Shortly before His ascension, Jesus explained the messianic content of the Psalms to His disciples. This opened their understanding, enabling them to comprehend the Scriptures. By implication, this means that if we are not aware of the way the Psalter testifies of the Messiah, our understanding of the Scriptures, and even of Jesus, is incomplete.
The Book of Psalms is quoted, alluded to, or paraphrased over 200 times in the New Testament. In the first Pentecostal declaration of the gospel, Peter quoted from the Psalms to point out that Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection were foretold by David. Peter’s message on the Day of Pentecost consists of twenty-six verses, twelve of which are direct quotations from the Book of Psalms or explanations of those quotations.
In The Messiah in the Psalms
, Daniel Segraves explores the messianic content of the first seventy-two psalms, which comprise books one and two within the Psalter. He explains the vital role of the first two psalms as an introduction to the entire book, the important function of the superscriptions, and the significance of the psalms Jesus included in His prayers. The Messiah in the Psalms
will open your eyes to the Christology of the Book of Psalms, a Christology so thorough that it foretells the Messiah’s birth, life, sufferings, resurrection, ascension, and Second Coming. In addition, the Psalter anticipates Christ’s ascension gifts to the church and His continuing presence in the worshipping community.
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