Saturday, November 26, 2011

Back Next Week!

I will be travelling over the next week.  I plan to be back up and sharing as usual around the 3rd of December.  Here is another post from 2009 until then!  Blessings

Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest ,and King--Psalm 24

Psalm 22 describes Christ's prophetic and sacrificial ministry, and Psalm 23 gives us a glimpse of His priestly ministry. Psalm 24 is the Psalm of the Great King. Notice the three in that specific order each showing the three-fold ministry of Jesus. As mentioned, this is a future ministry of Jesus. As the only God/Man, his earthly ministry would follow that pattern of progression. What a triumphant message. "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein." Psalm 24:1 Jesus will come someday soon and claim the earth as His very own. And why not, He has shed His own blood to redeem it. This fabulous Psalm speaks for itself as far as Messiah's return. You can almost hear the excitement as the Psalmist focuses on the triumphal procession through the Eastern Gate. " Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." Psalm 24:7-10 Notice the Lord has just came from battle. Also notice His name--The LORD of Hosts. There is no doubt as to who alone fits this description. Jesus Christ--The Son of Man/The Son of God.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jesus Our Priest

Due to traveling and other responsibilities, I have not had time to get to the blog lately.  I will be out of state through next weekend, December 3rd.  Here is an article I thought that I would share on Jesus our Priest from 2009.  Blessings!  Remember, give God praise and thanks during the holiday!

Jesus Christ: Prophet, Priest ,and King--Psalm 23

The word shepherd is used many ways in scripture. Shepherds are those who care for sheep of course, and this is the poetic symbolism that David is trying to get us to understand--God shepherds His children. However, the word shepherd can also be used of a priest or king. In similar poetic fashion Ezekiel in chapter 34 points to a portion of Israel's downfall as due to a lack of adequate ministerial care that was to be given by the priests. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Ezekiel 34:6 Ezekiel then predicts that "David" shall shepherd His people. Ezekiel 34:23 says, "And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd." Jesus Christ , the Son of David, fulfills this position. So what is Jesus doing today? It is evident in the Bible that He is serving as our only priest and that He is shepherding His people through the power of the Holy Spirit. "Who is the that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."Romans 8:34

It is important to see that the shepherding ministry of Jesus is always linked to his death. It is seen as a subsequent event. We now have a High Priest at the Father's right hand who makes intercession for us!
Notice, then, the placement of Psalm 23. It comes immediately after psalm 22 that outlines the sacrificial death of God's great prophet. Psalm 23 is the Psalm outlining the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ. Why then should I fear at all seeing I have such a great High Priest shepherding me daily. YHWH Rohi! The LORD is my shepherd! He is my great High Priest!