Prophet David and the Messiah (Al Masih)**

In our first of our two part study on Prophet David {Dawood in Arabic} we read what God testified concerning him: "I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do." (Injeel - Acts 13:22).  In addition we read how David became the King of Israel and was a just and compassionate king who sincerely cherished the Word of God.  In this second of two part study we will learn God's plan to redeem the children of Adam from their sins through the descendants of David, who is the Messiah {Al Masih in Arabic}

Before we begin to see how God accomplished this, we will study something about David which is not pleasant. David did something that was abominable in God's sight; he coveted his neighbor's wife, committed adultery with her, and then added sin to sin by attempting to cover it up. Some may ask, "Why is such an awful story found in the Holy Scriptures?" The Scripture answers this question when it says: "Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us!" (Injeel - Rom. 15:4) "These things…were written down as warnings for us…So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (Injeel - 1 Cor. 10:11,12) In the Holy Scriptures, God does not hide the sins of the prophets because God wants to teach us valuable lessons.  The Holy Scripture says:

(Prophets - 2 Sam. 11) 1In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king's men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem. 2One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba…the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 4Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her…then she went back home. 5The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant."

Next, the Scriptures describe how David tried to cover up his sin. When David heard that Bathsheba was pregnant, he sent word to Joab, the leader of his army, and ordered him to send to him Uriah, Bathsheba's husband. Now Uriah was a mighty man in the army of Israel. And so Joab sent Uriah to David.

(Prophets - 2 Sam. 11) 7When Uriah came to him, David asked him how Joab was, how the soldiers were and how the war was going. 8Then David said to Uriah, "Go down to your house and wash your feet." So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king was sent after him. 9But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master's servants and did not go down to his house. 10When David was told, "Uriah did not go home," he asked him, "Haven't you just come from a distance? Why didn't you go home?" 11Uriah said to David, "The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord's men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house to eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!"

12Then David said to him, "Stay here one more day, and tomorrow I will send you back." So Uriah remained in Jerusalem that day and the next… 14In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so that he will be struck down and die." 16So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. 18Joab sent David a full account of the battle […with the news:] 21"Your servant Uriah the Hittite is dead."

26When Uriah's wife heard that her husband was dead, she mourned for him. 27After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son. But the thing David had done displeased the Lord.

(Prophets - 2 Sam. 12) 1[Thus, one day] The Lord sent [a prophet by the name of] Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, "There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him."

5[When David heard this story, he] burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, "As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! 6He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity!" 7Then Nathan said to David, "You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8…I gave you the house of Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Amonites. 10Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.' 11This is what the Lord says: 'Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity upon you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will lie with your wives in broad daylight. 12You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel!'" 13Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord!" Nathan replied, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die." 15Nathan went home.

The Scriptures show us how David's sin produced great trouble and many tragedies within his family. But the Word of God also says: "Where sin increased, grace increased all the more." (Injeel - Rom. 5:20) Thus, for now we will see how God showed David His grace, and forgave him all his sins.

Why did God forgive David of his sins? Did you hear how David responded when Nathan said to David, "You are the man!"? God's prophet, Nathan, had great courage to say such a thing to the great King of Israel, who also was a prophet. How did David answer Nathan? Did he lock Nathan in prison or even have him executed, as many kings might have done? No, he did not do this. Did David try to justify his sins by saying, "God willed it!" or "God is good, perhaps He will erase my evil deeds because of my good deeds!"? Did David answer Nathan like that? No, David did not! Then how did David respond? David said, "I have sinned!" "I have sinned against the Lord!"

To better understand how David confessed his sin before God, we need to read what David wrote in the Psalms after the prophet Nathan rebuked him for his sin with Bathsheba. In Psalm fifty-one, David said:

(Zabur - Psa. 51) 1Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. 2Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. 3For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. 4Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. 5Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. 6Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. 7Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 10Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. 17The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise!

