42:4; 50:14,23; 116:17.” Theodore Laetsch, The Minor Prophets (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1956), p. 232. 3 Notice that in verses 23-25 of this same chapter Paul likens this incident with Abraham and his resurrection faith to the faith of the New Testament saint: “Now not for his sake only was it written, that ‘it was reckoned to him,’ but for our sake also, to whom it will be reckoned, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered up because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification.”. We, like the Laodicean church of the Book of Revelation, have found Christianity comfortable and we have become complacent. Bernhard Anderson suggests another reason why the Psalms speak to us.12 He reminds us that the Psalms were written at a point when Israel was between the initiation of God’s Kingdom and its culmination. Typically, many evangelical preachers take this occasion to give an apologetic sermon, seeking to show that the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is a proven fact of history--and that it is. Therefore also it was reckoned to him as righteousness (Romans 4:19-20).3. “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; and it will come about that when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. It is when we are suffering and God seems strangely absent that our attention turns to this precious book. And, after His ascension, the Lord was highly exalted by the Father (Phil. Answer: Parts of modern-day Jerusalem have been walled in since at least the age of Abraham, when the Jebusites had their city Jebus there. His fervent prayer began, “I-26, B-15, N-7. If I have urged you to be wise through our previous study of the Book of Proverbs, I now exhort you to be like David, a man (or woman) after the heart of God. The accusers of this woman were right in understanding that the Law condemned such persons as those who were guilty of adultery. 1 The relationship between Psalms and Proverbs can perhaps best be grasped in terms of the difference between David and Solomon. We have studied the Book of Proverbs in order to learn how we can become wise.1 I am turning now to the Book of Psalms because I desire that you and I may learn to be worshippers, men and women who, like David, seek after God and yearn to know the heart of God. Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I might live on account of you” (Gen. 12:11-13). The author is attempting to show the future dimensions of faith, and the future to which the Old Testament saints looked forward was that which would be theirs after death. “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; those who did the good deeds, to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment” (John 5:28-29). Hannah sang a psalm of praise to God for the gift of her son, Samuel (1 Sam. He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face, He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isa. 42:7—v. . The Psalms which you have before you greatly influenced the thinking of the apostles and the worship of the early church. 21:6-8; cf. On the description here and in Revelation 19:5, comp. (1-8) A parable about a landowner and his tenants. 4:9-11). For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world; but that the world should be saved through Him” (John 3:16-17; cf. Ladies can show off their new hats and outfits. Thou! And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. The Psalms are provided for the congregation of God’s people to sing or to say, to the praise and glory of God. 4 with Ps. The books of Jeremiah (e.g., 15:15-18; 17:14-18) and Lamentations (e.g., chaps. Since our Lord was the innocent, sinless Son of God, His death was on our behalf, and not for His own sins. It was no mere mortal who rose from the dead on that Easter morning, it was the Son of God. The story of the tenant farmers. Jonah 2:2 with Ps. 56:12; Prov. This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Q. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). The answer is really quite simple: JESUS DID NOT CONDEMN THIS WOMAN BECAUSE HE HAD COME TO BEAR THE CONDEMNATION OF THE LAW HIMSELF. It was Athanasius, an outstanding church leader in the fourth century, who reportedly declared “that the Psalms have a unique place in the Bible because most of the Scripture speaks to us, while the Psalms speak for us.”13. 27:46). In the preface to his book, Bernhard Anderson reminds his readers that Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was executed by the Nazi regime, was a man deeply influenced by the Psalms.17 His last publication before his death was The Prayer Book of the Bible: An Introduction to the Psalms (1940). There are several facets of the uniquesness of the resurrection of our Lord which we shall focus on: (1) The resurrection of our Lord was unique because of His deity. From 1 Corinthians 14:26, Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 we can safely infer that the singing of the Psalms was a vital part of the corporate worship experience of the church. . 