ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—DAY 17
Psalm 110:1-4 The LORD said to my lord,
“Sit here at my right side until I put your enemies under your feet.”
From Zion the LORD will extend your royal power.
“Rule over your enemies,” He says.
On the day you fight your enemies, your people will volunteer.
Like the dew of early morning
your young men will come to you on the sacred hills.
The LORD made a solemn promise and will not take it back.
“You will be a priest forever in the priestly order of Melchizedek.”
In the New Testament the entire book of Hebrews is essentially an extended sermon on this strange psalm. The last line is the key. In Genesis 14 Abraham is returning from a battle when he encounters this priest Melchizedek (“King of Righteousness” in Hebrew), who is king of Salem (“peace” in Hebrew and maybe the same place as Jerusalem). To this priest-king, Abraham renders 10% of the spoils of the battle (a tithe). Although Psalm 110, a “psalm of David”, was probably written with either David or Solomon in mind, once the monarchy disappeared, it became a psalm of Messianic expectation. In some important ways, Jesus did not meet these expectations, since He did not make war on the Romans, nor did He institute an earthly rule. If God put Jesus’s enemies under his feet, the cross was a curious way to do it.
Prayer: Dear God, I do acknowledge Jesus as King of righteousness, Ruler of the city of Peace, and Priest after the order of Melchizedek. I am grateful that He chose not to conquer in war, and the only blood he allowed to be shed in vanquishing his enemies was his own. Yes, I will volunteer to serve under Him. Thank you that Jesus has sit down at your side, and that we all await with Him in expectation of Your promise working itself out fully for Him and in Him. Amen.