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  1. I don't think the Psalmists thought they were writing messianic prophecies in the sense that we interpret them today. Having read the book of Psalms from beginning to end in the last few months (Some of it was very hard to read) I get the idea that what was uppermost in their mind was that God was going to kick their enemies in the butt and that the Hebrew nation would be vindicated and come out on top. The significance of the messianic psalms was that Jesus applied these psalms to himself.

    And in this context it is worth remembering a couple of quotes from C S Lewis's "https://amzn.to/49AbAJN" (I know I have used these quotes recently but they are relevant to the the current discussion):

    Then comes the real shock. Among these Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He was God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among Pantheists, like the Indians, anyone might say that he was a part of God, or one with God: there would be nothing very odd about it. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God, in their language, meant the Being outside the world Who had made it and was infinitely different from anything else. And when you have grasped that, you will see that what this man said was, quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered by human lips. Mere Christianity

    I am leaving some of the argument out but Lewis's conclusion in incisive:

    I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: "I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God." That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. Mere Christianity

    In reference to the Psalms, we accept the messianic message of the Psalms through the lens of Jesus' interpretation and the only way that makes sense is if he was exactly who he claimed to be.

    • Most important really is understanding the conceptualization of God from ancient Abraham days in Persia and through and within the Canaanite world not leaving alone Egypt. History indicates there were gods before the Supreme LORD GOD YAHWEH is His name. That said the title God was and is very commonly used throughout the Bible. Jesus is God

  2. Science tells us that the Earth is rotating on its axis a bit faster. We may not feel that, but technology certainly makes time seem much faster. The speed of communication, the speed of information-getting, the speed of transactions...all of these things even our grandparents couldn't have imagined. My musician friend was showing me his new app yesterday where he can compose and access musical scores from people around the world on public domain instantly and in abundance...more creative options than he has life left to explore. When we skim information rapidly it gives even more of a feeling that the days of our life are slipping away. God told Daniel that one of the signs of the very end of time would be a frantic pace as "many will run to and fro and knowledge will increase" (Dan.12:4). We can run to and fro without leaving our couches!

    Our texts today signal to us that time is indeed fast and running out. Jesus's resurrection is when He became the Son of God in power (Rom.1:4). God the Father made a declaration that the human throne in Jerusalem and the divine throne in heavenly Zion were now one ... Jesus ascended to heaven and took His seat on the throne as both the Son of God and the Son of Man/David (Heb.1:3-5). God the Father made a renewed declaration of Sonship (Ps.2:7).

    Now that the resurrected King Jesus is on the throne, the rulers of the nations had better stop arguing and raging (Ps. 2:1-3) and start answering the Holy Spirit's call and repenting (Ps. 2:10-12). Satan's rebellion has already failed before all the universes. The war is already over. The white flag has been waved, and though the losing side is still attacking....God tells everyone that "the times of ignorance" are over (Acts 17:30-31).

    We are in a time of judgment already. All the lives of we who call ourselves "Christian" are being reviewed in heaven's courts, first the dead and then the living. Is it our turn already? History is racing toward final judgment when the nations will soon see that they are a footstool for the feet of the Son (Ps.110:1). Those who thought they could crush Jesus underfoot like a helpless worm on the Cross will be bowled over when His true strength and authority are fully revealed (Mark 14:62; Ps.110:5,6).

    Whenever we glorify and trust in our own strength we are just as foolish as unbelievers. It's only the light of Jesus's countenance lovingly looking at us that is our strength (Ps.89:15,17). Oh dear Lord, help us to stay focused upon Your face! Everyone needs to kiss the Son and hide in Him while there is time to make this choice (Ps.2:12). Those of us who have made the choice to live under the rule of King Jesus want to save plenty of time each day to contemplate His divinity and power. We want to be among those who "serve the Lord with reverential fear and rejoice with trembling" (Ps.2:11).

  3. Every time Christ's portrait is shown, a different attempt to describe Him should be made. Some repeated pictures of Him, in the human form, may give us a different idea of how He was. Noticeably, He was an ordinary man, One Who blended in with the multitude. The difference from the surrounding human figures was the glow. A glow that only the time spent with the Father could give Him. Through prayer, He could (imaginaryly) be restored to His original nature. Let's do the same! Would you like to look special today? So, spend some time with the Father and fool your programmed genetic decay; look for the Father, and people will notice your glow, too. This glow is all about someone full of Love.

  4. Psalm 2:12 - “Blessed are those who put their trust in Him”!
    Psalm 110:3 - “.. In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth!

    I have struggled to understand which of the words of God pointing to David as the blessed one and which point to Jesus the Messiah. It is still not totally clear to me who God addresses or points to, but I found that it does not really matter as both of them are called out/blessed to reveal God’s unrivaled power.

    I place my focus on that both trusted God to be involved in all aspects of their lives ‘from the womb of the morning’. David’s blessing was that he was able to know and acknowledge that the power for his victories is God's power in Whom he trusts.

    Jesus’ blessing was His utter abandonment of self, His willingness to immerse Himself in God’s calling for Him to do His Will – Matt.12:18. Both are called to trust God whom they represent to their people to have fully equipped them to introduce/demonstrate His power to them.

    The lesson writer states: “His rod is a symbol of divine judgement, which ends the rule of evil ..”. I see this 'bringing about the end of evil' is what David and Jesus came to accomplish through God’s unrivaled power - and both succeeded! We are called to do likewise!


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