One in Messiah Congregation


Crucifixion was a Roman and a Grecian custom, unknown to the Jews until the days of their captivity (600 B.C.). The Jews executed their criminals by stoning. And yet, written one thousand years before the time of Messiah, by a man, David, who had never seen or heard of such a method of execution as crucifixion, Psalm 22 gives a graphic portrayal of death by crucifixion!

In Psalm 22, Messiah dying an awful death, under very peculiar circumstances. The ancient document says, "the assembly of the wicked have inclosed Me: they pierced My hands and My feet. I may tell all My bones: they look and stare upon Me" (verses 16-17). Crucifixion in David's time was unknown among the Jews; yet the piercing of hands and feet together with the partial stripping-"telling all the bones"-obviously means crucifixion: the crucified are pierced only in their hands and feet, and stripped for exposure. I may tell all my bones - means crucifixion

Messiah is the fulfillment of Judaism. The many Messianic prophecies of the Hebrew Scriptures were fulfilled in Yashua. Judaism is incomplete without Him, and cannot make sense if His claim to be the Messiah is rejected.

The Brit Chadasha , New Testament, or New Covenant, is a fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy that the Lord was going to make a new covenant with the house of Israel. According to this New Covenant, He would write the law upon their hearts, He would forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more (Jeremiah 31: 31-34). The book of Hebrews (Chapters 8-10) explains how this New Covenant was fulfilled in Yashua.

Psalm 22

.דִּבְרֵי שַׁאֲגָתִי ,רָחוֹק מִישׁוּעָתִי ;לָמָה עֲזַבְתָּנִי ,אֵלִי אֵלִי

[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 Yashua cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

[2].דֻמִיָּה לִי-וְלֹא ,וְלַיְלָה ;תַעֲנֶה וְלֹא ,אֶקְרָא יוֹמָם--אֱלֹהַי

] O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.
[3] .תְּהִלּוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל יוֹשֵׁב --וְאַתָּה קָדוֹשׁ

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
[4] .וַתְּפַלְּטֵמוֹ בָּטְחוּ ;בָּטְחוּ אֲבֹתֵינוּ ,בְּךָ

Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.
[5] .בוֹשׁוּ-בָטְחוּ וְלֹא;אֵלֶיךָ זָעֲקוּ וְנִמְלָטוּ

They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.
[6] .וּבְזוּי עָם ,חֶרְפַּת אָדָם ;אִישׁ-וְאָנֹכִי תוֹלַעַת וְלֹא

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.
[7] .יָנִיעוּ רֹאשׁ ,יַפְטִירוּ בְשָׂפָה ;יַלְעִגוּ לִי ,רֹאַי-כָּל

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,

Matthew 27[39] And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
[8] .כִּי חָפֵץ בּוֹ ,יַצִּילֵהוּ ,יְהוָה יְפַלְּטֵהוּ-גֹּל אֶל

He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. Matthew 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
[9] .שְׁדֵי אִמִּי עַל ,מַבְטִיחִי ;אַתָּה גֹחִי מִבָּטֶן-כִּי

But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother's breasts.
[10] .אֵלִי אָתָּה ,מִבֶּטֶן אִמִּי ;הָשְׁלַכְתִּי מֵרָחֶם ,עָלֶיךָ

I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother's belly.
[11] .אֵין עוֹזֵר כִּי :קְרוֹבָה צָרָה-כִּי ,תִּרְחַק מִמֶּנִּי-אַל

Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help.
[12].אַבִּירֵי בָשָׁן כִּתְּרוּנִי ,פָּרִים רַבִּים ,סְבָבוּנִי

Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
[13].טֹרֵף וְשֹׁאֵג , (lion)אַרְיֵה ;פִּיהֶם פָּצוּ עָלַי

They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
];כַּדּוֹנָג ,הָיָה לִבִּי :עַצְמוֹתָי-כָּל ,וְהִתְפָּרְדוּ--כַּמַּיִם נִשְׁפַּכְתִּי

[14].מֵעָי בְּתוֹךְ ,נָמֵס

] I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.
;מֻדְבָּק מַלְקוֹחָי וּלְשׁוֹנִי ,כֹּחִי ,יָבֵשׁ כַּחֶרֶשׂ

