Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 31 Scripture Selection: Psalm 109-110
Food for Thought: Ps. 110:1-4
It’s all about Jesus! It’s amazing how scriptures written centuries before His birth announce the coming of the Messiah and describe His position. Interestingly, they were also beneficial to some New Testament writers for the same purpose, but with different angles.
Jesus skillfully used these scriptures to confound the Pharisees and demonstrate His superiority, causing them to desist in attempting to stump Him (Mat. 22:41-46). In Acts 2:29-36, Peter referred to the same scriptures to explain very effectively the validity of Jesus Christ as their long-awaited Messiah and present the Gospel to His countrymen:
“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
The writer of Hebrews also made reference to it when emphasizing that Jesus is the Son of God, Creator of the worlds, Savior of mankind, exalted above the position of angels (Heb. 1:1-13), and High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek (Heb. 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:11).
It’s astounding how scriptures written by David “get a lot of mileage” and have various applications, all the while exalting the Lord and revealing truth that changes lives through the centuries and into eternity. So divinely effectual is His Word!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):
Edit! While this is a great post, I thought it would be beneficial to provide some text so people can ponder this. So, I’ll post chapter 110 in it’s entirety. ….
Of David. A psalm.
1 The Lord says to my lord:[b]
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
2 The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion,saying,
“Rule in the midst of your enemies!”
3 Your troops will be willing
on your day of battle.
Arrayed in holy splendor,
your young men will come to you
like dew from the morning’s womb.[c]
4 The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.”
5 The Lord is at your right hand[d];
he will crush kings on the day of his wrath.
6 He will judge the nations,heaping up the dead
and crushing the rulers of the whole earth.
7 He will drink from a brook along the way,[e]
and so he will lift his head high.