Why Forsaken? Psalm 22

Why Forsaken? Psalm 22


"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?" (Psa22.1 ESV)


written by David in dreadful turmoil of harassment by enemies.

fulfilled in God's suffering servant, namely Jesus (Lk24.44).

His cry from the cross: "Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?" (Mt27.46 / Mk15.34).


Hebrew word azab used 215x: leave, forsake, refuse, abandon.

Forsaken accommodatively: as a man leaves behind parents (Gen2.24).

Joseph's master left house under his care (Gen39.6) / Joseph left cloak (v12,13,15,18).


To fulfill His plan with Jacob (Gen28.15), to stay with Joshua (Josh1.5).

"He will not forsake His holy ones" Psa37.28 - Because of His virtue (1Sam12.22).

Will not utterly abandon -- but ultimately rescue (Psa16.19 / Isa54.7).

Promise of His presence: Dt31.6,8  >> Heb13.5 Yet valid for His people.


He Does Forsake Sinners

When we leave God & His word, He leaves us (Dt31.16-18 / Josh24.16,20)

Time and again the Judges say they did! (Judges2.12,13 / 10.6,10,13)

Also during the kingdom period (1Kgs9.9 / 11.33 / 18.18 / 19.10&14)

"They that forsake Yahweh shall be consumed." (Isa1.28)

The prophet Jeremiah wanted to leave his people (Jer9.2).

Jesus pronounced the certain coming doom of Jerusalem (Lk13.35)

We are admonished not to forsake the assembly of ourselves (Heb10.25)


Hebrew concept of God's company: if with us, we are well / if ill, He has left us.

Human hearts yearn for truth and justice. When things go wrong, we groan.

Our own sins are worst at tormenting our hearts (Psa32.3&4 / 38.1-10).


Secure with the Father

"For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me." (John6.38 ESV) [See also Psa40.7-8.]

"And he who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him." (John8:29 ESV)

"For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again." (John10.17 ESV)


Q: How could Jesus, who lived so closely to the Father, ever be truly forsaken?

Q: Do we really understand His grueling experience on the cross? All His pain?


Jesus, sharing our flesh & blood, experienced this groaning for sin (Heb5.7,8).

Not His own, but ours -- place on Him by rejection and grave mistreatment.

And shared by His heart, who was 'made to be sin' for us! (2Cor5.21)


notes by David Teel Monday, December 22, 2014