103: Psalms 40:14


365 Prophecies: Prophecy 103

When the Messiah is arrested, those who come to take Him will be “driven backwards.”

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 40:14 “Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil.

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 18:3-6 Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am He.” And Judas, who betrayed Him, also stood with them. Now when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.


This is truly one of the most amazing prophecies of the Old Testament which Jesus fulfilled. As the soldiers come to arrest Him in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks them, Whom are you seeking? When Jesus speaks the words, “I am He,” the soldiers fall backwards onto the ground (John 18:6).

In the original text of this verse, the word “He” does not appear. The translators added this word because they felt that it clarified the verse for the reader. In reality, when Jesus answers the guards, He said “I AM.” This is the eternal name for God, in Exodus 3:14, which He told Moses that He should be called by.[1] Jesus was telling those who came to arrest Him that He is the eternal God. Jesus confirmed this fact when He spoke to the Pharisees in John, chapter 8.

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.

David, in writing Psalms 40:14 about the Messiah, prophesies that: Those Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward. These are the exact words of John’s testimony which occurred when Jesus said, “I am He.”

As the soldiers come to arrest Jesus, He makes it clear that it was He who was allowing His arrest to take place. No one but the Father had authority over Jesus at any time. It was He who was in control over the arrest, the six trials during the night, and the crucifixion the following day. Jesus allowed Himself to be crucified, and He raised Himself from the dead on the third day.

John 10:18 No one takes it (My life) from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.

When Pilate claimed to have power over Jesus to either set Him free or crucify Him, Jesus told the Roman governor that he had no power over Jesus. Whatever he was able to do to Him, was because the Father had allowed it to happen.

John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above…”

This is again another indication of Jesus’ submission to the will of the Father, as He came to lay down His life as our servant. Not that Jesus is less than the Father but that He was willing to set aside His rights, so as to die for the sins of the world. Jesus was working all things in accordance with the Father’s will, but He also was in control of every event that transpired during the three and one-half years of His public ministry.

Philippians 2:7-8 but (Jesus) made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

It is amazing to consider that although Jesus was laying down His life for us as a servant, He was still Lord of the universe and in control over absolutely every event that we read in the four Gospels.

  • The foal of a donkey submits to His authority (Matthew 21:7).
  • The wind and the waves submit to His authority (Mark 4:39).
  • The dead submit to His authority (John 11:43).
  • Death submits to His authority (John 11:25).
  • Sickness and disease, submit to His authority (Luke 18:42).
  • The demons submit to His authority (Luke 4:35).
  • The devil submits to His authority (Matthew 4:10).
  • All History submits to His authority (Matthew 26:56).
  • All the kingdoms of this world will submit to His authority (Matthew 19:28).

Some day, every knee will bow to Jesus; every tongue will confess that He is the Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We have the choice today to willingly submit our lives to Jesus and be saved, or to have His judgment fall on us later and be crushed.

Luke 20:17-18 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone (Jesus) which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’? Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.

[1] Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

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