Leviticus 18, Psalm 22, Ecclesiastes 1, 1 Timothy 3

Leviticus 18:1-5

God was beginning a new community; He would be their God and they would be His people.  Because of this new relationship, they were to be different, not like the Egyptians and Canaanites.  At Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:8, the people said, "All that the LORD has spoken we will do".  Most of Leviticus is God telling the Israelites how they were to be different, just like the New Testament is telling me as a disciple of Christ Jesus how I am to be different.  How different am I supposed to be?  I am to be "holy".  Anything set apart uniquely and specifically for God's special use is holy.  How diligently am I setting myself apart for His holy purpose?

Psalm 22

How appropriate for our Good Friday's reading!  Is God's timing perfect or what? (Galatians 4:4-6)

Psalm 22 is a messianic prophecy fulfilled in the six hours Jesus hung on the cross.  It would be worthwhile to read Matthew 27:31-50, Mark 15:20-37, Luke 23:26-46, and John 19:16-30.

The first 21 verses are divided between events of the crucifixion and Jesus reminding Himself of all that is true of His Father.  Notice how verses 3, 9 and 19 begin with "Yet, you" and "But you".  It is true God had forsaken Him, "Yet you are holy".  It is true the people scorned, despised, mocked and wagged their heads at Him, "Yet you are he".  It is true bulls, lions and dogs surround Him.  He is poured out.  His bones are out of joint.  His heart does melt.  His strength is dried up.  They have pierced His hands and feet.  They have cast lots for His clothing, "But you, O LORD".  All that was done to Jesus on the cross was true, but more certain and sure was His trust in His God and LORD. 

The last sentence in verse 21 is the turning point of the Psalm.  Notice the change in tense between the first sentence and the second sentence.  "Save me from the mouth of the lion!  You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!"

Based on His trust of the LORD His God, the rescued/risen Jesus Christ will tell of Your name to His brothers, the great congregation!  Notice Jesus' description of His brothers, the great congregation:  "You who fear the LORD” (v 23), all of you who "stand in awe of him" (v 23), "those who fear him" (v 25), "those who seek him" (v 26), all "who remember and turn to the LORD" (v 27), all who "worship before you" (v 27), all who "before him shall bow" (v 29), "they shall come and proclaim his righteousness" (v 31). 

Jesus' last words from the cross were "It is finished" (John 19:30).  The last words of Psalm 22 is "He has done it".  The Spirit of the Living God speaking through David foretold the events of Good Friday from "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" to "It is finished". 

Just as Peter said in Acts 2:23, "This Jesus delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you have crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it". 

What could I add except: 

HALLELUJAH!  PRAISE TO THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT! 

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