Wednesday, November 08, 2006

What the NT's most quoted OT passage tells us about Jesus

The most quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament is Psalm 110:1: The Lord says to my Lord:“Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.”

Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record Jesus questioning the Pharisees' identification of the Christ as the Son of David, using this passage. Peter's first sermon in Acts 2 uses the passage to demonstrate the supremacy of Jesus over even David. And Hebrews 1 uses the passage to show the supremacy of Christ over the angels.

Why is this significant to your work on the field? Read the entire Psalm in context:

110:1 The Lord says to my Lord:“Sit at my right hand,until I make your enemies your footstool.”

2 The Lord sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter.Rule in the midst of your enemies!

3 Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power, in holy garments; from the womb of the morning,the dew of your youth will be yours.

4 The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,“You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.”

5 The Lord is at your right hand;he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.

6 He will execute judgment among the nations,filling them with corpses;he will shatter chiefs over the wide earth.

7 He will drink from the brook by the way;therefore he will lift up his head.

He rules, He reigns, and He has been exalted! He is a priest forever, interceding on behalf of believers, desiring the nations He has been given as an inheritance (Ps. 2) to worship before His throne, awaiting the day of judgment.

He is at the right hand of God Most High ... the work is finished, complete. Your work on the field is not to secure a victory, it is to announce it! Our God reigns ... and Jesus' exaltation to His right hand demonstrates the victory of the cross.

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