Psalm 110 – Seeing Jesus In The Old

by | Jul 2, 2020


The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back: “You are a priest forever according to the pattern of Melchizedek.” (Psalms 110:4)

Psalm 110 is the most frequently cited psalm in the New Testament (Matt. 22:44; Acts 2:34-35; 1 Cor. 15:25; Eph. 1:20; Col. 3:1; Heb. 1:3, 7:17, 21; 1Pet. 3:22). The Apostle Paul and Peter, and the writer of the book of Hebrews, all treasured this psalm. The psalm was living and active as they saw its fulfillment in Jesus of Nazareth. In a conversation with spiritually blinded Pharisees, Jesus quoted this psalm to explain that the Messiah was not only a mere man, but the God-Man (Matt. 22:44; Lk. 20:42; Jn. 1:14).

With that in mind, when you read the Psalms, or books like Genesis, Leviticus, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, do you look for traces of our Messiah? If not, you’re missing out! The Bible, the Holy Scriptures are a wonder to behold. It’s really alive! And yet, when we read the Old Testament it can feel old and boring. It seems detached from the new stuff, the good news, the gospel. But this is ridiculously far from the truth. The Old Testament, the ancient Scriptures calls out for the gospel (Gen. 3:15).

So if you’re currently reading a book in the Old Testament or regularly journeying through the Psalms with us, always be on the look out for Jesus. As his disciples, we can learn so much about Jesus from the “older” Scriptures. In fact, the more we know the old—the more colorful and relevant the “newer” Scriptures become. Study and treasure the psalms such as Psalm 110, and see how it’s pointing us and teaching us about Jesus. Jesus told said this to his disciples, “Everything written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk. 24:44-45). Ask and be ready for Jesus to continue doing this for you today.

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