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If you really want to learn more about CHRIST JESUS, our REDEEMER, SAVIOUR and LORD, read the MESSIANIC Psalms. There is so much there that is not in the New Testsment.
Shortly before His ascension to Heaven, CHRIST reminded His disciples about some of the things He had taught them. He brought to their attention the truth that all things must needs be fulfilled, which are written in the law of Moses, and the prophets, and the psalms, concerning me. Luke 24:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (KJV)
Acts 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. (KJV)
CONSIDER the following:
#1. There is no greater subject to research in scripture than the Lord JESUS CHRIST (John 5:39; I Cor. 2:2; Gal. 6:14).
#2. If you read this for entertainment or wisdom, you will be disappointed.
#3. The undeniable mystery . . . CHRIST JESUS is Lord . . . the world’s rulers miss (I Tim.3:16; I Cor.2:8).
#4. We should be like the Greeks that came to worship at the feast and told Philip, We would see Jesus (John 12:20-21).
#5. If we ever let JESUS slip by us, no matter how much else we know, we are blind Pharisees (Mat.23).
#6. Any time we come to the LORD’S Table for communion, let us make sure our heart and eyes see the glory of GOD’S Son!
#7. The Psalms are for prayer and meditation, for there is NO better or greater subject anywhere than CHRIST JESUS the LORD.
#8. Most people go to the New Testament to see and learn of CHRIST, but there is more detail in Psalm 22 than in all Gospel accounts.
#9. Psalm 23 is wonderful and great, but what a shame people know so little about the rest of the Book of Psalms.
#10. A MESSIANIC Psalm is any from the collection of 150 in the book of Psalms that speaks of the Lord JESUS CHRIST, and is quoted in the New Testament.
#11. Some are clearly more MESSIANIC than others, depending on quotations and attention of references in the Psalm.
#12. I will bring the following Psalms as MESSIANIC: 2; 8; 16; 22; 40; 41; 45; 68; 69; 89; 91; 102; 109; 110; 118.
#13. There are others that I may get around to, depending how much time I have left on this Earth.
#14. David as king knew royal authority and enemies; and as prophet he knew personally about a coming Son the King.
#15. David was a great king and servant of GOD, but GOD’S Son would be far greater in these and all other respects.
#16. The Psalms show CHRIST’S Coming, Incarnation, death, sufferings, Resurrection, Ascension, gifts, judgment, etc.
#17. The Book of Hebrews’ theme is JESUS CHRIST’S preeminence. Psalms are quoted six times in Chapter 1, and half of all of them.
#18. The New Testament’s quotations from the Old Testament are about 40% out of the book of Psalms, although Psalms is only one of 39 books!
#19. The Psalms are quoted by JESUS Himself more than any other Old Testament Book, even the book of Isaiah!
#20. There are over 100 quotations or references in the New Testament about CHRIST JESUS taken from the book of Psalms.
#21. These Psalms present the Person and work of CHRIST JESUS with enough matter for a biography of His life.
#22. Son of David is used 19 times in the New Testament, and it is this relationship we should remember.
From Genesis to Malachi, we can see the progressive message of the Coming Saviour, the Anointed, the Seed of David, the suffering Servant, the Prince of peace. As the remarks of the LORD reveal, the Book of Psalms also prophesied His Coming and his work.
What are the conditions for classifying a Psalm as Messianic? (1). Jesus said the Psalms spoke of Him (Lk. 24:44). (2). Certain Psalms are called MESSIANIC because inspired New Testament writers quoted them.
The Book of Psalms give us an inspiring study of CHRIST. His nature, His work, His rejection, His betrayal, His suffering, His death and His Resurrection are all prophesied there.
Psalm 2:10-12 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV)
The Messianic Psalms
The Book of Psalms takes its title from the Hebrew word Tehillim which means praises. The major theme of the Psalms is Praise of God in song.
There are a number of Messianic Psalms that refer directly to the life of the Lord JESUS CHRIST. They do not stand alone but are accepted and mentioned as such in the New Testament.
The following Psalms are referred to in various places in the New Testament:
Psalm 2; Psalm 8; Psalm 16.
The Psalm that contains prophecy concerning the resurrection of CHRIST is Psalm 22.
The entire Psalm 22 must be seen as Messianic because of the content that describes many things concerning the death and resurrection of the LORD. Psalm 22 is quoted from and referred to on many occasions in the New Testament.
