Friday, December 5, 2008

I want proof that God is real: The Prophetic Cross

Psalm 22:14-18 written by David in the 10th century B.C.
"I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint;
My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
And Thou dost lay me in the dust of death.
For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me;
They pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones.
They look, they stare at me;
They divide my garments among them, And for my clothing they cast lots."
Psalm 22 is a prophetic description of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ which occurred 1000 years later. Primitive forms of crucifixion date, at the earliest, to 6th century B.C. with the Roman style crucifixion specifically described throughout the Old Testament being developed around the 2nd Century B.C.

Specific details of Roman Crucifixion in this scripture are as follows:

-"all my bones are out of joint"-Dislocated shoulders from hanging on cross. Most deaths from crucifixion were the result of asphyxiation which is from a lack of oxygen supply to the body. Victims would have to pull themselves up with their nailed hands and feet to take each breath. The victim would eventually be overtaken by the pain and exhaustion and in essence suffocate to death.

-"my heart is like wax; it is melted within me"- victims suffered from high fevers due to infection called "sepsis" from pre-crucifixion flogging.

-"my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws"-victims suffered from severe dehydration and exhaustion from loss of body fluid. Dried up like a potsherd refers to drying out of pottery in a kiln. A kiln removes the moisture from the clay. Crucifixion slowly removed blood and water from the body slowly killing the victim.

-"They pierced my hands and my feet"- Jesus was held to the cross by nails driven though his hands/wrists and feet.

-"I can count all my bones"-there are multiple Old Testament prophecies predicting that the Messiah would not have a single bone broken. Roman soldiers would often hasten death by breaking the legs of victims. John 19:34-36 tells us that the soldiers broke the legs of the thieves on either side of Jesus but when they came to Jesus they found him already dead thus fulfilling the scriptures.

-"They divide my garments...and for my clothing they cast lots." A specific fact recorded in all four of the Gospels.

This is a limited reference to the Biblical prophecy of Jesus Christ's Crucifixtion becuase there are references throughout the Old Testament. This is another scripture to go to when in doubt or dealing with a sceptic. Press on brothers!!


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