David is weak (Ps 22:14-22:15)

“I am poured out like water.

All my bones are out of joint.

My heart is like wax.

It is melted within my breast.

My mouth is dried up like a potsherd.

My tongue sticks to my jaws.

You lay me in the dust of death.”

This is a very colorful descriptive explanation of David’s or the psalmist’s situation. He was poured out like water, exhausted. His bones were out of joint in pain. His heart was like wax that melted away in his breast with no energy. His mouth was dried up as his tongue was stuck to his jaws. A potsherd is broken pieces of pottery. He was almost on his death bed of dust. It is apparent why the works of Matthew and Mark used this vivid graphic psalm to describe a dying Jesus on the cross.

Satan afflicts Job with skin sores (Job 2:7-2:8)

“Satan went out from the presence of Yahweh. He afflicted loathsome sores on Job from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. Job took a potsherd with which to scrape himself. He sat among the ashes.”

Satan left Yahweh and went to work as he gave Job sores from his feet to the top of his head. It did not appear to be leprosy, but some kind of a skin ailment or disease that has his skin crack with scabs. However, Job was in constant pain as he sat in the ashes. He then used a piece of broken pottery, a potsherd, to scrape the dead skin from his sores. Now this affliction was not about things around him, or his children, but his own life with all these scratchy painful sores all over his body.