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Psalm 118 in Jesus’ last week

Psalm 118

 

Establish the need: Have you ever heard of the song, “This is the day that the LORD has made”?

 

Purpose: To marvel at this Messianic prophecies of Christ’s last week.

  1. Psalm 118:26 on Palm Sunday
  2. Psalm 118:22-23 mentioned by Jesus during the week
  3. Psalm 118:22-24 on that DAY

 

Reminder:

  • The last twenty four hours Jesus sang according to Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.[1]
  • This would have been Psalms 113-118.
  • That is because the Jews sang Psalms 113-118 during the Passover.
  • Psalms 113-118 was called the “Hallel” Psalms.[2]
  • The Jews sang Psalm 113-114 before the Passover meal and afterwards they sang Psalm 115-118.[3]
    These songs would have been the Scriptures that Jesus have thought about as He was the worship leader for the Passover meal that was His Last Supper with His followers before He would be crucified the next day.
  • Yet these would minister to Him and therefore also minister to us!

Background

  • This is a Hillel Psalm; The Jews would have read Psalm 113-118 during the three major religious holiday: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacle.  Psalm 118 would have been the last Psalm read.
  • The part of verse we are reading in, is a bit different because of the shift of the subject of the “stone.”

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For this week’s “Wee-kids” Wednesdays here’s a review of a Christian children’s book.

 

Elena Pasquali. On That Easter Morning.  Oxford, UK: Lion Hudson Limited, January 24, 2020. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you looking for a children’s picture and story book on the Bible’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection?  This is one that’s worth your time and money.

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Christ and love to the nations

Psalm 117

 

Establish the need: How does this short Psalm fit in with Jesus reading and singing it the night before He would die on the Cross?

 

Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! 2 For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord!

 

Purpose: When we see others mock where is God we must continue to trust in God for two reasons:

  1. We need to know the goal of the Messiah is for the nations to praise God (v.1)
  2. We need to know the goal of the Messiah is to display God’s loving kindness (v.2)

 

Reminder:

  • The last twenty four hours Jesus sang according to Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.[1]
  • This would have been Psalms 113-118.
  • That is because the Jews sang Psalms 113-118 during the Passover.
  • Psalms 113-118 was called the “Hallel” Psalms.[2]
  • The Jews sang Psalm 113-114 before the Passover meal and afterwards they sang Psalm 115-118.[3]
    These songs would have been the Scriptures that Jesus have thought about as He was the worship leader for the Passover meal that was His Last Supper with His followers before He would be crucified the next day.
  • Yet these would minister to Him and therefore also minister to us!

Background

  • This is the shortest Psalm and also the shortest chapter in the Bible.[4]
  • Yet we should understand its brevity as the Psalm has something important to say, not that it has nothing to say.

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Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  In light of today being Resurrection Sunday (Easter) its appropriate to say: Be grateful for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

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Christ and the Cup of Salvation

Psalm 116 

Establish the need: Have you ever hear people mock with “Where, now, is their God?”

Purpose: When we see others mock where is God we must continue to trust in God for two reasons:

  • Response to God (v.1-2)
    • The Messiah’s lowly experience (v.3-8)
    • The Messiah’s future hope (v.9-15)
  • Response to God (v.16-19)

 

Reminder:

  • The last twenty four hours Jesus sang according to Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.[1]
  • This would have been Psalms 113-118.
  • That is because the Jews sang Psalms 113-118 during the Passover.
  • Psalms 113-118 was called the “Hallel” Psalms.[2]
  • The Jews sang Psalm 113-114 before the Passover meal and afterwards they sang Psalm 115-118.[3]
    These songs would have been the Scriptures that Jesus have thought about as He was the worship leader for the Passover meal that was His Last Supper with His followers before He would be crucified the next day.
  • Yet these would minister to Him and therefore also minister to us!

