VOX DEI By Mr. …

VOX DEI By Mr. Islip Collier:

Chapter 9

THE UNWILLING WITNESS {continued]

After the general consideration of the phase of the argument in the last chapter, we may pass under rapid review the various other prophecies of the Old Testament Scriptures which have been subject of controversy.

In  the one hundred and tenth Psalm there is a prophecy which is referred to in the New Testament as applying directly to Christ Jesus.  Christ Jesus only quoted the first part of it with the object of showing that the Messiah was to be more than a mere man.

“The Lord said unto my lord, Sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”

If David called Him Lord, how is he then his son?

If it be granted that David was the author of the Psalm, and that prophecy related to the Messiah who was to come, the argument was a good one.  Among the Jews there was far more respect for the parents than we find in modern Gentile lands and the title lord applied by the Israelitish king to any of his descendants would indicate something quite exceptional in the one so addressed.  There are some more signifcant features of this prophecy which Jesus Christ did not quote and which at once challenge the antagonism of one who repudiates the special claims of the Bible.  He is practically compelled to deny that it refers to the Messiah at all.

We remember the contention of the objector who made some claims to learning, that a slight knowledge of Hebrew would convince anyone that the Psalm was simply an address to one of the Maccabees and that it had no reference to the Messiah.

This argument is not quite honest.  It is painfully reminiscent of old and discredited methods whoch have too often been employed on the Christian side.  Many theologians have attempeted to shelter behind their learninng, and with terrifying sentences, freely interloaded with adjectives, have sought to establish their positions by branding their opponents as “unlearned and ignorant men.”

There have doubtless been instances of poems which were only intended to have local and contemporary application being given an extended meaning by editors, but there have been still more instances of great and enduring poems being so edited as to be given a topical significance far removed from the intention of the original writer.  There are many prophecies in the Old Testament regarding the coming of a great deliverer.  The sceptic has a right to claim that this is only natural, especially among people who were often in trouble and who needed the comforting assurance that some day a hero would come to deliver them.  The Christian has a right to point out there would be a natural tendency to apply the prophecy to each successsive leader as he appeared, and such application is no evidence of the prophet’s intention.

The point of the argument is that the prophecy is different from anything that might have been expected in a merely human expression of national aspirations, and yet in these peculiar details, it fits the case of Jesus Christ exactly.

All attentive readers will notice that there is a difference in type used for Lord, indicating different words in the original.  The Psalm begins.  “The LORD said unto my Lord.”  The Covenant name is used as indicated by the capitals, “~YAHWEH~ said unto my Adon, Sit thou at My right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.”

What man, however great his eminence, was to sit at the right hand of ~YAHWEH~ waiting till his foes should be made his footstool:  How could such a prediction be fulfilled?

It is easy to understand the first disciples calling this Psalm to mind when they became convinced that Jesus Christ Had been raised from the dead and taken to Heaven.  Here was  the explanation of the one who was to rule in ZION being addressed by ~YAHWEH~ in such a manner; here was the explaination of this period of waiting at the right hand of GOD, an idea which seemed utterly unintelligible in connection with any other man.

The Psalm goes on to declare, “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power: —surely implying a day of weakness in which they would not be willlng, and very significant in view of that period of waiting for the manifestation of power.

Finally there is the assurance to this Lord of the Psalmist, “Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”  If the great ruler referred to was to come of the tribe of Judah [and that is the most probable assumption despite the suggestion regarding the Maccabees], for Him to be a priest whould involve a change in the law, for priests under the law were of the tribe of Levi.  Again there is a prefect harmony of ideas.  Melchizedek was a king as well as a Priest.  He was described in the book of Genesis as “King of Salem, the priest of the Most High GOD.”  He was obviously superior to the Levitical order of priests.

Islip Collier is a writer for the CHRISTADELPHIANS and has written many books which adddress the current disunity of information and illogic currently present in the world of Christian believers. For more information on these and other studies rsvp ElpisIsrael@msn.com. or www.biblemagazine.com.

About elpisisrael9496

Curtis Harvey Brittle, was born to Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Dorothy Brittle, at The Orange Memorial Hospital, New Jersey in 1946, and raised in Chatham Township, New Jersey. Attended Northeastern University in Boston, and St. Francis College in ME. [UNE] Grad of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ, and Wroxton College [1975] UK. Writer and Poet, Expositor of Scriptures and world traveler, Minister, and preacher CHRISTADELPHIANS WORLDWIDE ARSK/chb ElpisIsrael@msn.com. chbrittle@gmail.com.
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