2 Kings 1, 2 Thessalonians 1, Daniel 5, Psalm 110-111

Psalm 110
"But he himself will be refreshed from the brooks along the way.  He will be victorious."  Psalm 110:7 (NLT)  

The last sentence of Psalm 110 in the New Living Translation is an excellent summary of today's reading.  

In 2 Kings 1, an earthly king, Ahaziah, rejects the word of the LORD and inquires about his future from Baal-zebub.  The LORD knows his foolishness and sends Elijah to denounce the decision.  There is a God in Israel whose word is sure.  As proof, when Ahaziah sends soldiers to capture Elijah, the LORD sends fire from heaven to protect His messenger and destroy his would-be captors.  

2 Thessalonians 1 describes a similar situation when the Lord Jesus returns with His mighty angels in flaming fire.  He will judge, bringing a punishment of eternal destruction to those who have caused His saints to suffer.  

Daniel 5 displays the LORD as an all-knowing judge.  Belshazzar, another earthly king, foolishly rejected his father's experience with the Most High and lifted himself up against the Lord of heaven.  The LORD God, who Belshazzar mocked by using the utensils from His temple to worship other gods, displayed his power.  When the hand of God wrote on the wall, he was so frightened, his face was ashen, his mind screamed with fear, his knees buckled and his legs could not support him.  Daniel provided the interpretation of God's judgment against Belshazzar:  your days and kingdom have been brought to an end; you have been weighed on God's scales and found wanting, and your kingdom will be given to the Medes and Persians.  He died that night.

Psalm 110 describes the One who will shatter kings and execute judgment among the nations in verses five and six as both King and Priest.  This King/Priest is seated at the right hand of YHWH until all His enemies are under His authority and control.  He is King because the LORD gave Him the scepter to rule.  Psalm 2 is a vivid description of His rule and authority.  He is Priest because the LORD declared Him to be a priest of the order of Melchizedek with both an oath and vow.  

 Psalm 110 is the most frequently referenced OT text in the entire NT.  Jesus used verse one to identify Himself in Matthew 22:44-46 and Mark 12:35-37.  Many of the thoughts developed in Hebrews are expositions of this psalm (Hebrews 1:13, 8:1, 5:6, 10, 6:20, 7:1-25, 12:2).  Jesus' last description of Himself in Revelation 22:16 refers to this Psalm.  "I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star."  In this verse, Jesus answers the question He asks in Matthew 22 and Mark 12 concerning the Messiah's relationship to David.   

Daniel 5:17 (NLT) provides the closing comment for our consideration of this eternal, all-knowing God who rules and reigns with all authority.  Daniel describes him as "The God who gives you the breath of life and controls your destiny!"  Yes, "He will be victorious!"  

LORD GOD Most High, You have chosen to reveal Your majesty, power, wisdom, and authority throughout the history of Your creation.  Thank You for the eyes to see the truth of who You are and what You deserve from me.  Thank You for both my physical and eternal life.  I want to be one of those dressed in holy garments who willingly serves You, now and for all eternity.   

Comment