The Hallel Psalms broken down:[4]

 

Corporate Psalms                                            Personal

Praise                     113                                         116

Call to Nations     114                                           117

Praise                     115                                         118

 

Psalms 113-115 never uses “I, me, my.”[5]

But Psalms 116-118 uses “I, me, my” 72 times.[6]

Thus we are going to begin to see salvation described in very personal terms

Also the Psalm applies to all Christians but is especially relevant for Christ as He read and sang it.[7]

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Christ, Mockers and Eternal Life

Psalm 115

Establish the need: Have you ever hear people mock with “Where, now, is their God?”

 

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, But to Your name give glory Because of Your lovingkindness, because of Your [a]truth. 2 Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” 3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases. 4 Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. 5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; 6 They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell; 7 [b]They have hands, but they cannot feel; [c]They have feet, but they cannot walk; They cannot make a sound with their throat. 8 Those who make them [d]will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them. 9 O Israel, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 11 You who [e]fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who [f]fear the Lord, The small together with the great. 14 May the Lord give you increase, You and your children. 15 May you be blessed of the Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. 16 The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, But the earth He has given to the sons of men. 17 The dead do not praise [g]the Lord, Nor do any who go down into silence; 18 But as for us, we will bless [h]the Lord From this time forth and forever. Praise [j]the Lord!

 

Purpose: When we see others mock where is God we must continue to trust in God for two reasons:

  • Trust God because He is gloriously at work (v.1-8)
  • Trust God because He remembers us (v.9-18)

Reminder:

  • The last twenty four hours Jesus sang according to Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.[1]
  • This would have been Psalms 113-118.
  • That is because the Jews sang Psalms 113-118 during the Passover.
  • Psalms 113-118 was called the “Hallel” Psalms.[2]
  • The Jews sang Psalm 113-114 before the Passover meal and afterwards they sang Psalm 115-118.[3]
    These songs would have been the Scriptures that Jesus have thought about as He was the worship leader for the Passover meal that was His Last Supper with His followers before He would be crucified the next day.
  • Yet these would minister to Him and therefore also minister to us!

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Christ and the Anticipation of Deliverance

Psalm 114

Purpose: In this study we shall see two points to be at awe with God with His deliverance.

  1. Be at awe with God’s deliverance in the Old Testament (v.1-3)
  2. Be at awe with God’s deliverance anticipating Christ (v.4-8)

 

Situating Psalm 114

  • The last twenty four hours Jesus sang according to Matthew 26:30 and Mark 14:26.[1]
  • This would have been Psalms 113-118.
  • That is because the Jews sang Psalms 113-118 during the Passover.
  • Psalms 113-118 was called the “Hallel” Psalms.[2]
  • The Jews sang Psalm 113-114 before the Passover meal and afterwards they sang Psalm 115-118.[3]
    These songs would have been the Scriptures that Jesus have thought about as He was the worship leader for the Passover meal that was His Last Supper with His followers before He would be crucified the next day.
  • Yet these would minister to Him and therefore also minister to us!

 

Note: This is not an easy Psalm to divide.  Charles Spurgeon said “I did not interrupt the reading of the Psalm by any exposition. It is a perfect whole, and could not well be divided without spoiling it.” [4]

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Christ and the Anticipation of A Great Reversal

Psalm 113

Establishing the Need: Have you ever wonder Scripture Jesus would have read the night before He would die on the Cross for our sins?  If you are just tuning in to our series this week you might to begin here: Why Study Psalms 113-118 Concerning the Last Week of Jesus’ Life?

 

Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, Praise the name of the Lord. 2 Blessed be the name of the Lord From this time forth and forever. 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the Lord is to be praised. 4 The Lord is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. 5 Who is like the Lord our God, Who is enthroned on high, 6 Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth? 7 He raises the poor from the dust And lifts the needy from the ash heap, 8 To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people. 9 He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the Lord!

 

Purpose: In this study we shall see three lessons from this Psalm for our times of trouble.

  • Be encouraged since God’s name will be praised from now to eternity (v.1-3)
  • Be encouraged since no one is like our God (v.4-6)
  • Be encouraged since God reserves things (v.7-9)

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Why Study Psalms 113-118 Concerning the Last Week of Jesus’ Life?

