Gospel According to Psalms"
in the Flesh
Immersion of Christ
A Man of
A Man of
Betrayal of Jesus
Jesus is LORD
of the World
Throne of David
Ascension of Jesus
at the Crucifixion
Crucifixion of Christ
of the New Covenant
More Studies to Come
"This will be written for the generation
to come," penned an unknown psalmist, "that a people
yet to be created may praise the Lord" (Psalm 102:18). The hand of the
Lord was surely upon him; no one really envisioned Gods
taking out from the Gentiles a people for His name. "For He
looked down from His holy height; from heaven the Lord gazed upon
the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free
those who were doomed to death
" As Jehovah God said
during the days of His flesh, "The Spirit of the Lord is
upon Me because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery
of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to
proclaim the favorable year of the Lord" (Luke 4:18,19). As we shall
see, Jesus is the Lord referred to in Psalm 102, the God
of the psalmist. "For the Lord," he says, "has
built up Zion; He has appeared in His glory" (Psalm 102:16).
- Psalmists prayer - "O my
God," he appeals, "do not take me away in the
midst of my days" (Psalm 102:24). This
comes following his awareness of his own aging body;
"He has weakened my strength in the way; He has
shortened my days" (Psalm 102:23). By
contrast, of God he says, "Your years are throughout
- Praise to the Creator - "Of
old," he praises, "You founded the earth; and
the heavens are the work of Your hands" (Psalm 102:25). The
writer of Hebrews, wishing to quote only a small section
of Psalm 102, interpolates. "You, Lord," he
states, "in the beginning laid the foundation of the
earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands"
(Hebrews 1:10). The
interpolation comes as the psalmist, quoting the Greek
Old Testament, uses the word "Lord" the
God to whom the writer is praying to refer to
Jesus. Referring to the Son in Hebrews 1:8, his thought
continues to the words of verse 10, designating Jesus as
the Lord who created the heavens and the earth.
"Even they will perish," notes the psalmist,
"but You will endure. All of them will wear out like
a garment; like clothing You will change them, and they
will be changed." Of Jesus Christ, the writer of
Hebrews quotes, "But You are the same, and Your
years will not come to an end" (Psalm 102:26,27; Hebrews 1:12).
"Jesus Christ," is the One, according to the
Holy Spirit, who is "the same yesterday and today,
yes and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).
- The everlasting God - "Your
throne, O God," wrote the sons of Korah, "is
forever and ever; a scepter of righteousness is the
scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness,
and hated wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has
anointed You with the oil of joy above Your fellows"
(Psalm 45:6,7). The One
whose throne is forever and ever, reasoned the author of
Hebrews, is the Son! "Be lifted up, O ancient
doors," cries David, "that the King of glory
may come in!" And, he asks and answers, "Who is
this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of
glory!" (Psalm 24:7,10). This a
prophetic reference to Jesus entering into the
spiritual temple in glory. This is the Lord, of whom it
is written, "The earth is the Lords, and all
it contains, the world and those who dwell in it. For He
has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the
rivers" (Psalm 24:12).
"Before the mountains were born," says the
psalmist Moses, "or You gave birth to the earth and
the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are
God" (Psalm 90:2).
The apostle John summarizes the Psalms in
referring to Jesus the Creator: "In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in
the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and
apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into
being" (John 1:1-3). The apostle
Thomas, speaking of Jesus, said it well, "My Lord and my
God" (John 20:28).
in the Flesh
"What is man," asked David, the sweet
psalmist of Israel, "that you take thought of him
" (Psalm 8:4). Good question. Man
as a physical being is pretty puny, infinitely dwarfed by the
Creation. "When I consider Your heavens," David had
written, "the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which You have ordained, what is man?" (Psalm 8:3). With a ready pen,
he continued, "And [what is] the son of man, that You care
for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You
crown him with glory and majesty" (Psalm 8:4,5). This interesting
passage is quoted by the writer of Hebrews from the Old Testament
Greek text (called the LXX from the seventy or so translators who
worked on it), and the application contains some depth that is
- Christs superiority to angels
The Law of Moses, said Paul, was
"ordained through angels" (Galatians 3:19).
Hebrews author, to establish the superiority of the
covenant which came through Christ, makes it clear that
Jesus is elevated above the angels. "But to which of
the angels has He ever said," was the rhetorical
question, " Sit at My right hand, until I make
Your enemies a footstool for Your feet? " (Hebrews 1:13). Picking
up the thought a little further in his discourse, the
writer notes, "For He did not subject to angels the
world to come, concerning which we are speaking" (Hebrews 2:5). The
subjection referred to was the world to come under the
feet of Christ!
- Psalm 8 quotation The writer
buttresses his point with an inspired look at Psalm 8:
"What is man, that You remember him? Or the Son of
Man, that You are concerned about Him? You have made Him
for a little while lower than the angels; You have
crowned Him with glory and honor, and have appointed Him
over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in
subjection under His feet" (Hebrews 2:6-8). The
attentive reader will note that we took the liberty to
capitalize "Son of Man" and the attendant
pronouns doing so because to reduce the attention
of Psalm 8 to mere man is to rob it of its significance
in being quoted by the writer. The world to come is not
going be subjected even to angels; the subjection is in
reference to the Son of Mans dominion as the One
superior to angels.
- The time lag "For in
subjecting all things to Him, He left nothing that is not
subject to Him. But now we do not yet see all things
subjected to Him" (Hebrews 2:8). The Son
of Man is waiting until all His enemies be placed under
- What we see All things are
not yet under the dominion of Christ; we wait to see
that. "But we do see Him who has been made for a
little while lower than the angels, namely Jesus, because
of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor
" (Hebrews 2:9). Jesus is
the Son of Man who tasted death for everyone in order to
be the fulfillment of Psalm 8 crowned with glory
- Lower than angels To be made
lower than angels, Jesus took on flesh; He became human,
even experiencing death in the flesh. This is why Jesus,
born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, is
called the Son of Man. "Let Your hand be upon the
Man of Your right hand," sings Asaph the seer,
"upon the Son of Man whom You made strong for
Yourself" (Psalm 80:17).