369-73, as quoted by Bernhard Anderson, p. 29. . According to Paul’s letter to Timothy the reading of Scripture was to play an important role in the assembled worship of the saints (1 Tim. . Because of this, I challenge you to make a serious commitment as we begin our study of the Psalms. Thou! We are thus in error to think of our Lord as remaining on in the present exactly as He was at the time when He walked on the earth among men. If God were to be seen enthroned upon the praises of our church, how glorious would He appear to men? If anyone qualifies to praise God from “out of the depths” it was Jonah, for his psalm was composed from within the belly of that great fish which God had appointed to save him (cf. If you have never become a child of God through faith in Christ, I urge you to acknowledge your sin, to trust fully and finally in the work of Christ on the cross of Calvary and to thus be born again. 1:3-4). 3 with Ps. Seventy (70) elders were appointed by Moses (Numbers 11:16). (4) The Psalms are not only a “Prayer Book” but a pattern for worship. I find that the psalmist has often put his finger on a problem I have grappled with and penned what I have not been able to put into words. Saul, later known as Paul, also had a personal encounter with the resurrected Christ, as recorded several times in the Book of Acts (cf. The resurrection of Christ was thus a biblical necessity. Peter then went on to show that the power of the Spirit was poured forth on these chosen ones because He had been raised from the dead, a fact to which the empty tomb and the Old Testament Scriptures testified. A Psalm for All Seasons: Studies in the Book of Psalms. They are hidden from the face (of man). The first of these “psalms” is Assyrian, discovered by archaeologists in the ancient capital city of Nineveh, a hymn to the Moon-god, Sin. 53:1-3). 9 with Ps. Likewise, John responds very differently to the Lord in His heavenly appearances: And in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. The significance in the event of the resurrection is intertwined with the significance of the person who was raised. 53; Heb. Solomon was, as we know, given more wisdom than any man who had ever lived (1 Kings 3:12). 15:13-14; 16-17). 20:25). The unusual manifestations of the Spirit caused a great crowd to gather in Jerusalem. He has entitled his excellent book on the Psalms, Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak for Us Today. Personal faith in the resurrection of Christ is therefore necessary because it is a vital element in a faith that leads to salvation. Related Topics: Introductions, Arguments, Outlines, Worship (Personal), Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. See Daniel 12:1-13 (focus on verse 7 which adds up to 3 ½ ). In order to do this we must first come to appreciate the Psalms for the contribution they have made historically to the church and for what they can do in our lives. At Christmas time we tend to think of the great change which took place when our Lord came to the earth in human flesh, in His incarnation as the babe in the manger in Bethlehem. When our Lord came in human flesh, He had laid aside the outward manifestations of His splendor and glory, so that men were not attracted by His outward appearance. And He said to me, “It is done. 23 As quoted by Ronald Barclay Allen, Praise! In the Old Testament the patriarchs proclaimed their faith to the heathen by building an altar and “calling on the name of the Lord” (e.g., Gen. 12:8; 13:4; 21:33), an expression which combines the worship of the saint with his witness. We know from Romans 8:26-27 that the Spirit of God speaks those things for us which are unutterable. 4 In James 1:17 we are told that with God there is “. While every other person there was guilty and thus could not have taken up a stone to cast at this woman, Jesus could have, and the Law would demand that He do so. Taking this personally, many in that crowd confessed their sins and professed faith in Christ as their Savior (cf. You cannot worship God except through the Lord Jesus Christ: Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall you worship the Father. First, we fail to grasp our own true condition as it relates to the death and resurrection of Christ. The death of our Lord alone would not have sufficed, since it is by our identification with Him in His death, burial, and resurrection that we are saved. Throughout His life, Jesus had claimed to be the Son of God, for which reason the religious leaders sought to put Him to death (cf. 22:13-15; Acts 5:31). I once read an article with a title something like, “Israel’s Theology, Sung, not Said.” I think that is a correct assessment of the Book of Psalms in terms of its theology. In their preaching and writing, the apostles often quoted from the Psalms as biblical proof of the fact that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. Jair, one of the Judges of Israel delineated in the Bible, had thirty sons. Over the years there have been some who have sought to show that the death of Christ was less noble than it is. 78), but her theology is compressed. For example, the Israelites sang a song (a psalm) of praise to God after passing through the Red Sea at the Exodus (Ex. Had I been there, I would have called for Christ’s crucifixion. God only accepts worship through the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. That’s right, the dime store. for you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls (1 Peter 2:22-25). . In the second chapter of the Book of Acts, we find the church being baptized by the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Evangelism is the outworking and the effect of worship. 