Sweet Sunday Sermon – Thoughts on Psalm 22 – part 1
Submitted by Dr. GP
Psalm 22 describes the sufferings of the Lord Jesus on the cross under three headings
These are followed by a Praise section in this Psalm
The emotional or Psychological suffering of Jesus is described in the first 16 verse of Psalm 22, and mirrors the reports of Matthew 26:39; Matthew. 27:39-44; Mark 15:29, 30; Luke 22:40-41 Luke 23:35.
The passion or suffering of Christ began in Gethsemane on the night just before He was crucified. Knowing that the time of his death was near, as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane He suffered great mental anguish in an agony with such great emphasis and earnestness, that Hebrews 5:7 describes it as ‘’ with strong crying and tears.’’
Of the many aspects of His initial suffering, the one which is of particular physiological and psychological interest is the very rare phenomenon of bloody sweat (hematidrosis or hemohidrosis.
The Physiological suffering of Jesus is described in John 10: 17-18; John 19:28 inter alia
Psalm 22:14 reads….. “I am poured out like water, “
V 15 states “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.”
V 17 states “I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.”
The phrases “my tongue cleaveth to my jaws” and; “I may tell all my bones” suggests that Jesus experienced THIRST secondary to DEHYDRATION.
The phrase I am poured out like water, very vividly explains how His thirst and dehydration occurred.
Today, medical science allows as to understand and explain the phenomena described in these verses. This is the substance of the lecture.