In Psalm 34 and Psalm 35, JESUS was falsely accused by witnesses who were bribed by the religious leaders (Mk.14:57).
Psalm 40 and Psalm 41, the LORD’S betrayal by Judas (Jn.13:18, 26-27).
Psalm 45 is used in (Eph.4:8) in reference to the LORD’S ascension into Heaven to rule as the head of the church and to bring many into His Kingdom.
Psalm 69, and Psalm 22, is one of the most frequently quoted Psalms in the New Testament.
Psalm 89, the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David … and of His kingdom there shall be no end (Lk.1:32-33, 69).
Psalm 102 refers to CHRIST’S part in the Creation of the Universe and His eternal nature.
Psalm 109, is another that speaks of the replacement for Judas.
The entire Psalm 110 speaks of the Lordship of the MESSIAH, His Priesthood, His judgement on unbelievers, and His reign upon the Earth. It is quoted many times in the New Testament in relation to the Lord JESUS CHRIST.
Psalm 118 was sung during JESUS’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem (Mat.21:9).
Some Psalms are classified as MESSIANIC because their burden is the suffering and victory of the MESSIAH, who in Greek is called CHRIST. These Psalms are quoted in the New Testament when teaching the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST (Ps.16:8-11, Acts 2:25-28).
The following lists the prophecies about CHRIST that are in the book of Psalms, and are quoted in the New Testament.
Messianic Psalms Quoted in the New Testament
Psalms 2:1-2 Acts 4:25-28
Psalms 2:7 Acts 13:33, Heb.1:5, 5
Psalms 2:9 Rev. 2:26-27; 12:5; 19:15
Psalms 8:2 Mat. 21:16
Psalms 8:4-6 1 Cor.15:25-28, Heb.2:5-10
Psalms 16:8-11 Acts 2:25-32; 13:34-37
Psalms 22:1 Mat.27:46; Mk.15:34
Psalms 22:7-8 Mat.27:39, 43; Lk.23:35
Psalms 22:18 Mat.27:35; Mk.15:24; Lk.23:34, Jn.19:23-24
Psalms 22:22 Heb.2:11-12
Psalms 40:6-8 Heb.10:5-10
Psalms 41:9 Jn.13:18
Psalms 45:6-7 Heb.1:8-9
Psalms 68:18 Eph.4:8
Psalms 69:4 Jn.15:25
Psalms 69:9 Jn.2:17; Rom.15:3
Psalms 69:21 Mat. 27:34; Jn.19:28-29
Psalms 69:22-23 Rom.11:9-10
Psalms 69:25 Acts 1:20
Psalms 78:2 Mat.13:35
Psalms 78:24 Jn. 6:31
Psalms 97:7 Heb.1:6
Psalms 102:25-27 Heb.1:10-12
Psalms 110:1 Mat.22:44; Mk.12:36; Lk.20:42; Acts 2:34; Hebr.1:13
Psalms 110:4 Heb.5:6; 6:20; 7:17, 21
Psalms 118:6 Heb.13:6
Psalms 118:22-23 Mat.21:42; Mk.12:10-11; Lk.20:17; Acts 4:11; Eph.2:20; 1 Pet.2:7
Psalms 118:26 Mat.21:9; 23:39; Mk.11:9, Lk.13:35; 19:38; Jn.12:13
Psalms of the MESSIAH
Psalm 2: GOD'S SON, the King
Psalm 8: MESSIAH: Son of Man
Psalm 16: MESSIAH: His Resurrection
Psalm 21: They intended evil against the MESSIAH
Psalm 22: MESSIAH: His Crucifixion
Psalm 23: The Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep. The Great Shepherd cares for His sheep.
Psalm 24: The Chief Shepherd, the King of Glory, rewards His sheep.
Psalm 30: The night of weeping was displaced by the joy of morning.
Psalm 34: None of His bones broken
Psalm 35: His adversaries gathered themselves together against Him.
Psalm 40: MESSIAH's Song of Salvation.
Psalm 41: MESSIAH: Betrayed by a friend.
Psalm 42: Thirsting for help.
Psalm 45: The Great King (and His Bride)
Psalm 55: Reproached by my own familiar friend.
Psalm 61: The King shares the heritage of those that fear GOD'S Name.