Of Jesus taking on a body, it is written,
"He had to be made like His brethren in all things" (Hebrews 2:17). Thus, in the
quoted psalm, there are vestiges of His days of sojourn in
earthen clay: "I will tell of Your name to My brethren"
(Psalm 22:22). Jesus became
flesh and dwelt among us as the Son of Man, pre-written in the
gospel according to Psalms.
The Immersion of Christ
"How great are Your works, O Lord!"
exclaimed an anonymous psalmist. "Your thoughts are very
deep" (Psalm 92:5). The Lord has
written His word to reveal His thoughts, but a Christian has to
reason very cautiously and honestly. The All Wise uses
prophecies, recorded visions, parables, and foreshadows or types
to communicate His message often using plain statements of
fact in the New Testament writings to open the doorways of
understanding. "Blessed be the God of Israel," praised
and prophesied Zacharias, "for He has visited us and
accomplished redemption for His people, and has raised up a horn
of salvation for us in the house of David His servant
as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old" (Luke 1:68-70). "For the
Lord has chosen Zion," He said. "There I will cause the
horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for My
Anointed" (Psalm 132:13,17). The Psalms
predict the coming of the Anointed One, descendant of David
according to the flesh.
"The kings of the earth," prophesied
David himself, "take their stand and the rulers take counsel
together against the Lord and against His Anointed" (Psalm 2:2). "For truly in
this city," noted the early saints in their prayer to God,
"there were gathered together against Your holy servant
Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate
" (Acts 4:27). Jesus, manifested
to Israel at His immersion, was thus anointed with the Holy
Spirit. "You know of Jesus of Nazareth," bespoke Peter
to the first Gentiles to don Christ, "how God anointed Him
with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went about doing good
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with
Him" (Acts 10:38). Psalms looks to
the visible anointing of Christ, as well as His eventual
accession to the throne in heaven.
- The covenant with David "I
have made a covenant with My chosen," stated the
Lord through Ethan the Ezrahite; "I have sworn to
David My servant, I will establish Your seed forever and
build up your throne to all generations" (Psalm 89:3,4).
Prophetically, the psalmist looks past David to
Davids seed, saying, "I have exalted one from
the people. I have found David My servant; with My holy
oil I have anointed him" (Psalm 89:19,20). David
was anointed by Samuel; Jesus, the "son of Abraham,
the son of David," was anointed by God while He was
in the waters of the Jordan.
- "You are My Son"
The Anointed One, the horn of salvation, was to come.
"My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with
Him," stated the Almighty, "and in My name His
horn will be exalted." "He will cry to Me,
You are My Father, My God, and the rock of My
salvation! I will also make Him My first born, the
highest of the kings of the earth" (Psalm 89:24,26,27).
Sure enough, while Jesus was praying, calling upon His
Father during His immersion, "heaven was opened, and
the Holy Spirit descended upon Him bodily like a dove,
and a voice came out of heaven, You are My beloved
son, in You I am well-pleased. " (Luke 3:21,22).
- Importance of the visible anointing
The anointing of Jesus by the Holy Spirit
"the oil of gladness" was an
extremely important visible event. All of the original
apostles were present in the crowd that day, although
mostly unknown to each other at the time, as Peter
delineates in his describing the qualifications of the
one who was to take Judas place: "It is
necessary," said he, "that of the men who have
accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in
and out among us beginning with the immersion of
" (Acts 1:21,22).
The anointing of Jesus and the declaration that
He was Gods Son took place at His immersion, and the
prophecies in the gospel according to Psalms were fulfilled.
Man of Praise
Jesus, in the midst of His sorrow for the lot
of man, was always in praise when He looked to God. "For the
Father loves the Son," He had stated, "and shows Him
all things that He Himself is doing; and greater works than these
will He show Him, that you may marvel" (John 5:20). The Son was able
to press on in praise to the Father, knowing that His own
resurrection from the dead was the greatest work of all, to be
experienced and to be exhibited. In constant communication with
the Father and with His knowledge of the Psalms, Jesus
undoubtedly prayed the words of Psalm 145 at one time or another
during the years of His earthly sojourn.
- General praise to God "I
will extol You, My God, O King," were words which
easily would have come from the mouth of Jesus. "And
I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will
bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, and His
greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:1-3).
- Looking at how many would come to
praise God through Jesus The psalmist, in
prophecy, continued. "One generation shall praise
Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty
acts. On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on
Your wonderful works I will meditate." Listen to the
following words, and note that they fit something Jesus
would say better than anyone else: "Men shall speak
of the power of Your awesome acts, and I will tell of
Your greatness. They shall eagerly utter the memory of
Your abundant goodness and will shout joyfully of Your
righteousness" (Psalm 145:4-7).
- Praising God for His mercies
"The Lord is gracious and merciful," Jesus
would have extolled the Father, "slow to anger and
great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and His
mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give
thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless
You" (Psalm 145:8-10).
- The coming kingdom Jesus
knew what Gods kingdom was, of its coming with
great power on the Day of Pentecost, 30 AD, and that
eventually the Gentiles would be able to stream into the
church, seeking to learn of the God of Israel. "They
shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom," were the
prophetic words of the psalmist for the mouth of Jesus,
"and talk of Your power; to make known to the sons
of men Your mighty acts and the glory of the majesty of
Your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and
Your dominion endures throughout all generations" (Psalm 145:11-13).
- The bounties of God Jesus
Himself, in taking on the form of a bond-servant, placed
Himself in a position of dependence upon the heavenly
Father for daily sustenance, and was the means by which
the fallen could be rescued. "The Lord sustains all
who fall," were words of understanding, "and
raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to
You, and You give them their food in due time. You open
Your hand to satisfy the desire of every living
thing" (Psalm 145:14-16).
- The welcome of the Gentiles
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in
all His deeds," continue the accolades. "The
Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who
call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of
those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and save
them. The Lord loves all who love Him, but all the
wicked He will destroy." Jesus own words were
that "God so loved the world," not that He so
loved the Jewish nation. "My mouth will speak the
praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless His
holy name forever and ever" (Psalm 145:17-21).
