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January 27, 2016


by Leslie John

Leslie John

I will declare thy name

“Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me” (Hebrews 2:12-13)

The points for meditation in these two verses are:
Declaration of His name unto His brethren
Sing Praises in the midst of the church
Put trust in Him
About the children God gave Him
The quote is taken from Psalm Chapter 22 which is Messianic, and in it can be seen that some points which are not applicable to David, are surely applicable to Messiah.
David was a type of Jesus and his prophetical sayings are shadows of the things to come. While David declared the name of Jehovah among his brethren, Jesus declared the Father’s name among all those who came to Him and called them as His brethren.
Jesus, who was a Jewish descendant, also had highest regard for His own brethren, who were Jews. Referring to His Jewish brethren the Lord said He will treat anyone who helped Jews as His brothers and consider as helping Him.
“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40)

The prophetical sayings of David were literally fulfilled in Jesus, the Messiah. Prophetical sayings of Psalm 22 were literally fulfilled in the life of Jesus when our sin on Him was being judged on the cross. (cf. Psalm 22:1, Matthew 27:46, Psalm 22:8, Matthew 27:43, Psalm 22:18, Matthew 27:35)

This was literally fulfilled which Jesus was on the cross suffering for one and all and our sin was being judged upon the cross. Compare…

“My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?” (Psalms 22:1) with

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

While enemies of David mocked him saying let the LORD, whom he trusted come and deliver him the language used by enemies of Jesus used when He was on the cross, was similar. Compare

“He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him” (Psalms 22:8) with

“He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God” (Matthew 27:43)


“They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture”. (Psalms 22:18) with

“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots” (Matthew 27:35)

The literal fulfillment, in the New Testament, of prophetical sayings of Jesus said thousands of years ago not only in Psalms but in various Old Testament writings show trustworthiness of the scriptures.

Psalmist says He will sing in the midst of the congregation will He praise Him. The Psalm is fully about Jesus who was to come and much of what is not applicable to David in this Psalm was applicable to Messiah; hence this psalm was prophetical and the writer of Hebrews aptly mentions it in application to Jesus the Savior. Jesus manifested the name and the glory of the Father to His disciples, who in due course of time declared as many as believed in the Lord.

Jesus bore our sin and suffered on the cross on behalf of us, and that is why He was not ashamed to call Himself as the brother of those who believed in Him. Jesus proclaimed the name of the Father among those who believed in Him and He glorified the Father’s name. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. (John 17:6)

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:26)

In Psalm 22:22 and 23 as Psalmist said that He will declare the name of Jehovah in the midst of the congregation, Jesus the Son of God declared in the midst of the Church the Father’s name. He said whoever has seen Him has seen the Father. He and the Father are one, He said.

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Psalms 22:22)

“Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel” (Psalms 22:23)

Not that Jesus disregarded His mother when He asked question as to who is mother was, and who His brothers were, but His purpose of asking that question was to reveal the truth that He being God Himself, whoever heard the word of God and did it were His mothers and brothers (cf. Matt 28:10, Luke 8:21). After the resurrection of Jesus when Mary tried to touch Him he said to her to go to His brothers and say to them that He would ascend soon to His Father.

“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (John 20:17)


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