This is how David repented. David mourned greatly because of his sin. He had a broken and crushed heart before God. David was not like those who have religion, but continue in sin every day. Truly, David had fallen into the pit of sin, but he could not live in it, because David loved God, and knew that "God is light; in him there is no darkness at all." (Injeel - 1 John 1:5).   So then, after David repented, what did God say to him through the mouth of the prophet Nathan? Did God tell him, "Go and do some good works and I will erase your sins!"? No, God did not say that! Nathan simply said to him, "The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die!"

After this, David wrote in the Psalms, describing the blessedness of the man whom God has forgiven, apart from his own works. He said: "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit!" (Zabur - Psa. 32:1,2; Injeel - Rom. 4:7,8) Yes, God forgave David and judged him as righteous! That does not mean that God removed the tragedies that David's sin produced during his earthly life. What it means is that, in the Day of Judgment, God would not remember David's sins. He had erased them all from His book!

How could God do that? How could God forgive all the sins of David and yet remain a righteous judge? Could God simply forget, just like that, all the evil which David had done? No! God is a righteous judge, and He cannot merely close His eyes to the sins of the children of Adam. Well then, how could God forgive David, and still maintain His righteousness?

Do you remember what David prayed to God after he recognized his sin? He prayed, "Wash away all my iniquity…Cleanse me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow!" (Zabur - Psa. 51:2,7) God had commanded the Israelites to use the branch of the hyssop plant for sprinkling the blood of the sacrifices. The sprinkled blood illustrated the great sacrifice of the coming Redeemer who would willingly die, shedding His blood as a payment for sins.

God could forgive David his sins because David had repented (turned from sin to God) and believed in God's power to cleanse him by the work of the coming Redeemer. David might have offered to God a prayer something like this: "Oh God, I am grieved over my sin and ask you to forgive me! I know that you can forgive me of my sins, because one day you will send the Redeemer, who has no sin, and He Himself will endure for me the punishment for my sin once and forever. Therefore Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner! Wash me in the blood of the holy Redeemer, and I shall be completely pure!"

Did God, in His grace, forgive David all his sins? Did God cleanse David's heart and judge him as righteous? Yes, He did! On what basis did God do this? God forgave David because he confessed his sinful condition before God, and believed what God had promised concerning the Redeemer, who would come and bear the punishment for sin. The faith he had in the promises of God is the reason David could rejoice, and write in the Psalms: "Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered! Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit!" (Zabur - Psa. 32:1,2)

Now we will take a deeper look at the Word of God in this amazing book of Psalms  which contains one hundred and fifty chapters or hymns. Over a period of hundreds of years, God inspired  several prophets to write the Psalms, including Moses, Solomon, Asaph and the sons of Korah. However, David wrote more of the Psalms than any other prophet. The first hymn shows us the two categories of people that are in the world: Those who walk in the way of righteousness, and those who walk in the way of unrighteousness. In the first Psalm, it is written:

(Zabur - Psa. 1) 1Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 2But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish!

We read here the way of those who are blessed and the way of those who are perishing. Everyone wants to be blessed. No one wants to perish. God wants everyone to be blessed. But you must come by the way of blessing which God has ordained. What is that way of blessing? This first hymn of the Psalms summarizes it in two thoughts. First: Do not follow in the way of those who mock the Word of God. Second: Meditate upon God's Word with the goal of understanding, believing and receiving the way of salvation that God has established.

If you believe and follow God's way of righteousness, the Scripture says that you will be "like a tree planted by streams of water"; your life will be established in God Himself, yielding "fruit in season" such as love, joy and peace. However, if you do not follow God's way of righteousness, you will perish like "like chaff that the wind blows away."