Jesus walked in praise of His Father, lauding
Gods desire to save all men. Psalm 145 comports well with
the record of Jesus in the gospel accounts, and could easily have
been prophetic of words He actually said during the years of His
sojourn, during the time when the Word became flesh.
Man of Trust
The Lord Jesus walked this lonesome valley as
an example for us. We would not have known to call the Great God
"Father" except that Jesus set the stage for us to do
so. We would not have known to pray before we break bread but for
His example. The saints now know how to die in dignity, and be
confident of their own resurrections because the Christ plowed
through those barriers first. Hear the words of one of the old
hymns: "He the great example is, and pattern for me."
"For it was fitting for Him, for whom are
all things, and through whom are all things," were the words
written to the Hebrew Christians, "in bringing many sons to
glory, to perfect the Author of their salvation through
sufferings" (Hebrews 2:10). Jesus was
victorious in His battles with suffering and rejection because He
prayed His way through the difficulties. It is easy to see this
suffering, trusting Jesus in the 23rd Psalm.
- Jesus Shepherd The
Savior often commented on the fact that He did nothing
without having the Fathers approval. "For I
did not speak on My own initiative," He stated,
"but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me
commandment, what to say, and what to speak" (John
12:49). He could truly say, then, "The Lord is My
Shepherd" (Psalm 23:1).
- What the Shepherd supplied
"I shall not want," was one of the lines.
Jesus needs were always met, even when some women
had to supply the necessaries for the Lord and His train
from their own purses. "He makes Me lie down in
green pastures; He leads Me beside quiet waters,"
was a reflection from the quiet pool of Jesus own
soul, while about Him swirled the winds of controversy
and conspiracy. Through it all, the Christ could comment,
"He restores My soul; He guides Me in the paths of
righteousness for His names sake" (Psalm 23:1-3).
- Through the shadow of death
All who died before Christ Abraham, Moses, David
were swallowed up in Hades. Although they were in
the better of the two compartments, they were captive,
ensnared by its bonds. Jesus knew, in His case, that the
plan was for Him to die, and for the Father to raise Him
from the dead, so that in triumph He could shout that He
had the keys of death and Hades. "Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death," were the
prescient words of the psalmist, "I fear no evil,
for You are with Me."
- Divine direction and protection
"Your rod," would be one of the substances of
Jesus prayers, "and Your staff, they comfort
Me" (Psalm 23:4). The rod
and the shepherds crook direct the sheep down the
correct paths, as well as protect them from marauding
predators; a great comfort to Jesus as He worked through
a spiritual realm encrusted with demonic slime.
- The table of the Lord
Fellowship with the Father was the continuing ultimate
promise, even though the Christ was going to have to bear
the separation caused by the sins of mankind. "You
prepare a table before Me in the presence of My
enemies," was His hope, looking to what we now call
the Lords Supper.
- No stopping the coronation
The forces of evil could not stop the long-term plan of
God; "You have anointed My head with oil; My cup
overflows," were expressive of His thoughts of joy
at taking His seat on the throne as King and Savior (Psalm 23:5).
- Alls well that ends well
The victory, through faith in God, was going to be there
for Jesus. "Surely goodness and lovingkindness will
follow Me all the days of My life," were words of
confidence, "and I will dwell in the house of the
Lord forever" (Psalm 23:6).
Jesus, having been raised from the dead through
the blood of the eternal covenant, trusting in the God of peace,
thus now becomes "the great Shepherd of the sheep" (Hebrews 13:20).
Man of Parables
The Old Testament must be viewed through the
eyes of the New Testament authors. "All these things Jesus
spoke to the multitudes in parables," were the inspired
words of Matthew, as he prepared to open a doorway of
understanding into a comment in Psalms, "and He did not
speak to them without a parable, so that what was spoken through
the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, I will open My
mouth in parables; I will utter things hidden since the
foundation of the world. " (Matthew 13:34,35). The words
were taken from Asaph the seer: "I will open my mouth in a
parable; I will utter dark sayings of old" (Psalm 78:2).
- Asaph and contemporaries While
David penned many of the psalms, he was not by any means
the sole author; Solomon is listed as one of the
contributors, as well as Moses. In anticipation of the
completion of the temple in Jerusalem and the consequent
elimination of the tabernacle of Moses, David began to
appoint various Levitical families to tasks in the
temple, since they would no longer have a function in
terms of tearing down or carrying the tabernacle.
"Moreover," recorded Ezra the scribe,
"David and the commanders of the army set apart for
service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of
Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps, and
cymbals" (I Chronicles 25:1).
Thus Matthew calls Asaph a prophet, and psalms written by
these men also have the force of prophecy. Asaph himself
was a descendant of the Levite, Korah, so some of the
psalms are written by "the sons of Korah."
- "I will open My mouth"
The Jews knew, for example, that when "the mouth of
Jeremiah" spoke, that was a message from "the
mouth of the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:12). So
Asaph is speaking of a great Prophet, delivering the
message of God to a people who needed to be stirred to
- "In parables" Some
of the Old Testament prophets would occasionally use a
parable in their expressions, but this Prophet
different from all the rest would deliver the
message of God in parables. Stories of common, every day
things, events, and people would be constructed to
communicate the spiritual message this Prophet would need
- "Things hidden"
Many prophets and righteous men and kings, Jesus would
say to His disciples, desired to see what they saw and to
hear what they heard. What Jesus was bringing to the
world was a spiritual kingdom, "things which the eye
has not seen and the ear has not heard, and which have
not entered into the heart of men" (I Corinthians 2:9).
Referring to the "great salvation" which comes
in connection with the kingdom, the writer of Hebrews
observed that "it was at the first spoken through
the Lord" (Hebrews 2:3). Speaking
in parables, then, the Lord Jesus, during the years of
His earthly sojourn, began to bring to light the things
concealed in the Old Testament.
- "From the foundation of the
world" In one of His parables Jesus
described the scene at the judgment bar wherein He was
speaking to the "sheep", His faithful ones:
"Come, you who are blessed of My Father," He
said, "inherit the kingdom prepared for you before
the foundation of the world" (Matthew 25:34).
Clearly the spiritual kingdom was in Gods mind
before He started the process of creation. But it was
hidden from those in earlier times, so that the Lord
Himself would be the One to begin bringing those things
to light in the form of the parables.
