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Proof positive | Acts 2:25-33

25 For David says of Him,

‘I saw the Lord continually before me,
Because He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue was overjoyed;
Moreover my flesh also will live in hope;
27 For You will not abandon my soul to Hades,
Nor will You [ab]allow Your [ac]Holy One to [ad]undergo decay.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of gladness with Your presence.’

29 “[ae]Brothers, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is [af]with us to this day. 30 So because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one [ag]of his descendants on his throne, 31 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the [ah]Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh [ai]suffer decay.

32 It is this Jesus whom God raised up, [aj]a fact to which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore, [ak]since He has been exalted [al]at the right hand of God, and has received the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you both see and hear. 

Acts 2:25-33 (NASB) 中文

This Jesus

In the previous passage, Peter preaches a convicting message about who Jesus is. These Jews had recently crucified Him by the hands of the Romans. This same Jesus rose from the dead. In today’s verses he quotes OT prophecy to prove his case as well as offers personal testimony. And it is this Jesus who received the Holy Spirit and sent Him. They are seeing the results.

Proof positive

Peter turns to Psalm 16:8-11, a Psalm of David, to prove the resurrection from the OT. “Psalm 16 is perhaps the clearest prediction of Messiah’s resurrection in the Old Testament. As earlier (1:20), Peter saw that Messiah’s (Jesus’) experiences fulfilled David’s words.” (planobiblechapel.org

He spells out how King David, in his role as prophet (in addition to King), tells of his personal joy and expectations yet at the same time, prophecies about the coming Messiah. Peter then puts forth that he and the other apostles are personal witnesses of this fulfilled prophecy, this resurrection of Jesus.

Explanation

Then Peter pulls together teachings of Jesus’ ministry – like John 14:15-17, 26 where He prophesied the Spirit would be sent by the Father through Him. He testifies that what they are seeing is that prophecy being fulfilled in front of their very eyes. I can just imagine all these teachings Peter thought were strange when Jesus shared them are now flooding his mind.

RЯeflection

  • The Bible is full of prophecy. A good portion of them, likely at least half, have been fulfilled (or partially fulfilled); the rest have yet to come. Fulfilled prophecy can bolster our confidence in the reliability of God’s Word and give us expectation and hope for the future.
  • Let’s be clear. Interpretation of OT prophecy is a tricky “trade”. The only proper interpretation comes from the Bible itself, as in this case. Anything else is conjecture that borders on sinful presumption.
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