Daily Devotions


Day 168

Psalm 22:12a "Many bulls have surrounded Me"

Day 168 – Psalm 22

“Many bulls have surrounded Me” Psalm 22:12a


Sometimes problems in life are small. At other times problems in life can be very daunting. The latter is indicated in the following text.

“Many bulls have surrounded Me;
Strong bulls of Bashan have encircled Me.
They gape at Me with their mouths,
Like a raging and roaring lion.”
Psalm 22:12-13

1. Bashan

a) Geographically
i) This is a reference to a fertile region.
ii) Because it is fertile bulls reared here would be “strong”.
b) Historically
i) King Og of Bashan was the famous king who opposed Israel (Deuteronomy 3:1).
ii) His fame was linked to that of Sihon, king of the Amorites (Deuteronomy 3:2).
iii) God had to personally deliver Israel from these two powerful kings in the days of Moses.

2. Imagery employed

a) Strong bulls of Bashan.
b) A raging and roaring lion.

3. Significance

To describe the enemies (of Jesus):

a) Powerful
b) Wicked
c) Deadly