RESURRECTION IN THE OT? WHERE?

Luke 24
44 Now He said to them, “ These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”
45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
46 and He said to them, “ Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
 
I’m a Bible reader.
And as I read it, I often stop and ponder or meditate.
As I am reading through the book of Acts the past few days, I did my usual stop and ponder….
From the beginning of the book, the author Luke kept saying that the resurrection of Jesus was foretold about in the Psalms.  Now I have read the Psalms, but I don’t remember ever reading resurrection in Psalms. If I saw resurrection in Psalms I would be totally underlining that and starring it in my Bible with little personal notes by it.  
 
Listen to these words in 2:31…”with prophetic foresight he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ…” (Weymouth).  This is part of Peter’s Pentecost sermon.  Peter was preaching resurrection from the Psalms.  
 
Here is what I do know….
Jesus preached about Himself from the Psalms.

Luke that says that in the Law, the Prophets, AND THE PSALMS there is a lot of stuff about Jesus and especially his suffering and HIM RISING AGAIN.  Wow… have I ever underlined a resurrection verse in Psalms?  Nope.  
Without the help of Acts, I never would have noticed the Psalm’s resurrection verses.  That’s why you read the WHOLE Bible.  
 
Be careful of being a P/P reading….Psalms & Proverbs.  So many people do that and never realize that Jesus is in the Psalms because they did not get the treasure map that is in Acts, Luke, Hebrews and other NT books. Thes are books that cause a Psalm that just looked like abstract words about an event, to paint a picture of The Lamb of God, Jesus.
 
Let me throw in one more example. Judas and betrayal in Psalms? Never underlined that one either.  That is what Acts 1 says and what they talked about in the upper room.  They quoted Psalms again .
 
16 “Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.
 
David once again talking about Jesus stuff.
Never saw it and never noticed it.
That is why we read the WHOLE Bible…..so I can underline cool stuff.
Where is Judas in the Psalms?
 
Ps 109:8 Let his days be few;
Let another take his office.
 
Ps 69:25 May their camp be desolate;
May none dwell in their tents.
 
Ps 41:9 Even my close friend in whom I trusted,
Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
 
Never saw Judas in these verses.
But just because I didn’t see it, did not mean that it wasn’t there.
 
Oh by the way, I did go and underline, starred, and wrote in the margin of my Bible next to Psalm 2:7 & Psalm 16:10, “the resurrection of Jesus” prophesied . Acts 2 is written in AD 33.  And Psalm 2  & 16 is written by David and he lived from 1037BC – 967 BC.  So the prophecy of the resurrection was made at least 1000 years before Jesus rose again.  This book is supernatural.  This book is amazing. That book is the Bible. 
 

I NEVER WOULD HAVE READ “THAT”…

… AND THOUGHT OF “THIS”
(Jesus fulfilling the Psalms in His Life)

It’s always easier to see stuff when you know the whole story and the big picture.

I have read the Psalms many, many times and the Gospels equally. I have to tell you that I don’t know if I have, even with the whole life of Jesus before me, been good at correlating the two.  The Bible is a supernatural book and it cannot be exhausted with one reading.

I love what Spurgeon said…

“No Scripture is exhausted by a single explanation. The flowers of God’s
garden bloom not only double, but sevenfold; they are continually pouring
forth fresh fragrance.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Well, I just started smelling some of the fresh fragrance of the Psalms being fulfilled in the life of Jesus.  Psalms that I have read, but never thought of Jesus.

When I read the Bible, especially the OT, I need to think “Jesus”.
Listen to the words of the resurrected Jesus….

Luke 24:44
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you,
while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were
written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, AND IN THE PSALMS,
concerning me.

Wow, did you get that?
Jesus in the Psalms!

Let me show you what I stumbled on and how I started to read Psalms differently.
It was in John 15.

John 15
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

I have read the Psalms many times.  I can’t tell you that there has been many times when I have read a Psalm and said that was fulfilled in Jesus’ life and ministry. I know the Psalms are part of David’s life, but when I ran into this verse in John 15 and Jesus said “I am the fulfillment of ‘they hated me without a cause'” – whoa!.  I have read Psalm 35 many times (and this verse) and have never read Jesus is coming to fulfill that verse.
How many more verses are there in Psalms that Jesus fulfilled.

There are a few things that I learn from this.
First, those who try to tell me that the OT has no correlation with the NT is just not true. Or to see Jesus in the OT is very very much allowable and encouraged by the resurrected Jesus.

When we read the Gospels and many of the stories of the Bible, we know the end.  EVEN WITH THAT ADVANTAGE, I don’t know how many of these Psalms I would read and think Jesus.  I need to learn to read differently. I need to see Jesus more.

Let’s look at some

PS 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Would you have read Psalm 8 and thought triumphant entry and the children singing on Palm Sunday?
Not me!

Here’s another…

Psalm 110:1 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand,until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Would you have thought this applies to the question that Jesus asks the Pharisees….”What think ye of the Christ and whose son is he?”
My mind was not going to Psalm 110 with that question!

Matthew 22
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David.
43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,
44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?
45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?
46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

In Matthew 23 Jesus weeps over Jerusalem and their unwillingness to come to Him.

Matt 23:37
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

I have not read Psalm 118 thinking about this moment with Jesus

Ps 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.

Let’s keep reading…..

Let’s see Jesus at the last supper washing the disciples feet and letting them know that someone will betray Him…

John 13:18
18 I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
19 Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.
20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
21 When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

What Psalm had I read that would associate with this?

Psalm 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.

I think when it’s all said and done, I have a new prayer that I pray when I start reading the Bible.
It’s a request that some Greeks made but it sounds more like prayer to me. They said to Philip , “Sir , we wish to  see Jesus” (John 12:21).

1. Ps 8.2 > Mt 21.16
2. Ps 110.1 > Mt 22.44
3. Ps 118.26 > Mt 23.39
4. Ps 82.6 > John 10.34
5. Ps 41.9 > John 13.18
6. Ps 35.19, 69.4 > John 15.25