Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This n that, but this? What about that?

In my Bible reading today I came across Psalm 69.

There are some very clear Messianic portions of this Psalm.

Being hated without cause, being thirsty, having a zeal for God's house that consumes, and being offered sour wine to drink. All of these are directly related to Jesus and tied back to this Psalm.

It makes me wonder how much of this was written by David in a Messianic spirit. Maybe the whole thing is meant to somehow apply to Jesus.

Verse 5 makes that difficult however in that David states,

"5 O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you."

Jesus did not have any folly or wrongs that He committed. It makes me appreciate the apostles and the Holy Spirit which illuminated their minds and spirits to that which was directly related to the Messiah in a literal sense as they preached and wrote the New Testament and perhaps that which was not.

Of course the Road to Emmaus teaches us that the whole Bible is pointing to Jesus. This becomes a careful exposition when extracting themes from the Old Testament. God's promise to Abraham is clearly traced through literal, genealogical record and the preservation of the people through whom the Messiah would come is often the focal point of the stories (i.e. Esther, Joseph, Judges, etc...) The Psalms are interesting inasmuch as they are songs and poems inspired by the Holy Spirit to point us toward God and His only Son, Jesus, but written by men acquainted mainly with shadows of what was to come.

Read Psalm 69 today and if you have a study Bible, look up the cross-references. There is a lot of rich source material in this Psalm applied forward to Jesus. What parts make obvious sense to you? Which would be harder to understand in a Messianic context? Do you ever consider how the Old Testament passages you read apply to Jesus?

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