The "gospel according to Psalms" only
gives a couple of lines to the speaking of parables by Jesus. But
what powerful lines they are, establishing the credibility of the
Great Teacher, giving Him due honor in the privilege of bringing
the hidden message of God to light.
Betrayal of Jesus
How awesome indeed is our God! To produce faith
and allegiance in us, He became one of us. To generate respect
and admiration, He was willing to die like we. But to show His
empathy and compassion, He entered the realm of human passion and
relations, allowing Himself to be betrayed and destroyed by
someone close to Him. He was, verily, "tempted in all things
as we" (Hebrews 4:15). Fitting it was,
then, that His betrayal should be marked out in prophetic
utterance in "the gospel according to Psalms."
- The close friend Judas
Iscariot, one of the twelve, was the treasurer of the
entourage. The group of the twelve apostles, Jesus, and
others who were hanging around had to eat on a regular
basis; consequently there were women such as "Joanna
the wife of Chuza, Herods steward, and Susanna, and
many others who were contributing to their support out of
their private means" (Luke 8:3). Judas,
privileged man that he was, was in charge of the
"money box," but his greed got control of him.
When 300 days wages worth of perfume was dumped on
Jesus body by Mary, sister of Lazarus, Judas became
upset at the thought of all that money slipping by
without his being able to get his "share"
surreptitiously from the money box. The Lord put Judas in
his place; Judas responded like a man of the flesh,
became angry with Jesus, and went out and cut a deal with
the chief priests to betray the Savior. It had been
written in the Psalms of this "close friend in whom
I trusted, who ate My bread, [who] has lifted up his heel
against Me" (Psalm 41:9).
- One of sweet fellowship
Before Jesus selected the twelve apostles, He spent the
night in prayer. Each of those selected was someone whom
Jesus felt He could trust, and with whom He could have
the spiritual companionship so necessary to Him who would
face great tests on behalf of mankind. The anguish of
Jesus over Judas betrayal is forenoted in the
Psalms: "For it is not an enemy who reproaches Me,
then I could bear it; nor is it one who hates Me who has
exalted himself against Me, then I could hide Myself from
him. But it is you, a man My equal, My companion and
familiar friend; we who had sweet fellowship together
walked in the house of God in the throng" (Psalm 55:12).
- The ultimate consequences While
Jesus and the twelve were participating in the Passover
meal, Jesus stated that the one who dipped the morsel
with Him would betray Him. "The Son of Man is to
go," He said, "just as it is written of Him;
but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed!
It would have been good for that man if he had not been
born" (Matthew 26:24).
Squeezing a general reference in Psalm 69:25 to the
Jews rejection of the Lord, the apostle Peter
specifically applied it to Judas: "Let his homestead
be made desolate, and let no one dwell in it" (Acts 1:20). "Let
another take his office," David had prophesied (Psalm 109:8). Judas,
son of perdition, was to end up in the ultimate empty
homestead, and someone else would have the honor of
sitting on one of the twelve thrones, judging the twelve
tribes of Israel.
The words of the psalmist certainly point to
Jesus anguish in dealing with the kiss of Judas: "Help
Me, O Lord My God; save Me according to Your lovingkindness. And
let them know that this is Your hand; You, Lord, have done it.
Let them curse, but You bless; when they arise, they shall be
ashamed, but Your Servant shall be glad. Let My accusers be
clothed with dishonor, and let them cover themselves with their
own shame as with a robe" (Psalm 109:26-29). Woe indeed
to Judas, but praise to the highest for the Lamb that was
betrayed to be slain!
The Crucifixion of Christ
"For zeal for Your house," it was
written of the coming Christ, "has consumed Me" (Psalm 69:9). The Lord Jesus
was not interested in playing games. Aware that the only purpose
of mankinds existence was to show the righteousness of God,
the Master was fired up about the things of God. In connection
with His first Passover following His immersion, He ran the oxen,
sheep, doves, and men out of the temple, in holy zeal driving
them with a whip of cords. In connection with His last Passover,
He cleansed the temple again, saying, "Is it not written,
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the
nations? But you have made it a robbers den" (Mark 11:17). His zeal was
pleasing to the Father, but therefore offensive to man. "And
the chief priests and the scribes heard this, and began seeking
how to destroy Him; for they were afraid of Him, for all the
multitude was astonished at His teaching" (Mark 11:18).
Thus the progression toward Calvary
intensified, the love of God painted in graphic colors on the
canvass of the folly of man. Forces larger than what Pontius
Pilate could handle were in motion, and the Lamb of God was like
a sheep for slaughter, mute and still in the condemning kangaroo
court. All the rebellion of Gods children, the sons of men,
was poured out on the Son of God: "The reproaches of those
who reproach You have fallen on Me" (Psalm 69:9).
- Trouble in ex-paradise - The
anguish of Jesus as He approached His expiration on the
cross is foretold in the Psalms. "Be not far from
Me," He prayed to the Father, "for trouble is
near; for there is none to help" (Psalm 22:11).
Describing the crew who conspired to put Him to death, He
cried out, "Many bulls have surrounded Me; strong
bulls of Bashan have encircled Me. They open wide their
mouth at Me, as a ravening and roaring lion" (Psalm 22:12,13).
"For dogs have surrounded Me," He said, "a
band of evildoers has encompassed Me" (Psalm 22:16).
- His bodys ebbing strength -
Dragged before illegitimate courts, smashed in the face,
plaited with a crown of thorns, and scourged for good
measure, the Son of Man was already in a weakened
condition before the nails began to penetrate His body.
"I am poured out like water," were the words of
His travail, "and all My bones are out of joint; My
heart is like wax; it is melted within Me. My strength is
dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue cleaves to My
jaws." The inevitable was before Him: "And you
lay Me in the dust of death" (Psalm 22:14,15).
- Death by crucifixion - Three
centuries before Rome was founded, it was prophesied that
the Messiah would die a Roman death. The Jewish way was
death by stoning, as Stephen was to die, but that the
curse of sin might be lifted from mankind, the Son of God
was to be hanged on a tree. "They pierced My hands
and My feet," said He, prophetically (Psalm 22:16).
