoever repents, believes in Christ, and lives holily will not be damned but saved. Man is therefore to be blamed for not doing so. Likewise when God converts someone, brings him to Christ, and sanctifies him, it is to be attributed to His sovereign grace…It is a pure manifestation of holiness to deliver men through Christ and to lead them unto salvation in the way of holiness. It is also a pure manifestation of holiness to leave men who sin voluntarily in their sin, and to damn them for their sins. When a person becomes godly and a believer, this is not to be attributed to any efforts by man who, being evil, wishes only to do evil. It must rather be attributed to the work of God’s grace which He only performs in the elect.” Wilhelmus a’ Brakel



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God is Sovereign in Giving Gifts

19 11 2012

Psalm 115:3 “But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”

The understanding of God’s sovereignty is a tremendous source of comfort and blessing. God is real and alive and He reigns from heaven over all things. As one considers God’s sovereignty, the doctrine of election and the overruling providence of God immediately comes to the mind (Romans 9:11-16; Genesis 45:5, 7). 


Paul also knew that the Church in Corinth must understand God’s sovereignty in the diversity of spiritual gifts distributed to the body of Christ. The body was to refrain from jealousy and appreciate the spiritual gifts given according to God’s will for the edification of the members in Corinth. Observe God’s sovereignty:


1 Corinthians 12:3: “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.


1Corinthains 12:11: “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”


1 Corinthians 12:18: “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.”


Corinthians 12:28: ” And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.


The Divine Refiner

16 11 2012

Job 23:8-10: “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as GOLD.

1 Peter 1:6-8: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of GOLD that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

O, once I had a glorious view of my redeeming Lord; He said, I’ll be a God to you, and I believed his word. But now I have a deeper stroke Than all my groanings are; My God has me of late forsook,–He’s gone, I know not where.

O what immortal joys I felt, on that celestial day, When my hard heart began to melt, by love dissolved away! But my complaint is bitter now, for all my joys are gone; I’ve strayed!–I’m left!–I know not how the light’s from the withdrawn.

I forward go in duty’s way, But can’t perceive him there; Then backwards on the road I stray, but cannot find him there: On the left hand, where he doth work, among the wicked crew, And on the right, I find him not, among the favored few.

What shall I do?–Shall I lie down, and sink in deep despair? Will he forever wear a frown, nor hear my feeble prayer? No: he will put his strength in me, He knows the way I’ve strolled And when I’m tried sufficiently I shall come forth as GOLD.

Foreknowledge: Omniscience or Foreordination?

15 11 2012

Today the preacher on the radio taught that the doctrine of foreknowledge has reference to what God knew beforehand (omniscience) and not foreordination. In particular he addressed the doctrine of election as related to foreknowledge and informed the audience that God chose Jacob because He knew Jacob would choose God. Too, Esau, he declared, was not elected because God knew beforehand that Esau would reject God.


The preacher’s analogy of God’s foreknowledge was by comparing God’s foreknowledge with Halley’s Comet. The minister declared that as Edmond Halley predicted the appearance of the comet without producing the comet, God knows who will choose Him even though He is not instrumental in the production of the choice.


I disagree because:
1. When foreknowledge is linked to salvation the meaning of foreknowledge includes foreordination (1 Peter 1:2, 20; Acts 2:23; Romans 8:29).
2. A misunderstanding of man’s willingness to choose God because of man’s inherent depravity (John 5:40; 6:44; 10:26).
3. A disregard for Romans 9:11: “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.”
4. The analogy is deficient. True, Edmond Halley only predicted the comet based upon Newton’s laws and historical data and did not produce the comet. However, God not only knew when the comet would appear in our Solar System, He also created the comet and causes it to maintain its orbit (Colossians 1:17). God foreordains the salvation of the elect and by His power creates life and makes them willing in the day of His power (Psalm 110:3).
If you came to Christ for salvation God did not simply know beforehand of your decision, He foreordained to give you faith whereby you now believe: “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me” (John 6:37).

