LHM Lenten Devotion – March 22, 2014 “Prophetic Words”

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By Reverend Wayne Palmer

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“Prophetic Words”

March 22, 2014

Lenten devo cover 2014Read Psalm 37.  TEXT: He trusts in the Lord; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, for He delights in him! (Psalm 22:8).

We saw the childish mockery of the Jewish crowds yesterday. But surely we can expect a more dignified response from the Jewish leaders. As it turns out, their mockery may be more sophisticated, but it is no less childish. They urge Jesus to throw His concerns on His Father, to plead with Him to deliver Him from His suffering, “Let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him.”

They laugh to each other, knowing God had said, “If a man has committed a crime punishable by death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall bury him the same day, for a hanged man is cursed by God” (see Deuteronomy 21:22-23). To their minds God would never permit an innocent man to be crucified, so Jesus could hardly be God’s Son. God could not possibly delight in a man He has cursed and forsaken!

Now step back and compare their words with those written by the prophet David: “He trusts in the Lord; let Him deliver him; let Him rescue him, for He delights in him!”

“He trusts in God; let God deliver Him now, if He desires Him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God'” (Matthew 27:43).

It is striking that the very words they say match this prophecy of the Messiah so closely. Their own thoughtless mockery testifies that Jesus is indeed the Messiah they have rejected-just as He was predicted through David. Yet He has become a curse by being crucified to free them from God’s curse.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, thank You for becoming a curse for me that I may live under Your eternal blessings. Amen.

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