- The soldiers lots - Someone
had to have the hands that physically drove the spikes
into Jesus wrists and ankles. The soldiers who
crucified the prisoners and raised the crosses into the
sky were therefore privileged to divide the regular
clothing among themselves, and ended up casting lots for
the seamless tunic, Jesus outer garment. "They
look, they stare at Me," were the words of God in
the flesh, "they divide My garments among them, and
for My clothing, they cast lots" (Psalm 22:17,18).
- No bones broken - To fulfill other
prophecy, it was necessary that no bones of Jesus be
broken. "I can count all My bones," He said,
and thus Christ our Passover was sacrificed.
Nearing the time of His final breath, the
Savior of the world cried out, "My God, My God, why have You
forsaken Me?" (Psalm 22:1). In being
separated from the Father, the humble Servant of God was paying
the penalty of eternal separation which the rest of us deserve.
In poverty and weakness He paid the price; God help us to respond
to such love and compassion with power, love, and discipline.
Events at the Crucifixion
When the weakness of God was displayed before
the sons of man, representatives of the race responded by
demonstrating utter contempt for the crucified Son of Man. The
overflow of their hearts was evidenced in the words of their
mouths as they passed by our Immanuel, cursing Him in the broad
daylight of nine till noon. "Because of Your sake,"
were His words to the Father, "I have borne reproach;
dishonor has covered My face. I have become estranged from My
brothers and an alien to My mothers sons" (Psalm 69:7,8). Christ the
great example uttered in return no threats; instead He took time
to forgive the soldiers for their act of crucifying Him, and to
grant Paradise to the one thief who knew the Jesus Himself would
come into His kingdom. He gave and forgave to the end.
- His cup - "They also gave Me
gall for My food," was the Lords utterance
through David (Psalm 69:21). The
bitter substance was also a painkiller, the morphine of
the day. When it came time for Jesus to be crucified,
"they gave Him wine to drink mingled with gall; and
after tasting it, He was unwilling to drink" (Matthew 27:34). Our
Lord was going to drink the full cup of the pain of the
cross for us, that we might know that His was not an easy
ride, that He indeed can sympathize with our weaknesses
and suffering and still show us the way to victory.
- His humility - Christ really did,
in the words of the apostle Paul, empty Himself. The
Origin of the universe and the Master of men was to hang
naked before the minions who mustered at the Passover,
innocent but dying a brutal death no different from the
convicted thieves who flanked Him. "But I am a worm
and not a man," were His feelings, "a reproach
of men and despised by the people" (Psalm 22:6). "He
humbled Himself," states the scripture, "by
becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a
cross" (Philippians 2:8).
- His focus - Satans shadowy
form hovered amidst the crowds and their rulers, moving
them to mock Him, saying, "If You are the Son of
God, come down from the cross" (Matthew 27:40). His
anguish at their unbelief during His most trying moments
was noted in the gospel according to Psalms: "All
who see Me sneer at Me; they separate with the lip, they
wag the head, saying, Commit Yourself to the Lord;
let Him deliver Him; let Him rescue Him, because He
delights in Him. " (Psalm 22:7,8). But,
praise be to God, Jesus was able to maintain His focus on
the purpose of His sacrifice, and not let the
short-sightedness of the crowd or the mocking of His
adversaries cause Him to swerve from His course.
- His fulfillment - Jesus
responsibility was to make sure that all Old Testament
prophecies about His time on earth were fulfilled. But
there was one prophecy left that was under His control
that yet needed to be made to happen. The apostle John
records: "After this, Jesus, knowing that all things
had already been accomplished, in order that the
scripture might be fulfilled, said, I am
thirsty. A jar full of sour wine [vinegar] was
standing there; so they put a sponge full of sour wine
upon a branch of hyssop, and brought it up to His
mouth" (John 19:28,29). The
scripture to be fulfilled was this: "And for My
thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink" (Psalm 69:21).
- His finish - In the midst of the
darkness of Golgotha, at three oclock in the
afternoon, Jesus uttered His last words, expressing His
prayer to the Father, "Into Your hand I commit My
spirit" (Psalm 31:5).
The Savior was able to move through the tense
moments of the cross with all its endemic temptations and to set
the stage for victory because of His faith in the Father.
"You will pull Me out of the net which they have secretly
laid for Me, for You are My strength." And, "You have
ransomed Me, O Lord, God of truth" (Psalm 31:5,6).
Healing the sick, giving sight to the blind, or
even raising the dead did not contain the greatest of miracles to
be performed. Those sick still became ill again; those blind
eventually lost their sight; and those resurrected died once
more. But these miracles done by the Father through Jesus were
great, and tangible; and they set the stage for what was to come.
"For the Father loves the Son," said our Lord,
"and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and
greater works than these will He show Him, that you may
marvel" (John 5:20). Jesus
victory over the grip of the grave was what was to be
demonstrated and proclaimed to the world. "I was dead,"
stated He in the Apocalypse, "and behold, I am alive
forevermore, and I have the keys of death and Hades" (Revelation 1:18). Believable?
Yes, because of the gospel according to Psalms.
- The subject of Psalm 16 - "For
You will not abandon my soul to Sheol," is the way
the New American Standard Version translates the verse,
"nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo
decay" (Psalm 16:10). What is
interesting here is that the translators do not
capitalize the word "my" before
"soul" either in Psalm 16 or when it is quoted
in Acts chapter two, indicating that Davids soul
is the one under discussion. But a careful
examination will show that Jesus soul is
actually that which the prophet had in mind.
- Peters reasoning - Chosen to
have the keys of the kingdom, the apostle Peter is quoted
in the second chapter of Acts referring to Psalm 16.
"Brethren," said he to his fellow Jews on
Pentecost, 30 AD, "I may confidently say to you
regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was
buried, and his tomb is with us to this day" (Acts 2:29). Since
Peter had quoted Psalm 16 to prove Jesus
resurrection from the dead, he had to answer the
legitimate question, "Wasnt David talking
about himself?" The answer is that David could not
have been talking about himself, since David was still in
the tomb and Davids soul had been left in Hades
[Sheol]. This is the way the apostle phrased the
continuing proposition: "And so, because he was a
prophet, and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath
to seat one of his descendants upon his throne, he looked
ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that
He was neither abandoned to Hades nor did His
flesh suffer decay" (Acts 2:30,31).
