Jesus Fulfills the Jewish Bible – Part 5 (Sept-Dec 2010)

By Matt Dabbs

By Edward Fudge

Psalm 118:22-23 foretells Jesus’ rejection by others, as it portrays the rejected building stone which God selects and uses as the cornerstone for his Temple (Matt. 21:42; Acts 4:11-12; Eph. 2:19-22; 1 Pet. 2:4-8). Psalm 16:7-11 expresses the faith of a righteous man that God will have the final word over death, and it is fulfilled in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead (Acts 2:31-32; 13:34-37). Although the New Testament does not make the point, Jesus’ ascension and entry into heaven then fulfill the scene portrayed in Psalm 24:7-10, which is the reward of the godly life described in Psalm 24:1-6.

Psalm 110:1, 4 is the most-quoted Old Testament passage in the New Testament. The vision of Jesus seated as King and Priest at God’s right hand is cited by Jesus himself (Matt. 22:44; 26:65) and in the apostolic preaching (Acts 2:34). It underwrites our ethics (Col. 3:1), exemplifies God’s power available for us (Eph. 1:20), illuminates our hope (1 Cor. 15:25), certifies Jesus’ finished atonement — he can “sit” because his sacrifice, once-offered, is sufficient forever (Heb. 1:3; 8:1; 10:12-13), and inspires our faithfulness (Heb. 12:2).

Finally, the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews examines Psalm 110:4 word by word in light of Jesus. He notes that Jehovah, not Jesus, appointed Jesus as high priest (Heb. 5:4-6). God did so with an oath, not merely with a promise (Heb. 6:17-20; 7:21-22). God will never change his mind about Jesus’ priestly appointment, as he once did about ancient Eli’s (Heb. 7:21; 1 Sam. 2:27ff).

Unlike the Levitical priests, Jesus is a priest forever, since he lives forever to intercede (Heb. 7:23-25). And he is a priest like Melchizedek, a priest whose efficacy rests on his own moral character, not on ceremonial purity, symbolic holiness or physical and ancestral requirements for office (Heb. 7:15-17; 7:26—8:2). What Jesus did for us, in our name, makes us holy (“sanctifies” us) and makes us perfect in God’s sight forever (Heb. 10:10-12).


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Matt is the preaching minister at the Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Alabama. He and Missy have been married 12 years and are raising two wonderful boys, Jonah and Elijah. Matt is passionate about reaching and discipling young adults, small groups, and teaching. Matt is currently the editor and co-owner of Wineskins.org.

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