Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Jesus in the Psalms, part 2

The New Testament illustrates virtually the whole history of salvation in the light of the Psalms. As I showed last week in part 1, various Psalms show that Jesus was the Son of God, the Shepherd, spoke in parables, calmed the storm, was rejected, was conspired against, and was betrayed.
But wait, there’s more: these Psalms show
that Jesus was crucified, conquered death, is the King of Righteousness, will judge the nations, is eternal, will rule the earth, and will judge the earth. See for yourself:

Jesus was crucified: Psalm 22:1,2,7,8, Psalm 89:50-51, 69:21, Psalm 22:14-18,  129:3, Psalm 34:20:
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
   Why are you so far from saving me,
   so far from my cries of anguish?2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
   by night, but I find no rest.
7 All who see me mock me;
   they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say,
   “let the LORD rescue him.
Let him deliver him,
   since he delights in him.”
50 Remember, Lord, how your servant has been mocked, how I bear in my heart the taunts of all the nations,
51 the taunts with which your enemies, LORD, have mocked,
   with which they have mocked every step of your anointed one.
21 They put gall in my food
   and gave me vinegar for my thirst.
14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax;  it has melted within me.
15 My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet.
17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me.
18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment.3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Jesus conquered death: Psalm 16:10, Psalm 68: 18, Psalm 118: 20, Psalm 110:1, Psalm 80:17:
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
18 When you ascended on high, you took many captives;22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone
1 The LORD says to my lord:  “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”17 Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.
Jesus is the King of Righteousness: Psalm 110:4:
4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Jesus will judge the nations: Psalm 89: 3 – 5:
3 You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant,
4 ‘I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’”
5 The heavens praise your wonders, LORD, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
His reign is eternal: Psalm 89: 35 – 37:
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness— and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun;
37 it will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky.”
He will rule the Earth: Psalm 72: 8, 11:
8 May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.
He will judge the Earth: Psalm 98:9, 50:4:
9 let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity.
4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people
It’s pretty clear that we can look to the Psalms for prophecies of Christ.
(taken in part from Crossing the Scriptures, a really amazing Bible study book)