The Bulls Of Bashan

It is written:

“Many bulls have surrounded Me; Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.” (Psalm 22:12)

Psalm 22 is a Messianic prophecy, written by David nearly a thousand years before Christ Jesus was born. Indeed, the ancient Hebrews long before the time of Christ recognized the Messianic undertones of this passage.

Yet, who are the “bulls of Bashan” that the Messiah would be encircled by?

One researcher has pointed out:

“But the psalmist wasn’t shown a vision of angry bulls from the Golan Heights surrounding Christ on the cross. He was given a glimpse into the future at spirits from Bashan, demonic entities represented by bulls, who surrounded the cross to celebrate what they thought was their victory over the Messiah. Confirming this interpretation of Psalm 22: 12, Old Testament scholar Dr. Robert D. Miller II recently used archaeological and climatological evidence to prove that “the phrase Bulls of Bashan refers not to the bovine but to the divine, [and] moreover that Iron Age Bashan would have been a terrible land for grazing and the last place to be famous for beef or dairy cattle.”” (Derek P. Gilbert, Last Clash Of The Titans: The Second Coming Of Hercules, Leviathan, & The Prophesied War Between Jesus Christ & The Gods Of Antiquity, 1788-1792 (Kindle Edition))

Satan and the rest of the “rulers of this age” gloried at the crucifixion of Christ. They did not understand that His death would bring about their downfall (cf. Colossians 2:15).

Even when God’s people are surrounded by the bulls of Bashan, we are more then conquerors through Him Who loved us.

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