 

Purpose: I am going to begin a daily blog series for this week as we head towards celebrating Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday to go over Psalm 113-118 in relations to the Last Week of Jesus’ Life and here are my three reasons.

  This is the most important week in world history.  Yes even more important than Creation Week in Genesis 1 and in fact that week is a Type anticipating the final week of Jesus’ last.  Jesus last week was God bringing about a New Creation in believers’ hearts, mind and Soul for salvation!

Yet why is studying Psalm 113-118 important for us in thinking about the last week of Jesus?  Here are the three reasons:

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It’s Good Friday 2019.  Over the years we have had posts on Christ’s death and also Messianic prophecies.

I thought I share some of those classic posts, some of which were very popular.

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What a long week last week has been for me!  It was busy both on our blog and offline with ministry in light of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday.  As readers will notice this past week we dealt with various attacks by skeptics concerning the final week of Jesus.

As a bit of a break this Sunday evening I read and reviewed a Christian children story that’s appropriate for this Resurrection Sunday which I imagine some of you would appreciate.

R.C. Sproul. The Donkey Who Carried a King.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, February 17th, 2012. 48 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have previously enjoyed the author’s Christian children’s book titled The Priest with Dirty Clothes.  Written by Christian theologian R.C. Sproul, I appreciated that this book was biblically solid and yet enjoyable for young ones.  My three little girls who are all pre-school age also enjoyed this book when I read it aloud to them.

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He is not here

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)

 

What a blessed Hope to know Jesus Christ is risen.  Everything we do for Him therefore is not in vain.

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Resurrection Sunday is almost over but our worship of our Resurrected Lord and Savior doesn’t end.

Had a good service today and reflected much on our Rock of Salvation.

I’ve been reflecting on this verse: “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” (John 19:34)

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Something about that imagery is so painful to picture.  He did all that for the sins of those who would trust in Him.

What a provision He has provided for us.

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Good Friday and Easter (Resurrection Sunday) is around the corner.  I think this would be appropriate.

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Here is a four part audio series titled “The Scriptural Road of Emmaus” which covers Messianic Types and Prophecies found in the Old Testament:

Road to Emmaus: Sin, why we need a Savior

Messianic Type: Sacrificing Beloved Only Son

Messianic Prophecy: Psalm 22

Messianic Prophecy: Isaiah 53

The title of the series is playing on the account of the two disciples walking with Jesus on the road to Emmaus recorded in Luke 24 in which Jesus gives a study on the Old Testament predicting the Messiah.

Note: The last one is bi-lingual, it is preached in English but has another language that it’s being interpreted into.

As I have said previously in this blog, I believe Presuppositional apologetics’ stress on being biblical in approaching apologetics is a good thing; and like other Presuppostionalists I would agree that the Christian apologist must be Biblical in one’s worldview, epistemology and philosophy of evidence, etc.  But I would also say that it’s important for the Presuppositionalists to know their Bibles well enough in particular with their Old Testament: so that they can marshal Messianic Prophecies!  Afterall, Old Testament Messianic prophecies are the evidences that God has given directly in His Word pointing to and predicting the Messiah’s life and ministry that Jesus Christ has fulfilled.  It would be ironic for the apologist who stress so much about being Biblical to end up being weak in the Evidences that God’s direct special revelation has given.  That of course is not to downplay the importance of being conscious of the philosophy of evidence and presuppositions when dialoguing since these are not neutral (Presuppositionalists’ point) nor does that mean we should not master the actual details of the facts of Jesus’ life and ministry (often, the traditional Evidentialist’s big focus).  But if we believe it’s the hearing of God’s Word that produces faith then we best master it to expose His Word to those whom we are evangelizing and giving a defense towards.

Plus there is something about incorporating and studying Messianic prophecies that makes one’s apologetics doxological since it’s centered on Christ!

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