Psalm 68: The LORD who leads His people into Rest
Psalm 69: The Man of Sorrows; His humiliation and rejection
Psalm 72: The Characteristics of the MESSIAH's Reign
Psalm 89: The MESSIAH fulfills the Davidic Covenant
Psalm 102: The LORD of Glory: afflicted but endured
Psalm 109: They fought against Him without a cause.
Psalm 110: MESSIAH: The King, the Priest
Psalm 116: The Servant of the LORD, obedient unto death
Psalm 118: The LORD is become my Salvation
Psalm 129: He was beaten mercilessly
The Jews find MESSIAH material in the Psalms of Lamentation, in which the devout and guiltless Man of GOD suffers in the hatred of the people. It is not just a question of a Messianic figure but of the whole of Israel itself participating in the MESSIANIC birth-pangs. These sufferings for the Kingdom become the part of everyone who takes upon himself the yoke of the Kingdom of GOD. The Psalms are hymns of praise. The Psalms also contain many prayers, and unrestricted hymns. It is no wonder that the Book of Psalms is the basis of the Jewish worship and Book of prayer.
What the Psalms have to say about CHRIST
The New Testament explains practically the whole history of salvation in the light of the Book of Psalms. CHRIST was despised (Ps. 22:6; 69:19-220; He was rejected (Ps. 118:22); He was mocked (Ps. 22:7-8; 89:51-52; He was whipped (Ps.129:3); He was ridiculed (Ps. 69:8, 20); He was pierced on a cross (Ps. 22:1-2, 14-17; He thirsted (Ps. 22:16); He was given wine mixed with gall on the cross (Ps. 69:20-22); lots were cast for His garments (Ps. 22:18-19); His bones were not broken (Ps.34:21); He rose from the dead (Ps.16:10); He ascended into Heaven (Ps. 68:19); He is now at the right Hand of GOD (Ps.80:17; 110:1), He is the High Priest (Ps. 110:4); He will judge the nations (Ps.89:3-5); His reign shall be eternal (Ps. 89:35-37); He is the SON of GOD (Ps.2:7); He spoke in parables (Ps.78:2); He calmed the storm (Ps.89:10); the people sang Hosanna to Him (Ps.118:25-26); He is blessed for ever (Ps.45:1-4, 8, 18); and He will come in His glory in the latter days (Ps.102:16-23).
The Bible's prophecies of CHRIST resemble a jigsaw puzzle. The figure of the suffering Redeemer gradually emerges, as each individual piece about Him is put together. The above Passages from Psalms complete the picture outlined by the Pentateuch and the Prophets.
The Jews see the MESSIAH in the Psalms in more or less the same way as Christians, but they see the Psalms in a different light, and have their own secret references that they apply to their own idea of the MESSIAH.
More about CHRIST, the MESSIAH
#1. CHRIST would be born of a woman. Gen.3:15; Mat.1:20; Gal.4:4
#2. CHRIST would be born in Bethlehem. Mic.5:2; Mat.2;1; Lk.2:4-6
#3. CHRIST would be born of a virgin. Isa.7:14; Mat.1:22-23; Lk.1:26-31
#4. CHRIST would come from the line of Abraham. Gen.12:3; 22:18; Mat.1:1; Rom.9:5
#5. CHRIST would be a descendant of Isaac. Gen.17:19; 21:12; Lk.3:34
#6. CHRIST would be a descendant of Jacob. Num.24:17; Mat.1:2
#7. CHRIST would come from the tribe of Judah. Gen.49:10; Lk.3:33; Heb.7:14
#8. CHRIST would be heir to King David's throne. 2 Sam.7:12-13; Isa.9:7; Rom.1:3
#9. CHRIST’S throne will be anointed and eternal. Ps.45:6-7; Dan.2:44; Lk.1:33; Heb.1:8-12
#10. CHRIST would be called Immanuel. Isa.7:14; Mat.1:23
#11. CHRIST would spend a time in Egypt. Hos.11:1; Mat.2:14-15