Now let us move into the second hymn in the Psalms. In this chapter, God inspired David to write about the Redeemer who was to come into the world. Let us read carefully the message that God has spoken to us through the pen of His prophet, David. The Scripture says:

(Zabur Psa. 2) 1Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One (Messiah). 3"Let us break their chains," they say, "and throw off their fetters." 4The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6"I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill." 7I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. 9You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." 10Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Do you understand what the Lord God has declared in the second chapter of the Psalms? It is extremely important! In this hymn, God makes known three wonderful names of the Redeemer who would come into the world to bring salvation to the children of Adam. Did you read the three names? They are: The Messiah, the King, and the Son. Let us think a little about these three names by which God refers to the Savior of the world.

1.) First, we see that God calls the Redeemer "the Messiah." Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning the One whom God has selected {Lit. the Anointed One}. With the name Messiah, God was announcing to the children of Adam that everyone must believe and accept the Redeemer who was to come into the world, because He is the One whom God Himself has selected as the Savior and Judge of the world. However, in the first three verses of this hymn, God predicted that most of the children of Adam would reject the Messiah whom God was going to send into the world. Let us read those verses again.

"Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One (Messiah). 'Let us break their chains,' they say, 'and throw off their fetters!'" (Zabur - Psa. 2:1-3)

Why would the people of the world refuse to accept the Messiah whom God sent? They would reject the Messiah because He would be a holy person, unstained by sin, and the Scripture tells us that "everyone who does evil hates the light and will not come into it because they fear that their deeds will be exposed." (Injeel - John 3:20) Thus, God was predicting in these verses how the Jews and the nations of the world would work together to try to destroy the holy Man whom God had selected as the Savior and Judge of the world. But God knew everything which wicked men would attempt to do. God planned to use the evil plans of men to accomplish His righteous plan to redeem sinners. That is why we read: "The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them!" (Zabur - Psa. 2:4) Thus, the first name that God gave to the Redeemer in this chapter is the Messiah. You might be interested to know that the Hebrew word Messiah is the same as the Greek word Christ. Both mean "the One whom God has selected."

2.) The second name is "the King." The Messiah is also the King. Through that name, God wants everyone to know that the Messiah will, in the end, be the Judge and Ruler of the world even though most people would reject Him. On the great Day of Judgment, everyone will kneel before Him, because He is the One whom God has selected to be the King of kings, the Lord of lords. Consequently, the Messiah will be either your Savior or your Judge-because, like it or not, He is the King whom God has selected to reign forever!

3.) Third, we heard in this chapter another name which God gives the Messiah. It is a name we must consider very carefully. It is "the Son." Before we explain what this name means, perhaps we should remember that everything that David wrote in the Psalms, he wrote with the wisdom and inspiration that God imparted to him. Also, we must remember that in the Writings of the Prophets there are sometimes things which are difficult to understand, but that does not prevent them from being true! God warns us in His Word saying: "[The Scriptures] contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort…to their own destruction!" (Injeel - 2 Pet. 3:16) Ignorance is a terrible thing, especially when it concerns the Messiah whom God has selected to deliver the children of Adam from eternal destruction!  Let us keep that thought in mind as we think about the third name which God Himself has given to the Messiah.

Now back to Psalm two. In verse seven we read that the Messiah says, "I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father." (Injeel - Psa. 2:7) Did you hear what the Lord says to the Messiah? He said, "You are my Son…I have become your Father." Do you know why God called the Messiah His Son? Do you know what this name means? We hope that all of you know what the name does not mean. It does not mean that God took a wife to have a child by her! Never! Such a thought is blasphemy! God is spirit and He does not beget a son as man begets one.

So then, why did God say to the Messiah, "You are my Son!"? We can thank God, because the Lord God Himself has told us why.

First, you must know that God called the Messiah His Son, because the Messiah came from above; from heaven. Everyone who believes the Writings of the Prophets, knows that the Messiah did not come from a man, but from the presence of God. As you know, the Messiah did not have an earthly father. Concerning His earthly existence, He came through the descendants of David, because the Messiah was born of a virgin woman who was a relative of king David. But on His Father's side, the Messiah came forth uniquely from the Spirit of God. That is why God could say to Him, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father!"

