dogs [keleb] have compassed [cabab] me:
the assembly [`edah] of the wicked [ra`a`] have inclosed [naqaph] me:
they pierced [karah]['ariy] my hands [yad] and my feet.
16 For dogs
have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my
hands and my feet. NASB
Never in the history of the Jewish people, has crucifixion been used as a form of execution. That was a Roman method.
And yet the Messiah, who came out of Israel, was rejected by Israel, and executed in Roman style.
Nailing the hands and feet was the common method of crucifixion. At times the hands and feet were merely bound, but the more common formal form of execution was by nailing to the cross. The cross was used not as a symbol of a religion, but because it was an easy form to build and erect, one pole in the ground and one horizontal beam for the arms. It was an effective but cruel method of execution.
And who was it that rejected Christ? He was surrounded by the wicked, the dogs of humanity.
Dogs, is a reference to the wild and stray dogs that were typically untamed, cruel, unclean, and savage. They were the filth of the animals that co-mingled in with society. And they are an appropriate description of humanity in its rejection and attitude toward Jesus Christ.
Surrounded, means on all sides, or better stated, from all quarters. There was no support for Christ in that all of humanity was sinful and thus in need of a cure for its sin. Christ was that solution, and in order to complete his mission, Jesus had to be rejected, strangely enough, by the very ones He was intending to save.
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