Not a Bone was Broken

Today’s reading is Psalm 34.

Did you see Jesus at the end of this psalm?

He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psalm 34:20

In John 19:36, we learn Jesus died relatively quickly on the cross. This kept the soldiers from breaking His legs. John says that was to fulfill the Scripture that says, “Not one of his bones will be broken” (ESV).

Certainly, this is part of Jesus fulfilling the Passover sacrifice (see Exodus 12:46; Numbers 9:12). Yet, Jesus is fulfilling our psalm as well.

Now, I know that sounds odd based on where we started the week. We explained that this psalm is David’s meditation on a moment when he stumbled and fell, but God delivered him anyway. Jesus didn’t stumble and fall. Why would we ever say this psalm is about Him? Good question.

The answer is very simply this. Even though David stumbled and fell, he learned how he was actually supposed to act. He used the experience to turn around and teach the coming generations how they were supposed to live. What did Jesus do? He lived that way. Where David failed, Jesus succeeded.

Jesus lived in fear of God and in wisdom. Jesus lived without deceit and without evil. Jesus sought peace and pursued it. Jesus took refuge in the Father. He committed His spirit into the hands of God. He faced many afflictions, but the Lord delivered Him from them all. And very specifically, despite all His afflictions, not a bone was broken. And because He succeeded, even though He died under Rome’s condemnation, His life was redeemed from the grave because of God’s approval and power. He was condemned by Pilate to die on the cross; He was justified (declared innocent) by God through the resurrection.

From David who failed and from Jesus who succeeded, we learn the same lesson. Trust the Lord. Take refuge in Him. Do what He says. It will be worth it in the end.

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 35.


Click here to take about 15 minutes to listen to the Text Talk conversation between Andrew Roberts and Edwin Crozier sparked by this post.

A Word for Our Kids

Hey kids, let’s go back to the beginning of Psalm 34.

As we’ve talked through so many aspects of it, we can now understand why David starts as he does.

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall be continually in my mouth.

Psalm 34:1

David has tested the Lord. He has tasted and seen that the Lord is good. He has feared the Lord and been delivered. He has messed up and still been delivered. He repented and was delivered. He called out and cried for help and was delivered. David knows how it works.

Yes, David has been in many afflictions. Some of them because of his own sins. Some of them because of others’ sins. But the Lord has been faithful to His covenant with David.

Therefore, David says, “It simply doesn’t matter what is going on in my life. I’m going to praise and bless the Lord.” And then he does something outstanding. He turns to everyone else who will listen and says: “Magnify the Lord with me!” He calls us all to praise the Lord and rejoice with him. After all, David is not the only one God treats this way. He does this for all of us who fear Him, trust Him, take refuge in Him, call out to Him.

David is like that shepherd who lost the one sheep, went out looking for it, found it, then came back and asked all the neighbors to rejoice with him (Luke 15:4-7). He is like the woman who lost the coin, swept the house, found it, then called all her neighbors together to rejoice with her (Luke 15:8-10). He is also like the prodigal who was forgiven and welcomed back into the Father’s house despite his failures (Luke 15:11-32). Therefore, when the Father calls together everyone to celebrate and rejoice, he is willing. We are like that too.

May we all gather together and magnify the Lord with David. The Lord is worthy. Praise the Lord!

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