Davids tomb was full of bones; the tomb of Jesus of
Nazareth was empty. Jesus soul was the one not
abandoned to Sheol, and Psalm 16:10 should read,
"For You will not abandon My soul to Sheol, nor will
You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay."
- The permanent resurrection from the
dead - The section of the Psalm quoted by Peter,
then, is about Jesus the Christ, the Son of God. "I
have set the Lord continually before Me," says the
Christ, prophetically, "because He is at My right
hand I will not be shaken. Therefore My heart is glad and
My glory rejoices; My flesh will also dwell securely. For
You will not abandon My soul to Sheol; nor will You allow
Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to Me
the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; in
Your right hand there are pleasures forever"
(Psalm 16:8-11). All
other resurrections were temporary; this resurrection was
There are three things God uses to prove Jesus
being raised from the dead: 1) Eyewitness accounts; 2) Attesting
miracles; and 3) Old Testament prophecies. The clearest
prophecy of the Lords resurrection is Psalm 16, quoted
by both Peter and Paul to establish that point to Jewish
audiences! The Holy One of God is risen indeed.
Ascension of Jesus
For some reason, many of the brethren have it
locked in their heads that the gospel is the death, burial, and
bodily resurrection of Jesus, and that the ascension of the Lord
is a true and nice afterthought. But it is the ascension of the
Christ which makes Him who He is, the Christ in glory rather than
Christ in the flesh. As the apostle Paul noted, "even though
we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him
thus no longer" (II Corinthians 5:16).
The clearest prophecy of the resurrection of
Jesus is Psalm 16:8-11, quoted by both
Peter and Paul. But what is especially interesting about both
their quotes is that when they speak of the resurrection of
Jesus, they use the term resurrection or raised up to
refer, not only to Jesus bodily resurrection, but His being
seated on the heavenly throne!
- Peters quotation - When the
apostle Peter quoted David in regard to the resurrection,
he used resurrection in regard to Jesus taking His seat
on Davids throne. Pay attention to these words:
Because David as a prophet "knew that God had sworn
to him with an oath to seat one of his descendants upon
his throne, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection
of the Christ" (Acts 2:30,31).
"This Jesus God raised up again," he would
note. "Therefore having been exalted to the right
hand of God" was how he interpreted the raising of
up of Jesus.
- Pauls quotation - When the
apostle Paul delivered his message to the synagogue at
Antioch of Pisidia, he also had to prove that Jesus was
risen from the dead. "God has fulfilled this promise
to our children," he averred, "in that He
raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second
Psalm, You are My Son; today I have begotten
You. " (Acts 13:33; Psalm 2:7). "That
He raised Him up from the dead," the apostle further
noted, "no more to return to decay, He has spoken in
this way: I will give You the holy and sure
blessings of David. " (Acts 13:34). This
quotation from Isaiah 55:3 is a clear
reference to Jesus taking the throne of David, who
was promised that his throne would last forever. Then the
apostle stated, "Therefore He also says in another
Psalm, You will not allow Your Holy One to undergo
decay. " (Acts 13:35). Paul used
the term raised up to refer not only to Jesus
bodily resurrection, but His ascension to His exalted
position on high.
- Jesus declared Lord or Jehovah [Yahweh]
- Isaiah saw the Lord in glory as recorded in Isaiah 6:1-11. Lofty
and exalted, He was in this prophetic vision seated on
His throne, attended by seraphim. Interpreting this
passage, the apostle John recorded, "These things [Isaiah 6:1-11 and 53:1] Isaiah said
because He saw [Jesus] glory, and he spoke of
Him" (John 12:41). By virtue
of His accession to the heavenly throne of glory, Jesus
is declared both Lord and Messiah.
- The ascension in Psalms - The
gospel according to Psalms does not let us down.
"God has ascended with a shout," declare the
sons of Korah, prophetically, "the Lord, with the
sound of a trumpet" (Psalm 47:5). And the
apostle Paul quotes from David in reference to
Jesus taking the throne to receive and distribute
favors: "You have ascended on high, You have led
captive Your captives" (Psalm 68:18).
"Sing praises to God," are the words
of praise to Jesus, the ascended God, "sing praises; sing
praises to our King, sing praises. For God is King of all the
earth; sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the
nations, God sits on His holy throne. The princes of the people
have assembled themselves as the people of the God of
Abraham" (Psalm 47:6-9). Jesus is indeed
the God of our salvation, and rightly called God our Savior.
Throne of David
The word of the Lord has sounded throughout the
millennia. From Adam and Seth on down to Abraham, the history of
the Almighty God and His dealings with man were passed from
generation to generation. The rumblings were there in the
prophecies of Enoch and the promises to Isaac. "The scepter
shall not depart from Judah," was the foretelling of Jacob,
"nor the rulers staff from between his feet, until
Shiloh comes, and to Him shall be the obedience of the
peoples" (Genesis 49:10). Even Balaam
was not able to curse the nation brought out of Egypt, saying of
Israel, "The Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a
King is among them" (Numbers 23:21). "Behold,
we have heard it in Ephrathah," sang the twelve tribes as
they wound their way up the temple mount, "we have found it
in the field of Jaar" (Psalm 132:6). And what did
they hear? "The Lord has sworn to David, a truth from which
He will not turn back: Of the fruit of your body I will sit
upon your throne. " (Psalm 132:1).
- Davids lord - "What do
you think about the Christ," Jesus queried the
Pharisees, "whose son is He?" Their answer was
on target: "The son of David." Jesus next
question was eye-opening for anyone who would consider
the implications of the answer. "Then how," He
probed, "does David in the Spirit call Him
Lord?" In Israel, there was no sense in
which a mans descendant would be that mans
lord. The question, for those who claimed to uphold the
inspiration of the Old Testament scriptures, was a fair
one, pointing to Psalm 110: "The Lord," stated
David, "says to my Lord: Sit at My right hand
until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your
feet. " (Psalm 110:1). The only
way that Davids descendant was going to be
Davids Lord was for Davids descendant to be
God in the flesh. And not only this; the throne on which
He was to sit would not be in Jerusalem, but at the
"right hand" of the Majesty on high.
