85: Psalms 22:22


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 85

It is by the death and resurrection of the Messiah that the whole world will learn of the Grace and Love of God.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 22:22 “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

1 John 3:16 “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.”

1 John 4:10 “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’

Application:

David describes the Messiah—declared in the midst of the assembly. This would only be possible if He were raised from the dead. By His resurrection, the Messiah would display tangible proof of God’s love for all mankind.

The purpose of Psalm 22:22, is to reveal by the prophetic word, the plans and purposes of God in sending His Son to die for the sins of the world. By His resurrection, Jesus confirmed that God was well-pleased with the sacrifice He had made for us, and His willingness to receive—eternally—all those who believe upon Jesus for their Salvation.

Jesus name, now declared in our midst—displays the Love of God in a real and tangible form that anyone can understand.

The human definition of love is “an emotion of a strong affection and personal attachment.”[1] Most people understand the emotion of love as an “intense romantic or sexual attachment to someone.”[2] The Biblical definition of Love is the action of giving for the benefit of another.

1 John 3:16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. (NIV)

1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God demonstrates His love towards us by giving us His Son. Love then—is an action, not a feeling. If we say that we love someone, we should be acting out that love by doing those things which benefit the one whom we claim to love, and not for the benefit of ourselves.

A young man who tells a young woman that he loves her and then asks to be intimate with her is not exhibiting true love. For if he truly loved her, he would want the best for the object of his love. That best is to save her for the man (be it him or another) who will be her husband. His desire for sexual intimacy is based on lust, not love. Many young men would disagree with this premise, but this is because they do not understand what genuine love is.

1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

The person who does not understand what true love is cannot practice it, and this is because most people do not truly know who God is. They know about Him; they might believe that He exists; but they do not know Him by experience or personal relationship.

This verse from 1 John 4:8 is a revelation for why the world does not understand what true love is all about. The foundational definition of love is the word “God.” His entire being, His character and very nature, are love. His love for us is manifested by the universe He made for us—which is all the proof that anyone needs that He exists and cares deeply for all human beings The Lord created one planet in a remote section of the universe which can sustain human life. He created a perfect environment so that we might prosper and it is by His power that all these things which make life beautiful—continue to exist.

In the ultimate display of God’s love, He sent His Son into the world to die for our sins. He did this simply because He loves us and earnestly desires that we know Him and

In God’s ultimate act of revealing His love for us, He gave His Son so that every person could live forever with Him and experience His infinite love forever.

We often confuse human love and the love of God, but they are diametrically opposed to each other. Human love seeks its own, while God’s love seeks others. An example of mankind’s misapplication of love is best observed in our current society where a lifelong commitment through the marriage of a man and woman—is scorned and perverted. Today, men with men and women with women has become a right of liberty never intended by our founding fathers—nor granted by the laws of God. Those who stand in opposition to such practices are scorned as narrow minded and intolerant.

Marriage was intended by God as a picture of His love for us. Under marriage, a man and woman become one and seek the best for each other. The man loves and nurtures his wife and she in turn respects and honors her husband. As a man pours love and grace into his wife—she pours forth that same love to the family. These principles are typified in God as our head, who loves and pours His grace into our lives. In turn, we respect and honor Him.

Today, many people become intimate with each other without the complete commitment of marriage. God’s design for sex remains in sanctity of marriage where a man and a woman who are fully committed to each other for life, may experience the spiritual mystery of becoming one through an intimate union. We fail to understand that sex is spiritual. When it is outside of the plan of God, it takes from the souls of those who participate in it. When sex is within the commitment of marriage and a husband and wife honor God, their physical union has His blessing; and this intimate joining together as one adds to the souls of those who enjoy it together.

When two people genuinely love each other, they will want to please God, who created marriage for them. In honoring the Lord first, a couple can fully enjoy the deep physical and spiritual connection which is only possible by marriage. When two people choose not to follow God’s plan for their life and fail to honor Him by the commitment of marriage, they miss the wonderful experience of true love and genuine intimacy which is unobtainable by any other means.

God does not prohibit sex; He promotes it

In all things of life which are most enjoyable and satisfying, there is a particular procedure for insuring that we enjoy these things to their fullest. A person who wants to succeed financially in his life will take the necessary steps to achieve an education or work experience which will give him the opportunity for success.

A person who genuinely wants to experience the depth of sexual satisfaction that God has designed for him should not take a short cut to that experience. By taking the time to fully get to know a potential life mate, developing a relationship and waiting to be intimate together, we can enjoy an experience which is beyond comprehension. When our desire is to bless God and honor Him by following His plan for love and marriage, He takes notice of our desire to please Him and brings greater blessings and deeper fulfillment to our lives than is possible apart from Him.

Love is demonstrated first by God—who gave His only Son, so that none of us would perish but have everlasting life. We demonstrate love for each other by considering the interests and benefits of those who are the objects of our love, above our own desires of interests.

We may not always understand why God allows us to suffer or lose people or things that are precious to us, but we should always understand that God loves us. Whenever we arrive at a place where we cannot comprehend why we are suffering, we should always look back to the cross where the Lord has forever demonstrated His love. If the Lord did not truly love us, then He would never have allowed His Son to die for our sins. Since God has, once and for all, proven His love by His Son—whatever else happens in our life, must have as their ultimate goal, our benefit. In the end, we should trust the Lord because He has already demonstrated that He loves us by allowing His Son to die for our sins.

We may not always understand the suffering that is in this world which is caused by satan and evil men, but we do know that God loves us and that in the end, He will make all things perfect and good. We know this because He has forever demonstrated what true love is, by giving us Jesus.

The words of these 365 prophecies demonstrate the great love that God has for all people. In the careful planning of the Lord, He has brought a Savior into the world. By this fact, we know the love of God.[3] He has demonstrated His love in a vivid and understandable reality that is unmistakable.

This was the purpose of Psalm 22:22: I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You. As we read, understand, and meditate on what Jesus has done for us, we will lift up our hearts and voices and give praise to God for loving us so very much.


NOTES:
[1] Oxford Illustrated American Dictionary (1998) + Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (2000)
[2] New Oxford American Dictionary
[3] Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

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