6 with Ps. 2:6-8). 11:26). O Lord, decider of the destinies of heaven and earth, whose word no one alters, I know them and love them more than any other book in the Bible.”18, A friend who was with him in his last days said: “[Bonhoeffer] always seemed to me to diffuse an atmosphere of happiness, of joy in every smallest event in life, and of deep gratitude for the mere fact that he was alive.… He was one of the very few men that I have ever met to whom his God was real and close to him.”19, It was another Russian prison camp in the same war which produced yet another student of the Psalms. We are living in the interim, awaiting the culmination—the coming of God’s Kingdom, much like Israel of old. . It is my hope that you will acknowledge that worship is a dimension in your life which is of the highest priority and much in need of improvement. And the Reformers did likewise. 18:4-6; 30:3; 120:1—v. Our Lord saw Himself as the fulfillment of the messianic prophecies and types of the Psalms. 4:13). Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest was to put blood on the horns of the altar of incense to cleanse it. Allow me to use one Old Testament figure to demonstrate the resurrection dimension of faith, the faith of Abraham. Those who will not fall before our Lord in faith and adoration now must ultimately do so as His conquered enemies: Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Phil. Thou alone art exalted. Finally, one said to the other, “Do you think it would do any good to pray?” The other agreed that nothing could be lost by trying. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved (Rom. December 23, 2015 December 22, 2015 Guest Authors Bible, Featured, Teaching, Theology. 17 Anderson, Out of the Depths, p. x, 2, 75-76. . Instead, they were paid off, and became a part of a conspiracy to cover up the resurrection: And when they assembled with the elders and counseled together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, and said, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole Him away while they were asleep.’ . Thou! I should even go beyond this to say that my sinfulness would have eagerly participated in rejecting Christ and calling for His execution, just as the crowds did as recorded in the gospels. Yet there are certain changes which occurred at the time of our Lord’s resurrection and ascension, which are seldom observed, but have great significance. This leads me to the conclusion that the Psalms provide us not only with a passage to ponder and to pray, but also with a pattern for our prayer and worship. Berean Study Bible who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, Berean Literal Bible the One having given Himself for our sins, so that He might deliver us out of the evil age having come presently, according to the will our God and Father, King James Bible Our Lord had clearly claimed to be the son of God, which was the reason why the religious leaders conspired to kill Him (cf. Jesus could appear and disappear at will (Luke 24:31). 14:26; Eph. 3:16,17; 2 Pet. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Rev. Allow me to give you two biblical examples of those who took the resurrection of Christ personally. This bodily humiliation, however, was set aside when our Lord was resurrected. As God continued to work in Abraham’s life, a resurrection faith resulted. They believe that because Jesus was raised from the dead, they, too, will be raised. It is very easy to condemn the fickle crowds, who a few days before hailed Jesus as the King, and then cried out for Pilate to crucify Him, and to release Barrabas, a murderer, instead. But after due deliberation, if worship is as important as the Bible says it is then I would urge you to make a commitment before God to faithfully study the Psalms for your own personal growth as a child of God. I believe that there are several reasons why some who believe in the resurrection are not saved. 2:9-11). No wonder He died, some would say, because this “man” did not have the sense to recognize his own humanity or the diplomacy to pacify the power structure of that day. In his message at Pentecost, Peter taught that the resurrection of Christ by the Father (through the Holy Spirit) was God’s vindication of His Son, His message, and His work: “This Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. The greatest problem we face is not accepting the resurrection of Christ, and that fact that “He lives” today. In 1 Corinthians chapter 15, that great resurrection chapter of the New Testament, Paul argues that apart from Christ’s resurrection, we would have no hope: But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. While God does not change, in principle, in His dealing with men (for example, He always deals with men through grace, and by means of faith), He does change in some of the particulars of His dealings with us. Never was the altar of incense to be used for a burnt offering, a grain offering, or a drink offering (Exodus 30:9). Seventy has a sacred meaning in the Bible that is made up of the factors of two perfect numbers, seven (representing perfection) and ten (representing completeness and God's law). Up to this point there is probably little that I have said which is new to you. There are psalms of lament in the Book of Job (e.g., 3:3-12, 13-19, 20-26; 7:1-10; 10:1-22). (3) The Psalms speak for us “out of the depths.” I am particularly indebted to Bernhard Anderson for this insight. The story of Passover is recorded in the book of Exodus. John 21:20), is now the One before whom John falls as a dead man. (2) The resurrection of our Lord was unique because of the death which preceded and necessitated His resurrection. 