- The King installed - "The
nations," the prophet noted, were "in an
uproar." The kings of the earth took their stand and
the rulers counseled together to frustrate the plan of
God and of His Christ. But, the scripture records,
prophetically, "He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them" (Psalm 2:1,4). In spite
of their efforts, the result was announced aforetime by
the Determiner of destiny: "But as for Me, I have
installed My King upon Zion, My holy mountain" (Psalm 2:6). And Mark
inscribed in his gospel account: "So when the Lord
Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven,
and sat down at the right hand of God" (Mark 16:19). Jesus is
King far beyond the reach of the politics and mad
scrambling of man, "far above all rule and authority
and power and dominion" (Ephesians 1:21).
- The eternal throne - Of the Son it
is written, "Your throne, O God, is forever and
ever" (Psalm 45:6).
"God," said the psalmist, "Your God, has
anointed you with the oil of joy above Your
companions" (Psalm 45:7). Jesus,
risen from the dead, taken up in glory, was anointed with
the Holy Spirit in heaven to assume His position on the
throne. "The Lord is in His holy temple," was
another of Davids prophecies, "the Lords
throne is in heaven" (Psalm 11:4). "For
the Lord has chosen Zion," was another reference.
"There I will cause the horn of David to spring
forth; I have prepared a lamp for My anointed. His
enemies I will clothe with shame; but upon Himself His
crown shall shine" (Psalm 132:17,18).
No, "it was not David who ascended,"
explained the Holy Spirit by the mouth of the apostle Peter. It
was Jesus who ascended to sit at the right hand of power.
"Therefore," concluded the apostle, "let all the
house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord
and Christ this Jesus who you crucified" (Acts 2:36). "He who
overcomes," said the Christ Himself, "I will grant to
him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat
down with My Father on His throne" (Revelation 3:21).
of the World
"The Lord lives," sang David,
"and blessed be my Rock, and exalted be the God of my
salvation" (Psalm 18:46). In working with
Israel, the Father allowed the people to think of salvation in
terms of deliverance from a physical enemy. "He delivers me
from my enemies," affirmed the first king to sit on the
throne in Jerusalem (Psalm 18:48). But Dave, a man
after Gods own heart, knew that sin was a bigger barrier
than a city wall, and that Satan was a far worse enemy than the
Philistines. "Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, God of
my salvation," was his appeal, "then my tongue will
joyfully sing of Your righteousness" (Psalm 51:14).
- The crushing weight of sin - After
Davids affair with Bathsheba and the subsequent
murder of her husband Uriah the Hittite (one of
Davids own mighty men!), the kings conscience
bothered him greatly. "For I know my
transgression," were his anguished words to God,
"and my sin is ever before me" (Psalm 51:3). "For
I confess my anxiety," stated he in another place,
"I am full of anxiety because of my sin" (Psalm 38:18). The
honest man, like David, recognizes the full weight of his
sin, and recognizes likewise that forgiveness is going to
have to be provided by the God of salvation. "Make
haste to help me," he called, "O Lord, my
salvation" (Psalm 38:22).
- Ineffectiveness of animal sacrifices -
Blood sacrifices and grain offerings really could not
appease the wrath of God; rather, in the words of
Hebrews writer, "in those sacrifices there is
a reminder of sins year by year" (Hebrews 10:3). Christ,
prophetically speaking through David, asseverated,
"Sacrifice and meal offering you have not
Burnt offering and sin offering You have not
required. Then I [the Christ] said, Behold, I come;
in the scroll of the book it is written of Me; I delight
to do Your will, O My God" (Psalm 40:6-8). Jesus,
symbolically having the awl driven through His ear to
show that He was a bond-slave, "emptied Himself,
taking the form of a bond-servant" (Philippians 2:7). As
the writer of Hebrews redescribed Jesus delight in
doing the Fathers will, "a body You have
prepared for Me" (Hebrews 10:5). In this
body the Lord Jesus would do what none of the Old
Testament offerings could do - pay the price for
- Salvation from His position of power -
While Jesus on the cross was the sacrifice, it is Jesus
in glory who has the power to save. "Who has
believed our message?" queried Isaiah prophetically.
"And to whom has the arm of the Lord been
revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1). The
apostle John quoted the passage from Isaiah as referring
to a vision of Jesus in glory (John 12:38,41).
"Now the Lord saw," said Isaiah again,
that there was no one to intercede; then His
own arm brought salvation to Him" (Isaiah 59:15,16).
"You have a strong arm," averred Ethan the
Ezrahite, "Your right hand is exalted" (Psalm 89:13). "O
sing to the Lord a new song," shouted the seer to
the church, "for He has done wonderful things; His
right hand and His holy arm have gained victory for Him.
The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed
His righteousness in the sight of the nations" (Psalm 98:12). Peter
and the apostles emphasized this point in their early
preaching of the gospel: Jesus is "the One whom God
exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior"
- Salvation to the Gentiles -
"God be gracious to us and bless us," prayed
and praised the psalmist, "and cause His face to
shine upon us - that Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations" (Psalm 67:1,2).
"Save us, O Lord our God," were the words of
another prophetic psalm, "and gather us from among
the nations" (Psalm 106:47).
Jesus is indeed the Savior of the world.
"How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose
sin is covered! How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not
impute iniquity" (Psalm 32:1,2). This blessing
is for the uncircumcised as well as the circumcised, and Jesus is
the sacrifice and Savior of all!
In the Old Testament writings, the name of God
was listed as the tetragrammeton YHWH, commonly rendered in
English as "Yahweh" or "Jehovah." Many of the
versions, such as the New American Standard Bible or the New King
James Version, will write the name of Yahweh as "Lord"
in small capitals in contrast to "Lord," from the
Hebrew "Adonai," meaning "master." The Greek
New Testament makes no distinction in the names for God,
rendering both "Yahweh" and "Adonai" as the
Greek "Kurios," translated into English as
"Lord." So, while many professing Christians are
comfortable with the idea that "Jesus is Lord," not so
many are comfortable with the idea that "Jesus is
Yahweh." Yet that is the thrust of the New Testament
writings, and the thrust of the gospel according to Psalms.