[15].תִּשְׁפְּתֵנִי מָוֶת-וְלַעֲפַר

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.
[16] .וְרַגְלָי יָדַי ,כָּאֲרִי ;הִקִּיפוּנִי ,מְרֵעִים עֲדַת :כְּלָבִים ,כִּי סְבָבוּנִי

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. (אֲרִי pierced כָּ like a lion)

[17].בִי-יִרְאוּ ,הֵמָּה יַבִּיטוּ ;עַצְמוֹתָי-אֲסַפֵּר כָּל

John.19[34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. [35] And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.[36] For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.[37] And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.

Belief in the Messiah is thoroughly Jewish. Jesus was Jewish, all of his disciples were Jewish, and, at first, the early Church was Jewish. These people recognized that Yashua was the long-awaited Jewish Messiah. According to the prophet Daniel, the Messiah was to come before the destruction of the second temple at Jerusalem (Daniel 9:26), which took place in A.D. 70.

I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.

The Messiah was to die by crucifixion, according to Psalm 22:16 ("They pierced my hands and feet"). The Jewish people as a whole would not know that their Messiah was the crucified one until the siege against Jerusalem at the end, when "they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son." (Zechariah 12:10).

Zech.12 [10] And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

[18] .יַפִּילוּ גוֹרָל ,לְבוּשִׁי ;יְחַלְּקוּ בְגָדַי לָהֶם

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. Mark.15:24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

[19] But be not thou far from me, O LORD: O my strength, haste thee to help me.
[20] Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.
[21] Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
[22] I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
[23] Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.
[24] For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.
[25] My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.
[26] The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
[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.
[28] For the kingdom is the LORD's: and he is the governor among the nations.
[29] All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship: all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.
[30] A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation.
[31] They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

Psa. 22:1...Forsaken because of sins of others...2 Cor. 5:21
Psa. 22:1...Words spoken from Calvary, "My God..." Mk. 15:34
Psa. 22:2...Darkness upon Calvary...Mt. 27:45
Psa. 22:7...They shoot out the lip and shake the head...Mt. 27:39
Psa. 22:8.."He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him"...Mt. 27:43
Psa. 22:9......Born the Saviour......Lu. 2:7
Psa. 22:14...Died of a broken (ruptured)heart...Jn. 19:34
Psa. 22:14,15...Suffered agony on Calvary...Mk. 15:34-37
Psa. 22:15........He thirsted........Jn. 19:28
Psa. 22:16...They pierced His hands and His feet....Jn. 19:34,37;20:27
Psa. 22:17,18...Stripped Him before the stares of men...Lu. 23:34,35
Psa. 22:18.....They parted His garments.....Jn. 19:23,24
Psa. 22:20,21...He committed Himself to God...Lu.23:46
Psa. 22:20,21..Satanic power bruising the Redeemer's heel..Heb. 2:14
Psa. 22:22.....His Resurrection declared.....Jn. 20:17
Psa. 22:27...He shall be the governor of the nations...Col 1:16
Psa. 22:31......"It is finished"......Jn. 19:30

Some other Messianic prophecies in Yeshua:

He was to be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)

Virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14).

He was to be a prophet like Moses (Deut. 18:15-19).

He would enter Jerusalem in triumph (Zech. 9:9).

He was to be rejected by His own people (Isaiah 53:1,3)

Betrayed by one of his followers (Psalm 41:9)

Tried and condemned (Isaiah 53:8).

He was to be silent before His accusers (Isaiah 53:7)

Smitten and spat upon by his enemies (Isaiah 50:6)

Mocked and taunted (Psalm 22:7,8)

Crucified (Psalm 22:16)

He was to suffer with transgressors (Isaiah 53:12)

Be given vinegar and gall (Psalm 69:21)

They were to cast lots for Messiah's garments (Psalm 22:18)

His bones were not to be broken (Numbers 9:12, Exodus 12:46)

The Messiah was to die as a sacrifice for sin (Isaiah 53:5-12)

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