This passage is directly from the Bible. From reading it, see if you can figure out who it is referring to:
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent. Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. In you our fathers put their trusts; they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
“But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. 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.’ Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. From birth, I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help.
“Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. Roaring lions tearing their prey open their mouths wide against me. I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.”
Would it surprise you to find out that this passage was a Psalm written by David almost 1,000 years before Christ was crucified? Would it surprise you even more to find out that the piercing of hands and feet never happened in the Jewish culture during David’s time and that crucifixion was not even introduced in Israel until the Romans conquered it several hundred years after this passage was written. This passage is from Psalm 22, and it is considered a prophecy pointing to Jesus’ crucifixion and death. One more question: What do you think inspired David to write this passage?
And now, I will let many of you in on a little secret with this: Some Prophecies Should Never Fade From Memory. See if you can figure it out!