- "Jesus is Yahweh" from Isaiah
- Two specific references to Jesus from visions of
Isaiah are quoted in John chapter twelve. In Isaiah six,
the prophet saw a vision of the King seated on His
throne. "Woe is me," was the seers
outcry, "for my eyes have seen the King, Yahweh of
hosts" (Isaiah 6:5). In
another outburst the prophet asked a couple of haunting
questions: "Who has believed our message? And to
whom has the arm of Yahweh been revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1). Of these
two visions the apostle John and the Holy Spirit
descried, "These things Isaiah said, because he saw
[Jesus] glory, and he spoke of Him" (John 12:41). The point
is clear; Jesus as King of glory is Yahweh of hosts!
- The King of glory - "Lift up
your heads, O gates," was Davids prophetic
view of the spiritual temple, "and be lifted up, O
ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!"
(Psalm 24:7). All
heaven waited in anxious anticipation for the ascension
of Jesus. Of Him Zechariah prophesied, "He will
build the temple of the Lord. Yes, it is He who will
build the temple of the Lord, and He will bear the honor
and sit and rule on His throne. Thus He will be a priest
on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between
the two offices" (Zechariah 6:12,13).
When Jesus became High Priest of the order of Melchizedek
by the power of an indestructible life, He also was
crowned Messiah as He took His seat on the heavenly
throne. In the true or spiritual temple which He built,
the Lord Jesus is both High Priest and King, and the
counsel of peace is between the two offices because they
are now merged in one Personage. The gates of this temple
were to be "lifted up," that the King of glory
might come in. "Who is this King of glory?"
asked David. "The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord
mighty in battle," is part of the answer. "The
Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory," comes the
completion (Psalm 24:8,10).
- The strong right arm - "To
whom has the Arm of the Lord been revealed?" was
Isaiahs question in regard to Jesus ascension
to glory. "Sing to the Lord a new song," is the
psalmists look at the church, "for He has done
wonderful things; His Right Hand and His holy Arm have
gained the victory for Him" (Psalm 98:1). The One
mighty in battle, the strong Right Arm, is clearly Yahweh
of hosts, Jesus Christ, Lord of all. "The Lord has
made known His salvation; He has revealed His
righteousness in the sight of the nations" (Psalm 98:2). It is a
great question: "To whom has the Arm of the Lord
been revealed?" "You have a strong Arm,"
was the prophetic utterance of Ethan the Ezrahite,
"Your Hand is mighty; Your Right Hand is
exalted" (Psalm 89:13).
Jesus is Lord! That is the confessed truth upon
which the church is built and which must be believed upon in
order for the individual to be saved. "O Lord God of hosts,
restore us; cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be
saved?" (Psalm 80:19).
Mediator of the New Covenant
A will or testament, commented the writer of
Hebrews, is of no force until the death of the testator. But a
will is equally forceless unless there is someone to execute the
terms of the will. Thus of Jesus it is written, "He is also
the mediator of a better covenant" (Hebrews 8:6). In His death on
the cross, He functioned as the Testator; in His ascension to
glory, from the position of power, He serves as the Executor of
the covenant. "My covenant I will not violate," says He
who lives forever and ever, "nor will I alter the utterance
of My lips. Once I have sworn by My holiness; I will not lie to
David. His descendants shall endure forever, and His throne as
the sun before Me" (Psalm 89:34-36).
- Making the covenant with Abraham - Antedating
the Law of Moses by hundreds of years, God entered into
agreement with Abraham, that Abrahams descendants
were to be numberless: "a father of many
nations" was the promise to the patriarch. Renewed
with Isaac and passed on to Israel, the covenant was with
Abraham and Abrahams seed - Christ! (Galatians 3:16).
"He has remembered His covenant forever," were
the notations of the psalmist, "the word which He
commanded to the thousand generations, the covenant which
He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac" (Psalm 105:8,9).
- The Law of Moses - Having laid the
foundation for the everlasting covenant through Abraham,
God instituted the Law through Moses, an inferior
covenant. This Law was added to the covenant with Abraham
as a temporary codicil, said the apostle Paul, until the
"seed" should come to whom the covenant with
Abraham had really been made. This Law was an inferior
covenant, a stop-gap measure instituted in the nation
Israel to set the stage for Christianity to come. But,
"they did not keep the covenant of God, and refused
to walk in His law" (Psalm 78:10).
- Covenant with David - For the first
400 years of its history, "there was no king in
Israel." When God yielded to the peoples
clamoring for a king, He in stages installed David on the
throne. "I have made a covenant with My chosen; I
have sworn to David My servant, I will establish Your
seed forever, and build up Your throne to all
generations" (Psalm 89:34). These
matters were in motion for the eventual enthroning of the
- Ascended covenant-maker - Of Jesus
it was prophesied, "You have ascended on high, You
have led captive Your captives" (Psalm 68:18). The
great King could now institute His covenant, having died
as Testator, but risen to position of power as Mediator.
"And this is My covenant with them," He said,
"when I take away their sins" (Romans 11:27).
"He has sent redemption to His people," was
good news from Psalms, "He has ordained His covenant
forever; holy and awesome is His name" (Psalm 111:9). Really
looking to the new covenant, the psalmist wrote of those
who would be redeemed by the sprinkled blood of the risen
Savior: "Nevertheless He looked upon their distress,
when He heard their cry; and He remembered His covenant
for their sake, and relented according to the greatness
of His lovingkindness. He also made them objects of
compassion in the presence of all their captors" (Psalm 106:44-46).
Indeed, then, scattered Israel is being brought into the
fold, in accordance with this prayer: "Save us, O
Lord our God, and gather us from among the nations, to
give thanks to Your holy name, and glory in Your
praise" (Psalm 106:47).
The covenant of redemption promised to Abraham
has been accomplished for all people through Christ in glory.
"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so," exhorts the
psalmist, "whom He has redeemed from the hand of the
adversary, and gathered from the lands, from the east and from
the west, from the north and from the south" (Psalm 107:2,3). Yes, let the
redeemed say so!