The Messiah in the Psalms
First we need to see the scripture in its historical context, but we need to see the N T as a guide to how we can approach the psalms. It is significant that Jesus speaks in a comprehensive way about his relationship to the Old Testament.
Luk 24:25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Luk 24:26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” Luk 24:27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
The crucifixion and the resurrection were not haphazard events but were part of God’s plan already revealed in the Old Testament. If then Jesus is the fulfillment of the O T Scriptures then we should see the O T as incomplete and anticipates the Messiah who would fulfill all things. This implies that the O T cannot be fully understood apart from understanding that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s plan through out the redemptive history. We cannot properly understand the O T without reading through Christological lens. Continue reading “Lesson 3”