Second, God called the Messiah His Son because the Scripture says that God and the Messiah share the same holy character. Like father, like son. The promised Redeemer had to be pure and holy just as God is pure and holy. We cannot go far with this now, but when we come to the Gospel record {Injeel}, we will see that the Messiah was not like the sons of Adam who are stained with sin! As we have seen, even the greatest of the prophets committed sin. However, the Messiah never sinned. He always did the will of God. It was necessary that the Messiah be without sin since He came into the world to save sinners from their sin! Can those with great debts pay the debts of others? No, they cannot! The Messiah had no debt of sin. The Scripture calls Him the "one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens." (Injeel - Heb. 7:26) Yes, the Redeemer was holy, just as God who sent Him is holy! That is why God was not ashamed to call him His Son.

Third, you should know that God called the Messiah His Son to distinguish Him from all the other prophets. We have already seen how Abraham was called "the friend of God." The prophet Moses was called "the man of God." Of David, God said, "I have found a man after my own heart." But to which prophet did God say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? That could only be said to the Messiah, because the Messiah is the only one who came from above, who was born of a virgin, and was unstained by sin.

Do you know the Messiah, the King whom God calls His Son? God wants everyone to know Him, listen to Him, believe in Him and receive Him. That is why the prophet David finished this chapter with these words:

"Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him!" (Zabur - Psa. 2:10-12)

To learn more about this Messiah, we study another hymn that God put into the mind of David: chapter twenty-two. This chapter is very important, because it predicts how the Messiah would die in agonizing pain to pay the debt of sin for all the children of Adam. In this chapter, David, who preceded the Messiah's coming by one thousand years, prophesied some thirty events which would take place on the day that the Messiah was to die. When we read the Gospel {Injeel} which contains the story of the Messiah, we will see that everything took place exactly as God's prophet, David, had predicted. Thus, we can be certain that this hymn did not come from the mind of man, but from the mind of God. Only God can predict the future with such precise accuracy.

Now let us read what the prophet David wrote in the twenty-second Psalm. In this chapter, David wrote the thoughts which would be in the mind of the Messiah on the day He would shed his blood as a payment for sin. He said:

(Zabur - Psa. 22) 1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? 3Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel. 6But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by men and despised by the people. 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet!

Let us pause here briefly. Did you grasp what the prophet David wrote about the Messiah? One thousand years before the Messiah came into the world, David writes: "A band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet!" With these words David predicted how the sons of Adam would pierce the hands and feet of the Messiah by nailing Him to a cross. Why did the prophet David write in the Psalms that evil men would pierce the Messiah's hands and feet? Why should the Messiah die such a painful death? Why would God allow men to murder the holy Redeemer whom He sent?

The Word of God gives us the answer. It was necessary for the Redeemer to suffer excruciating pain and die such a horrible death, so that He might take our place and bear for us the punishment of God. Since the payment of sin is death and eternal condemnation in hell, it was necessary that the Messiah taste the torments of hell which we deserve because of our sin. God, in His grace, planned to send the Redeemer who was unstained by sin, so that He might, of His own free will, "taste death for everyone." (Injeel - Heb. 2:9) This is how God could open for the children of Adam a way of forgiveness from sin and a door to eternal life, without compromising His justice! The Messiah would pay the penalty for our sins. The death of the righteous Messiah is the reason that God, the Righteous One, can judge as righteous everyone who believes in Him.

What the prophet David wrote concerning the Messiah's death is truly amazing. Think of it! One thousand years before the Messiah's birth, David wrote in detail how the Messiah would suffer upon the cross to which He would be nailed. Perhaps what we need to understand and remember is this: The Romans are the ones who devised nailing a person to a cross-that painful death called crucifixion. Yet when David wrote about it in the Psalms, the nation of Rome did not yet exist and nobody knew about putting a person to death in this way, that is, by crucifixion; by nailing him to a cross. However, God put the message of the Messiah's death on a cross in the mind of David, and inspired him to write it in the Psalms, so that we might know for sure that the Messiah's death upon the cross was God's plan to save us from the penalty of our sin.