5:7). Acts 2:42), rather than around the coffee table or the television set. So, too, the faith of the New Testament believer must be a resurrection faith. …”. Archaeologists have found numerous “psalms” of worship which peoples of the Ancient Near East offered to pagan deities. After reading the … A few have thought that it was our Lord’s own folly that brought about His death. “And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power” (Acts 2:24). chapters 9, 22, & 26). THE GREEK CITY-STATES THE SPARTANS A BOY'S LIFE IN GREECE A GIRL'S LIFE IN GREECE SLAVERY IN GREECE … Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. I am convinced, however, that many of the non-Christians who attend Easter Sunday services accept the resurrection of Christ as a fact. If this does not inspire a godly fear of the coming wrath of God, nothing will. I am coming to the conclusion that not only is worship more important than evangelism, fellowship, edification, discipleship or church planting, but it is really the means to these things. Simeon is one of my favorite characters in the Bible. Acts 13:29-39). Philippians chapter 3). There is a distinct change evident however, in his response to sinners after His death and resurrection. Paul writes about Abraham’s faith in his epistle to the Romans: And without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what He had promised, He was able also to perform. . It is for this reason that I am addressing this message to the religious unbelievers who believe in the fact of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, but who fail to grasp its significance in a personal way. We can therefore sometimes pray in the words of the Psalms more effectively than in our own words. I encourage you to ponder it, for it is a vow, and vows should not be taken lightly (cf. In time, Joseph moved his entire family to Egypt and protected them there. Bob was born and raised in a Christian home i... More. See this page on it. Acts 2:37-41). In Deuteronomy 32 Moses composed a psalm contrasting God’s faithfulness with Israel’s unfaithfulness. The significance of Easter is often overlooked or distorted by churches in America. The central focus of our lives should not be ourselves, or even others, but God (cf. The truth is that we have had it too easy. For anyone to have been raised from the dead would have been significant; for the Son of God to have been raised is all the more so. When the Philippian jailer fell before Paul and Silas and asked the question, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved” (Acts 16:30), it was because these saints had responded to their persecution with praise and worship: “But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them” (Acts 16:25). Passover Feast in the Bible . Frequently there was a “Spring is Here” motif with Easter somehow associated with the coming of Spring, and the happy thought of leaving behind a dreary winter and looking forward to the fresh new life which signals the coming of Spring. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is significant because of its necessity. My friend, if God were enthroned upon your praises, how glorious would that throne be? All too often, Easter Sunday is more of a “coming out” ritual, a part of the celebration of the commencement of Spring, than it is an observance and celebration of the resurrection of our Lord. This is the purpose of our introductory lesson. The Urgency of our Response to Christ’s Resurrection. Abraham’s resurrection was put to its most crucial test, once again pertaining to his son. If Solomon was known for his wisdom, some of which is recorded in the Book of Proverbs, David was known for his heart for God (1 Sam. in 1971. In the Bible, Jesus ' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem with the waving of palm branches is found in John 12: 12-15; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; and Luke 19:28-44. Easter bunnies and eggs have won “hands down” over Christ, the cross of Calvary, and the empty tomb. 14 “The prayer is saturated with quotations from, or reminiscences of, psalms written by David or in his age and therefore well known to pious Israelites. When thy word is pronounced on earth the Anunnaki kiss the ground.2, How manifold it is, what thou hast made! The number 42 also has significance. The altar of … (4) The resurrection of Christ was also a logical necessity. But after due deliberation, if worship is as important as the Bible says it is then I would urge you to make a commitment before God to faithfully study the Psalms for your own personal growth as a child of God. The initial absence of this kind of faith is apparent from Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his wife’s purity in order to save his own skin. 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