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July 5, 2024

Rēad to Read …Again


Daily Reading: Psalm 108-114

 

Psalm 109:4

For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer.

 

Great Prophecies in the Psalms

 

Number Thirteen thru Fifteen

 

Today you will read of three great prophecies from Psalms that are fulfilled in the New Testament.

 

Number thirteen is found in Psalm 109:4. The Lord Jesus prayed for His enemies. The fulfillment of this is found in Luke 23:34. Jesus was on the cross, hanging by three nails, one in each hand and one through both feet. He was bleeding, He was hurt, He was exhausted physically and probably being attacked spiritually. Yet, in His pain He prayed for those that put Him there. By doing so, not only did our Lord fulfill Psalm 109:4, He also obeyed His own teaching as an example to His believers to do the same.

 

Back there, way back at the beginning of His three years of ministry on earth, He taught this: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44). Not only did our Lord teach this, He did this.

 

Number fourteen is found in Psalm 109:8, Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Of course this is speaking about Judas Iscariot. It was fulfilled in Acts 1:20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take. This is enough said about him.

 

Number fifteen is found in Psalm 110:4, The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:20 states clearly that this is speaking of Jesus. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. When it comes to the person called Melchisedec it seems that the preponderance of focus is on the question “Who is Melchisedec?”  Rather though, the focus should be on Christ and His ministry to His people as like Melchisedec.

 

Of this man, that which we know of him is little. He is mentioned in history in Genesis 14, in prophecy in Psalm 110, and in doctrine in Hebrews 7. Of him this is all we know. Boiled down into a concise statement the writer of Hebrews explains who Melchisedec is: To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; (Hebrews 7:2). Christ alone is righteousness, and only He alone can bring peace through His righteousness. Peace between humans and God and peace between humans.

 

By the way, at the start of this series within a series, namely Prophecies in the Psalms, there were fourteen mentioned.  During the study more have been found. Stay tuned there is at least one more. This is an amazing testament to the truth and veracity of the Scriptures.  They may not all have been fulfilled yet, but they will!


Dr. William T. Howe

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