#12. A massacre of children would happen at CHRIST'S birthplace. Jer.31:15; Mat.2:16-18
#13. A messenger would prepare the way for CHRIST. Isa.40:3-5; Lk.3:3-6; Jn.1:28-31
#14. CHRIST would be rejected by His own people. Ps.69:8; Isa.53:3; Jn.1:11; 7:5
#15. CHRIST would be a prophet. Deut.18:15; Jn.1:45; Acts 3:20-22; 7:37
#16. CHRIST would be preceded by Elijah. Mal.4:5-6; Mat.11:13-14
#17. CHRIST would be declared the Son of God. Ps.2:7; Mat.3:16-17
#18 CHRIST would be called a Nazarene. Isa.11:1; Mat.2:23
#19. CHRIST would bring light to Galilee. Isa.9:1-2; Mat.4;13-14
#20. CHRIST would speak in parables. Ps.78:2-4; Isa.6:9-10; Mat.13:10-15,34-35
#21. CHRIST would be sent to heal the brokenhearted. Isa.61:1-2; Lk.4:18-19
#22. CHRIST would be a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Ps.110:4; Heb.5:5-6
#23. CHRIST would be called King. Ps.2:6; Zec.9:9; Mat.27:37; Mk.11:7-11
#24. CHRIST would be praised by little children. Ps.8:2; Mat.21:16
#25. CHRIST would be betrayed. Ps.41:9; Zec.11:12-13; Mat.26:14-16; Lk.22:47-48
#26. CHRIST'S price money would be used to buy a potter's field.Zec.11:12-13; Mat.27:9-10
#27. CHRIST would be falsely accused. Ps.35:11; Mk.14:57-58
#28. CHRIST would be silent before his accusers. Isa.53:7; Mat.26:63; 27;12-14; Mk.14:61; 15:5; Lk.23:9; Jn.19:9; 1 Pet.2:23
#29. CHRIST would be beaten, spat upon and struck. Isa.50:6; Mat.26:67; Mk.14:65; 15:19; Lu.22:63-64; Jn.18:22
#30. CHRIST would be hated without cause. Ps.35:19; 69:4; 109:3; Jn.15:25
#31. CHRIST would be crucified with criminals. Isa.53:12; Mat.27:38; Mk.15:27-28; Lk.22:37; 23:25
#32. CHRIST would be given vinegar to drink. Ps.69:21; Mat.27:34; Mk.15:28; Lk.22:37; 23:25, 32-33; Jn.19:28-30
#33. CHRIST'S Hands and Feet would be pierced. Ps.22:16; Zec.12:10; Mat.27:35; Mk.15:24; Lk.23:33; Jn.19:23, 37; 20:25-27. They pierced my hands and my feet refers to the crucifixion of CHRIST. There simply cannot be another meaning, for nothing else would make any sense at all.
#34. CHRIST would be mocked and ridiculed. Ps.22:7-8; 109:25; Mat.27:29-30; Mk.15:19-20, 36; Lk.23:11, 35-37; Jn.19:28-30
#35. Soldiers would gamble for CHRIST'S garments. Ps.22:18; Mat.27:35-36; Mk.15:24; Lk.23:34; Jn.19:23-24
#36. CHRIST’S was beaten so terribly that His bones were revealed. Ps.22:17; 102:5; Isa.52:14; Job 33:21-22. The Lord JESUS suffered dreadful humiliation and shocking blows. The above verses state the terrible treatment JESUS suffered at the hands of the Romans because the Jews insisted they CRUCIFY HIM! Luke 23:21 But they cried, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. (KJV)
#37. CHRIST's bones would not be broken. Ex.12:46; Ps.34:20; Jn.19:33-36
#38. CHRIST would be forsaken by GOD. Ps.22:1; Mat.27:46
#39. CHRIST would pray for His enemies. Ps.109:4; Lk.23:34
#40. Soldiers would pierce CHRIST's side. Zec.12:10; Jn.19:34
#41. CHRIST would be buried with the rich. Isa.53:9; Mat.27:57-60; Mk.15:43-46; Lk.23:50-53; Jn.19:36-42; 1 Cor.15:4
#42. CHRIST would be resurrected from the dead. Ps.16:10; 49:15; Mat.28:2-7; Acts 2:22-32.
#43. CHRIST would ascend to Heaven. Ps.24:7-10; Mk.16:19; Lk.24:50-51; Acts 1:9-11
#44. CHRIST would be seated at GOD'S right Hand. Ps.68:18; 110:1; Mk.16:19; Lk.22:69
#45. CHRIST would be a Sacrifice for sin. Isa.53:5-12; Rom.5:6-8
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