Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Seeing Christ (and us) in the Psalms

"He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me" - Psalm 41:9 & John 13:8
Jesus had a unique way of reading the Psalms.

Here, beyond the context of the psalmist and a faithless friend, Jesus indicated it actually referred to himself, the Christ, and his betrayer. He interpreted the first person pronouns, "Me" and "My", from the point of view of Christ, not the psalmist.

He wasn't alone in looking at Psalms this way. Peter stood up on the Jewish feast of Pentecost preaching the resurrection of Jesus and quoted,
"For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." - Psalm 16:10 & Acts 2:27
He told his audience it wasn't David, the psalmist, but Christ who was referred to; again, interpreting the first person pronoun, "My", from the point of view of Christ.

Try reading the Psalms from the first person of Christ, and us (as having been united with him1), it will add a whole new dimension.

- fritz

1 - Post from July 12, 2010 Bible - a book about one man

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