Christmas (Messianic) Prophecy #13

Posted by on Dec 17, 2008 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

Messiah was to be given vinegar and gall

Psalm 69:21

They also gave me gall for my food
And for my thirst they 
gave me vinegar to drink.

Again, you can go back to the Gospel accounts of the crucifixion of the Messiah and see where the soldiers tried to give Jesus vinegar and gall.

In the Psalm above, that word “food” in Hebrew is “barut” and means a meal given to one who mourns by sympathetic friends. Gall is a poison. In the case of crucifixion, it was given to one to ease the pain, to dull the senses as an anesthetic. The Psalm is telling of the hypocrisy of those giving “food” in this case that was not in the true sense of the word here. If you’ve ever been thirsty, vinegar is not the drink of choice. It’s awful used as a beverage. That’s why we don’t drink it. In Mark’s account, he spoke of Jesus being offered wine mixed with myrrh. The mixture He was offered was meant to help the one going through crucifixion by dulling the senses somewhat.

And so, as the Messiah is suffering, He is given gall and vinegar or myrrh and wine.

Indulge me in a sidetrip back to Bethlehem. Jesus has been born in the manger. The shepherds have come and gone and now the Magi have arrived. They have come bearing gifts. Do you remember? Gold, frankincense, and…myrrh. Yep, myrrh. Some commentaries make notes that these were gifts fit for a king and symbolic in the life and death of Jesus. Gold represents His deity and purity. Frankincense represents the fragrance of His life. Myrrh represents His sacrifice and death, as myrrh was used in embalming. It was also fragrant. Search “myrrh” in your concordance and you’ll find a rabbit trail of interesting addresses in Scripture where “myrrh” is written. All of these gifts were valuable treasures and truly the kind of gifts fit for a king no matter what they symbolized. I just find it most intriguing that this gift presented to Messiah at His birth was also a gift to help ease His pain in His death.

Did you realize what He did with this “food” of wine and myrrh at the cross? He refused them. The mixture that would have helped (I don’t see how) ease the pain, He refused. He would be in complete control of His senses during His final moments of agony. Had He not been, perhaps He would not have continued to minister, pray, forgive.

The Savior Who would be born the same way we are would willingly die in a way that most of us cannot comprehend; brutal, painful, as a criminal being punished for a crime, and in a barbaric Roman manner; yet, He wanted to keep His wits about Him.

His painful death would be the “life” of us.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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