365 Prophecies: Prophecy 74
Amazing detail of the Messiah’s rejection: The people will shoot out their lip and shake their heads at their disgust with Him.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 22:7 “All those who see Me ridicule Me; They shoot out the lip, they shake the head…”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 27:39 “And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads…”
Matthew 27:41-44 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him. He trusted in God; let Him deliver Him now if He will have Him; for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ” Even the robbers who were crucified with Him reviled Him with the same thing.
The term “shoot out the lip” was an Old Testament phrase which carried with it the idea of ridicule and scorn. When someone is thoroughly disgusted with another person, he will often push out his lips in disgust or as a pointing motion towards the object of his disgust. This is very common in many cultures around the world.
David was writing this detail from Psalm 22:7 under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. His purpose was to inform the reader of the great detail concerning God’s advanced knowledge of events which would surround the Messiah’s sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Have you ever been mocked or publicly ridiculed in front of other people? The hurt and emptiness of your soul, leaves you in utter desolation. The feelings of rejection and helplessness are indescribable. From the deepest parts of your innermost being comes a wave of emotions that thrust you up against a wall of fear and torment—when you are accused of things that you did not do—when those whom you believed were your closest friends abandon you and leave you all alone in a cold dark place of your soul and no one comes to comfort you.
In the final hours of Jesus’ life, He was all alone; even God had forsaken Him while He was on the cross. The humiliation that Jesus felt, the sorrow, fear and anguish that racked His body and mind. All of these horrible experiences were eternally unknown to God. The Creator of all things had observed the sorrow of men and the suffering that they endured through countless generations on the earth because of sin, but He had never Himself been physically tortured or had gone through the horrors of death. Imagine the feelings that the Lord experienced as these horrible events were thrust upon Him. Everything that Jesus suffered through and endured, He did for us. He stood up against the full wrath of evil men when they so brutalized Him, that He was barely recognizable as a human being.
Isaiah 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men…
David vividly describes the horrors of ridicule and rejection that the Messiah would experience. All these graphic descriptions are perfectly fulfilled in the treatment that Jesus endured when He was tortured and died for us.