In the forty days He had on earth between His resurrection and ascension, Jesus showed His disciples the things written about Him throughout the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms (Luke 24).
Jesus had ready spoken to His disciples during His earthly ministry, for example, about the Messiah in Psalm 110 (Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 20). This forty-day teaching therefore was an elaboration, made possible by the resurrection, which cast an entirely unexpected light on these Scriptures for His disciples.
Empowered with this knowledge, and with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles began preaching on the day of Pentecost – and continually thereafter – constantly referring to these texts, which the revealed fullness of Jesus’ life had given grand new meaning.
Do you think about Christ when you read the psalms? If not, you are not reading them as the apostles would have you read them.
For example, in Acts 2 Peter says that it may indeed have appeared that David wrote Psalm 16 about himself. However, it had now become clear that because David was a prophet, he had looked ahead and had been writing of the resurrection of his descendant – the Messiah. (See also 1 Peter 1:10-12 which likely explains David thought processes as he wrote.) Thus the apostles were taught by Jesus how to read the Scriptures in an entirely new light. The “Psalms of David” could now be right called the “Psalms of Christ.”
We would do well to read the entire Old Testament through the eyes of the apostles, for it was the Lord Himself who gave sight to those eyes.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.