Psalms 22 has many references to Jesus’ death and to the way that he died. Below are some examples. While you read these examples, please remember that the Psalms were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

Psalm 22:7-8 states that, All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: “He Trusts in the LORD; let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him since he delights in him.”

The New Testament says that at the Crucifixion of Jesus,

Matthew 27:39-43

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”

Mark 15:29-32

Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, come down from the cross and save yourself!” In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! Let this Christ, this King of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.”

Psalm 22:16

states, “they have pierced my hands and feet.” The Tanakh interprets this slightly differently by stating that, “Like lions [they maul] my hands and feet.”, but a lion mauls by piercing and tearing, so this seems to say pretty much the same thing.

The New Testament says that at the Crucifixion of Jesus,

Mark 15:25

It was the third hour when they crucified him. (Crucifixion is done by piercing the hands and feet.)

Luke 23:33

When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him

John 19:16-18

Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him…

Psalm 22:17

states, “I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.” We saw examples of the gloating already, so lets see what the New Testament says about Jesus’ bones…

John 19:31

Now it was the day of Preparation, and the next day was to be a special Sabbath. Because the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses during the Sabbath, they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies taken down. The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs.

Psalm 22:18

states, “They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.” The New Testament states that:

Mark 15:24

And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get.

Luke 23:34

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

John 19:23

When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

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