One of the convincing arguments for the inspiration of the Bible is the Old Testament prophecies of Jesus that were fulfilled hundreds of years later. We see that evidenced in parallels between statements in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Psalms 22 is an example of this. Consider these statements:
STATEMENT FROM THE CROSS-
Psalms 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Matthew 27:46, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me.”
ATTITUDES AND WORDS OF THOSE WHO WITNESSED THE CRUCIFIXION-
Psalms 22:7, “All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.”
Luke 23:10-39 describes those who mocked Christ: the religious leaders, the soldiers, and one of the criminals. Matthew 27:39-40 tells about the crowd mocking him.
Psalms 22:8, “He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.”
Matthew 27:43, “He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him.”
DESCRIPTIONS OF THE CRUCIFIXION-
Psalms 22:16, “Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.”
John 19:15-18 describes the crucifixion in the same way, and we know that in crucifixion, the Roman soldiers drove nails through the wrists and feet of the victim.
Psalms 22:17, “I can count my bones; people stare and gloat over me.
John 19:31-33 describes how the Jewish leaders asked Pilate to have Jesus’ legs broken to ensure his death. They didn’t do it because he was already dead, and they pierced his side to prove it. Zechariah 12:10 and Isaiah 53:5 predict the piercing of Jesus.
Psalms 22:18, “They divide my garments among them casting lots for my clothing.”
Matthew 27:35, “When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”
No one contests the date of Psalms 22. It was not written after Jesus died. Some of these things, such as the actions of the Roman soldiers, were certainly not controlled by the early Christians or by Christ. How did the Psalmist get the facts right a thousand years before Christ? This is an apologetic for the validity of the Bible as God-given and not the work of humans.
— John N. Clayton © 2020