Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Little Snippet, part 1



I’ve been working on a non-fiction project since 2009 and from time to time I like to post a snippet. Everybody has heard about the Psalms, right? Who doesn’t know the 23rd Psalm? The Lord is my shepherd . . . Well, here’s a small piece from one of my chapters that gives, I hope, some information that you may not know.

The Psalms were written by various authors spanning a time period of almost 1000 years. Among the authors were Moses, King David and King Solomon, and also various priests or Levites. The book of Psalms is a compilation of prayers, poems, and hymns that focus on praising and adoring God. Some were used in worship services of ancient Israel. According to Talmudic tradition, psalms were sung by the Levites immediately after the daily pouring of the wine offering. The word psalm comes from the Greek word psalmoi meaning "pious songs". The Hebrew title for this book is Tehilim which means “hymns of praise”.

The New Testament story of salvation, the story of Jesus Christ, can be found in the prophetical words of the Psalms.

Jesus is the Son of God: Psalm 2:7, 22:10
Jesus is the Shepherd: Psalm 23
Jesus spoke in parables: Psalm 78:2
Jesus calmed the storm: Psalm 89:9
Jesus was rejected: Psalm 69:8, 20
Jesus was conspired against: Psalm 31:13
Jesus was betrayed by Judas: Psalm 41:9, 55: 12 – 14
Jesus was crucified: Psalm 22:1,2,7,8, Psalm 89:50-51, 69:21, Psalm 22:14-18, 129:3, Psalm 34:20
Jesus conquered death: Psalm 16:10, Psalm 68: 18, Psalm 118: 20, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 80:17
Jesus is the King of Righteousness: Psalm 110:4
Jesus will judge the nations: Psalm 89: 3 – 5
His reign is eternal: Psalm 89: 35 – 37
He will rule the Earth: Psalm 72: 8, 11
He will judge the Earth: Psalm 98:9, 50:4

It’s pretty clear that we can look to the Psalms for prophecies of Christ. Jesus, Himself, knew those Scriptures well. He is quoted specifically in Luke 24:44: He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

The New Testament as a whole has 224 separate passages from 103 different psalms. Some passages appear more than once making a total of 280 psalm quotations in the New Testament.

Maybe this is more than you want to know, but I can’t learn enough. Next post I want to reveal the amazing codes found in some Psalms.

(More amazing and cool Bible stuff in CROSSING THE SCRIPTURES, available on AMAZON in paperback and Kindle.)