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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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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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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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This last year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Passion Week 2020 I have responded to forty alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order with additions added after last Resurrection Sunday labeled “NEW” in red:

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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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This last year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Palm Sunday 2019 I have responded to 30 alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order with additions added after last Resurrection Sunday labeled “NEW” in red:

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This year I tried to put out more posts resolving Bible contradictions concerning the final week of Christ through His Ascension to add to the list I put out last year.  It takes some time on my part to go through them to provide exegetically sound refutations; Lord willing I will add more to this lists next year.  See my post I wrote on why refuting Bible Contradictions Takes Time.  As of Resurrection Sunday 2018 I have responded to 22 alleged Bible contradictions that took place during the final week of Jesus’ life up to His Ascension.  These posts are arranged below roughly in chronological order with additions added after last Easter labeled “NEW” in red:

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Last month Shepherd’s Conference released the audios from this incredible conference.  In light of Good Friday and also our series of posts this week concerning apologetics and the last week of Jesus I thought I share the audios from that conference pertaining to Messianic prophecies.

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We continue our week’s series on skeptics’ attack on the details of the final week of Jesus.  If you have benefited from these posts drop us a comment to let us know!

For today’s post will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Was Jesus taken to Caiaphas or Annas first?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Caiaphas

Those who had seized Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were gathered together. ” (Matthew 26:57)

They led Jesus away to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes *gathered together. ” (Mark 14:53)

Having arrested Him, they led Him away and brought Him to the house of the high priest; but Peter was following at a distance.” (Luke 22:54)

Annas

and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. ” (John 18:13)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday is coming soon.  Stay tune next week as Lord willing we tackle more of these alleged Bible contradictions.  For other posts dealing with Bible contradictions see our Collection of Posts Responding to Bible Contradictions.

Today’s post will tackle another question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Did both thieves revile Jesus?”

Here are two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Both thieves reviled Jesus

Let this Christ, the King of Israel, now come down from the cross, so that we may see and believe!” Those who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him. (Mark 15:32)

The robbers who had been crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words. (Matthew 27:44)

Only one thief reviled Jesus

One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!” 40 But the other answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” (Luke 23:39-42)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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Heaven

Smith, Colin S. Heaven, How I Got Here: The Story of the Thief on the Cross. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus,     2015.

This book which is 95 pages is packed with ancient Gospel truth, but done in a fresh imaginative and dramatic writing style that does not compromise the veracity and integrity of the Gospel.  The author skillfully brings together sound doctrine, powerful theological accounts of the cross, and  historical accuracy concerning the drama of this account concerning the thief and Jesus Christ.  Here imagination is used properly for the glory of God.

The book covers different scenes that are categorized this way: breakfast, hatred, faith, hope, love, darkness, agony, triumph, and safety.  The main protagonist is the thief at the cross.  His thoughts, feelings, and volition gushes forth from this book.  The account of the thief’s thoughts although imaginative, except for his few words as recorded in Scripture, are sound words that echo Gospel centered truths of how a sinner maybe saved.  I have never witnessed a book that has approach the thief’s account in this manner.

Besides the profound imaginative features, what I found refreshing are some of the precise and deep-seated truths of the Gospel that emphasize the grace of God, the holiness of God, the justice of God, the sinfulness of man, and the intense reminder that the gates of Hell and Heaven are only inches away from us.  I don’t want to give out too much details about this book.  I recommend buying it and reading it.  It is a great book for an unbeliever who needs the Gospel and for believers who need a profound and refresh way of explaining the Gospel to sinners who are in danger of judgment and in desperate need of forgiveness.

Thief at the cross, “I endured the pains of crucifixion, but I did not experience the agonies of hell.  Jesus endured them for me, so that I would never know what they are like.  The more I think about this, the more staggering it gets” (71).

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher Christian Focus Publications through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my honest opinion. The thoughts and words are my own and I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review.

Purchase bookCFP or Amazon

 

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