From a great program I don’t use often enough anymore. PC Study Bible
“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head.”
— Ps 22:7
Mockery was a great ingredient in our Lord’s woe. Judas mocked Him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed Him to scorn; Herod set Him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at Him, and brutally insulted Him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed His royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at Him. Ridicule is always hard to bear, but when we are in intense pain it is so heartless, so cruel, that it cuts us to the quick. Imagine the Saviour crucified, racked with anguish far beyond all mortal guess, and then picture that motley multitude, all wagging their heads or thrusting out the lip in bitterest contempt of one poor suffering victim! Surely there must have been something more in the crucified One than they could see, or else such a great and mingled crowd would not unanimously have honoured Him with such contempt. Was it not evil confessing, in the very moment of its greatest apparent triumph, that after all it could do no more than mock at that victorious goodness which was then reigning on the cross? O Jesus, “despised and rejected of men,” how couldst Thou die for men who treated Thee so ill? Herein is love amazing, love divine, yea, love beyond degree. We, too, have despised Thee in the days of our unregeneracy, and even since our new birth we have set the world on high in our hearts, and yet Thou bleedest to heal our wounds, and diest to give us life. O that we could set Thee on a glorious high throne in all men’s hearts! We would ring out Thy praises over land and sea till men should as universally adore as once they did unanimously reject.
Thy creatures wrong Thee, O Thou sovereign Good!
Thou art not loved, because not understood:
This grieves me most, that vain pursuits beguile
Ungrateful men, regardless of Thy smile.
(from Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening, PC Study Bible formatted electronic database Copyright © 1999, 2003, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
22 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?Why are you so far from saving me,so far from the words of my groaning? 2 O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,by night, and am not silent.
3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One;you are the praise of Israel. 4 In you our fathers put their trust;they trusted and you delivered them. 5 They cried to you and were saved;in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
6 But I am a worm and not a man,scorned by men and despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me;they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 8 “He trusts in the Lord;let the Lord rescue him.Let him deliver him,since he delights in him.”
9 Yet you brought me out of the womb;you made me trust in youeven at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast upon you;from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Do not be far from me,for trouble is nearand there is no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me;strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions tearing their preyopen their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water,and all my bones are out of joint.My heart has turned to wax;it has melted away within me. 15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd,and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth;you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs have surrounded me;a band of evil men has encircled me,they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17 I can count all my bones;people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my garments among themand cast lots for my clothing.
19 But you, O Lord, be not far off;O my Strength, come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver my life from the sword,my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;save me from the horns of the wild oxen.
22 I will declare your name to my brothers;in the congregation I will praise you. 23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or disdainedthe suffering of the afflicted one;he has not hidden his face from himbut has listened to his cry for help.
25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied;they who seek the Lord will praise him — may your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earthwill remember and turn to the Lord,and all the families of the nationswill bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the Lordand he rules over the nations.
29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;all who go down to the dust will kneel before him — those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 Posterity will serve him;future generations will be told about the Lord. 31 They will proclaim his righteousnessto a people yet unborn — for he has done it.
While driving home this morning from running a few errands I caught a sermon on the “Real Lord’s Prayer”, in John 17 so I thought I’d check it out again.
17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:
“Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word. 7 Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name — the name you gave me — so that they may be one as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. 19 For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
God bless America and you.