My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? (Psalm 22:1)
These are the words Lord Jesus spoke while He was on the cross. This happened because, “God made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
But You are holy,
Enthroned in the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)
God dwells (inhabits) the praises of His people. When His people praise Him, His presence descends down.
12 Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. 13 They gape at Me with their mouths, Like a raging and roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water, And all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It has melted within Me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. 16 For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet; 17 I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. 18 They divide My garments among them, And for My clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22:20-21)
The Hebrew word “bulls” in this passage is the word “abbiyr” which means “angel, mighty one, stout.” It implies a very strong spirit.
The land of Bashan, in Moses’ time was very heavily populated with a famous race of giants. We can find one of those in Deuteronomy 3:1-8, with their leader named Og.
While Bashan was a fertile land for raising cattle, there were no literal cattle or bulls present on mount Calvary.
The second meaning of the “bulls of Bashan” would be the strong evil spirits that worked in the men.
Jesus said…”the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me” (John 14:30). Christ knew the forces of darkness would battle against Him, but they would have no control over Him in any form! Therefore the bulls of Bashan may be a cryptic reference to the powers of darkness that gathered around the cross.
Whether or not this was an attack by demonic spirits or the spirits of the wicked men who were against him, the “bulls of Bashan” added to the mental torment that was upon Christ.
Scripture Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled
Psalm 22:14 John 9:34
Psalm 22:14-17 Matthew 27:25
Psalm 22:17 John 19:37
Psalm 22:18 John 19:23-24
20 Deliver Me from the sword, My precious life from the power of the dog. 21 Save Me from the lion’s mouth and from the horns of the wild oxen! You have answered Me. (Psalm 22:20-21)
The Psalmist asks for deliverance from 4 things:
2.The power of the dog
3.The Lions mouth
4.The horns of the wild ox
My praise shall be of You in the great assembly;
I will pay My vows before those who fear Him. (Psalm 22:25)
My praise shall be of You in the great assembly
The great assembly are the people of God; the church
I will pay My vows before those who fear Him
4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it;
For He has no pleasure in fools.
Pay what you have vowed—
5 Better not to vow than to vow and not pay. (Ecclesiastes 5:3-5)