Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Psalm 121

I look up to the mountains --
does my help come from there?
My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!

He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.

The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.

The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem

Notes: Beyond old Israel and Jerusalem this psalm promises divine help for the people of God. What was true in days gone by is even more true now that the true Israel has come and is in the process of gathering his people to himself. He is the great shepherd of the sheep and he will deliver them from all trouble.


Conny said...

How do you prove that Jesus is the true Israel from the Bible?

Anonymous said...

Hello Conny,
I was just enjoying kirks pictures, Psalms and thoughts and read your comment. I've never responded before. Isaiah in the Old Testament chapter 52:13-53 speak of a suffering servant who will suffer on behalf of His people (Israel) and then in the New Testament in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John its speaks of this prophecy coming true in Christ. The whole Old Testament points to this and it is fullfilled in the New. I hope this helps.

Conny said...

Okay, thanks Anonymous. I wasn't sure how the reasoning went. It seems you're saying that any predictions from the Old Testament that get fulfilled by Jesus somehow show that Jesus is the true Israel. I still don't get how the Bible teaches that Jesus is the fulfillment of Israel itself. It just sounded like the blog person was saying that. I get how maybe Israel from back then was fulfilled by the church, God's people nowadays (whether Israeli or not), but wondered about any direct fulfillment of Israel by Jesus.

Kirk Wellum said...

Hi Conny, sorry to take so long to get back to you. Jesus is the fulfilment of Israel in that he is everything Israel was supposed to be and for more. For example, he is God's obedient first-born Son. He is the true Servant of the Lord. He is the light to the Gentiles.

Israel as a nation failed to live up to their privileges as the nation God selected out of all the nations of the earth to further his redemptive purposes. But in the fullness of time Jesus came and he perfectly obeyed the Father's will and died in the place of his people so that they might God's sons and daughters forever. Thus Jesus redefines who and what an 'Israelite' is in the salvific purpose of God. It is a theme that runs through the Bible from beginning to end.

I hope this helps.