December 13, 2021 – Psalm 38:12,13 & Matthew 27:12-14
In David we constantly see foreshadowings of his descendant, the eternal king spoken of in the Davidic covenant. David, before his enemies, found himself testifying, “Those who want to kill me set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they scheme and lie. I am like the deaf, who cannot hear, like the mute, who cannot speak” (Psalm 38:12,13). The prophet Isaiah also saw Messiah before his accusers without making defense: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7).
The enemies of Jesus were dumfounded that he argued no defense before his accusers: “When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge—to the great amazement of the governor” (Matthew 27:12-14). Jesus made no reply, he sought no deliverance from the cross, because he must die in order to fulfill his Father’s will and to save a people. The plans of God would not and could not be thwarted. “David, in the complaints he makes of his enemies, seems to refer to Christ. . . . David’s troubles were the chastisement and the consequence of his transgressions, whilst Christ suffered for our sins and ours only” (Matthew Henry).
I Lay My Sins On Jesus,
The Spotless Lamb Of God;
He Bears Them All, And Frees Us
From The Accursed Load:
I Bring My Guilt To Jesus,
To Wash My Crimson Stains
White In His Blood Most Precious,
‘Til Not A Spot Remains. –Horatious Bonar (1843)