my heart is like wax, it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws;
thou dost lay me in the dust of death.
Now we come to the death throes of Messiah.
He was literally poured out like water.
34 But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. John 19:34
He did feel dried up, as all the Divine wrath that is due to us, was poured onto Him.
28 After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfil the scripture), “I thirst.” 29 A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished”; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:28-30
They gave me poison for food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Psa. 69:21
The life of all sinners is forfeit, the only way out is to ransom the soul with the only sacrifice perfect enough to complete the transaction.
Crucifixion is a slow death by asphyxiation. In the end one must push up with the legs in order to take a breath. This is why the leg were broken, without the ability push up they could not breath, in this way they hastened the victims death.
The entire weight of the victims hung on the arms, stretching the body and dislocating the joints. As Matthew Henry puts it, “His bones were put out of joint that He might put the whole creation into joint again,”.
Upon His death He was laid in the dust, for He was fully human and had a fully human body, and from dust we were made.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Gen. 3:19
However few notice that it is the Serpent that eats dust.
The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all cattle, and above all wild animals; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. Gen. 3:14
Though he seeks to devour us.
Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. 1 Pet. 5:8
Those who claim Messiah as their Lord, need not be devoured. For he has been given more than even he could ever swallow. The life of the perfect sacrifice.