30 Replies to “Week 4: Psalms about a Saviour”

    1. Psalm 2 is a poetic song written by David in the Old Testament at his coronation as King of Israel. However the way the New Testament writers quote from Psalm 2 tells us it looks beyond a human king to the King, Jesus.

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      1. The first three verses express the psalmist’s amazement at the plans of the nations to overthrow the Lord and His ‘Anointed One’ (The word is ‘Messiah’, which in Greek is ‘the Christ’). Every king anointed by a prophet was a ‘messiah’, an anointed one. If he obeyed God his rule had the authenticity of God’s election and the support of God’s power. This often made the plans of other nations futile.

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      2. If Jesus is destined to come out on top in the end, as this Psalm indicates, why do we continue to be scared by the kind of loudmouths described in the opening verses?

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    1. Essential Jesus Day 17, ‘No doubt Jesus memorised these words as He grew up… It may seem like a specialist spiritual discipline, but it can become a reservoir of spiritual strength in times of trial for any believer.’

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    1. Psalm 110 would have been recited to honour the king of Israel at special occasions.
      The first three verses are an affirmation of the king’s power.
      The other four verses affirms the king’s unique spiritual leadership. Melchizedek was both King of Jerusalem and priest.

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      1. Jesus quoted Psalm 110 to challenge the religious leaders who doubted He was the Son of God (Matthew 22:41-45). They thought the Messiah would be a human descendent of David. But Jesus demonstrated, by referring to this Psalm, that the Messiah would also be the divine Son of God. He then applied all of that symbolism to Himself. In other words, Jesus was saying He was the Messiah, the divine and human Saviour of the world.

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    1. From Essential Jesus Day 20, ‘When are you the most enthusiastic about praising God? People who have most recently experienced God’s help are often the most energetic about praising Him. That’s why it’s important to remember what God has done for us. It keeps our faith joyful and alive.’

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    2. From Essential Jesus Day 20, ‘Psalm 118 v26 “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” was one of the phrases shouted by the crowds during Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem a week before His death on the Cross (Matthew 21 vv1-11). The great deliverance God had in mind was His plan to save the world from sin and to offer people relationship with Him. That was accomplished on the Cross.’

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  1. From Essential Jesus Day 20, ‘Jesus quoted Psalm 118 v22 “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone” at the end of His parable about the tenants who killed the vineyard owner’s son (Matthew 21 vv35-46). His point? That He, Jesus, was the stone the religious leaders had rejected, but whom God would make into the cornerstone (foundation) of His Church.’

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  2. What struck us when we studied these at the Explore Bible Study was how much Jesus quoted Old Testament, especially when in challenging circumstances. How much more do we need to use the Bible authoritatively with the Spirit’s help.

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