God’s Calling: Different Applications in light of the New Covenant (Concerning Divorce and Circumcision)

14 11 2012

*Ezra 10:2-4: “And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra, We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land: yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing. Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them, according to the counsel of my lord, and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God; and let it be done according to the law .

*1 Corinthians 7:12-14: “But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

*Exodus 4:24-26: “And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision. (Genesis 17:14)  

*1 Corinthians 7:18, 19 “Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

When God Came Down

13 11 2012

Exodus  3:8: “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”

John 6:38-40: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Exodus 3:14: “And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.”

John 8:58: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Matthew Henry comments on Exodus 3:8: This deliverance was typical of our redemption by Christ, in which the eternal Word did indeed come down from heaven to deliver us: it was his errand into the world. He promises also their happy settlement in the land of Canaan, that they should exchange bondage for liberty, poverty for plenty, labor for rest, and the precarious condition of tenants at will for the ease and honor of lords proprietors. Note, Whom God by his grace delivers out of a spiritual Egypt he will bring to a heavenly Canaan.


12 11 2012

Exodus 2:22: And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for [Moses] said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

1 Peter 2:11: Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

“I am a stranger here below, And what I am ’tis hard to know; I am so vile, so prone to sin, I fear that I’m not born again.

When I experience call to mind, My understanding is so blind; All feeling sense seems to be gone, Which makes me think that I am wrong.

I find myself out of the way, My tho’ts are often gone astray; Like one alone I seem to be, Oh is there anyone like me?

‘Tis seldom I can ever see Myself as I would wish to be; What I desire I can’t attain, From what I hate I can’t refrain.

So far from God I seem to lie, Which makes me weep and cry; I fear at last that I shall fall, For if a saint, the least of all.

I seldom find a heart to pray, So many things get in the way Thus filled with doubts, I ask to know, Come tell me is it thus with you?

So by experience I know There’s nothing good I can do; I cannot satisfy the law, Nor hope , nor comfort from it draw.

My nature is so prone to sin, Which makes my duty so unclean; Then when I count up all the cost, If not free grace, then I am lost.

The End of Disappointment

8 11 2012

“We’re used to rulers disappointing us. Think of Barack Obama storming to the American Presidency in 2008. To millions, he was the one who was going to change things. He was going to turn it all around. He was going to deliver. He was going to give the American people the life they wanted, the life they dreamed of. Hope soon became tinged with disappointment; of course it did! How could one man change so much, do so much, achieve so much? He couldn’t. He’d been asked to do too much (I experienced the same disappointment after the 94 midterm election).

“God’s angel said to some very ordinary people ‘He’s here.’ The Christ, God’s promised King, who could actually deliver on his promises, had arrived. That was great news for those shepherds then, and it’s great news for us today.” Carl Laferton

The Inauguration

7 11 2012

Genesis 49:10: The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

1. A king from the tribe of Judah will be installed-“The scepter” and “a lawgiver.” “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David”
(Luke 1:32).

2. The king’s jurisdiction will extend to all peoples of the earth-“gathering of the people.” “That in the dispensation of the fullness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him” (Ephesians 1:10).

“The sovereignty remained with Judah. It continued to be the royal tribe till the prophetic epoch. When other tribes lost their peculiar position and their positive distinctiveness, Judah still remained—and it survives in the common appellation of the Hebrew people to this day. The Israelites are more commonly called Jews than by any other name. Jesus, the tribe of Judah, is the King of the Jews, even though they reject Him. Over His head upon the Cross was written the indelible Truth in letters of Hebrew, Greek and Latin, ‘This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.’ Yes, He is King of all faithful Jews and of all believing Gentiles at this hour—with a sovereignty wider than that of emperors—yes, as wide as the dwelling places of all mankind! He is ‘King of kings, and Lord of lords.’” C. H. Spurgeon