The truth which this chapter contains is perfectly clear, and we should pay attention to it. However, everyone does not accept this message from God. To this day, some contradict what God's prophet, David, wrote in the Psalms concerning the Messiah's death on the cross. They say, "God would not allow the Messiah to die such a shameful and painful death!" Others say that some one else was made in his likeness and put to death.   But those who say this are ignorant of the Scriptures of the Prophets and of God's plan to save sinners. Dear friends, be careful not to ignore God's way of salvation! God's Word says, "How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?" (Injeel - Heb. 2:3) "The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!" (Injeel - 1 Cor. 1:18)

Now let us look farther at what the Psalms say concerning the circumstances of the Messiah's death on a cross. We read how the Messiah says:

(Zabur - Psa. 22) 1My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? 7All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads: 8"He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him." 14I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me. 15My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet. 17I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. 18They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing.

With these words, David was predicting that after men nailed the Messiah to the cross, they would insult Him, mock Him, stare at Him and divide his garments between them and cast lots for his clothes. This is exactly what happened one thousand years after David wrote it. Read what is written in the Gospel {Injeel} concerning the death of the Messiah. The Scripture says:

"When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.…Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, '…Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him. "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself! He's the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God!'" (Injeel - Matt. 27:35,36,39,40)

Thus the Gospels record how the words of God's prophet, David, were fulfilled.

We also read today that David predicted that the Messiah would thirst and suffer greatly in His body and in the depths of His soul and spirit. That is why the Messiah cries out in the first verse saying, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" When we study the Gospel, we will see that everything happened exactly as David predicted in this Psalm. Why did the Messiah cry out on the cross, saying, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Because God is "the Holy One" (Zabur - Psa 22:3), and cannot tolerate sin. God Himself had to turn His back on the Messiah who was nailed to the cross, and separate Himself from Him, because God laid on Him the punishment for all our sins. That is why the Scriptures say: "God made [the Messiah] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God!" (Injeel - 2 Cor. 5:21)

God be praised, there is something else that the prophet David predicted in the Psalms--some very good news! In the sixteenth chapter, David writes of the Messiah, saying: "You, God, you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life." (Zabur - Psa. 16:10,11) In this way David predicted how God planned to raise the Messiah from the grave, so that whoever believes in Him, might live with Him in the holy presence of God forever! Thus, the Gospel {Injeel} declares: "[The Messiah] died for our sins according to the Scriptures…He was buried, [and] He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures!" (Injeel - 1 Cor. 15:3,4)

David also predicted that after the Messiah rose from the dead, God would take Him up to heaven, and tell Him to sit at His right hand, until He returns to judge the people of the earth. That is what David wrote in the Psalms, chapter one hundred and ten, when he says: "The Lord says to my Lord: 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.'" (Zabur - Psa. 110:1).  In the end of chapter twenty-two, David writes:

(Zabur - Psa. 22) 27All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him… 30Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. 31They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, for He has done it!

This Psalm concludes with these words: "He has done it!" What would the Messiah do? He would die in the place of all sinners! He would fulfill all that God had promised Adam and Eve concerning the Redeemer who would save them and their descendants from the penalty of their sin. The Messiah would die as the final sacrifice. Through His death on the cross, the Messiah would fulfill and abolish the symbolic animal sacrifices which God required from sinners in earlier times. Like the ram that died in the place of Abraham's son, the Redeemer would die in the place of sinners as the final and perfect Sacrifice--for all--forever! This is God's Good News to the world: The Messiah died in your place! Believe in Him and you will be saved from God's judgment! The way of salvation is wide open to all who believe it. That is why, just before the Messiah died, He cried out, "It is finished!" (Injeel - John 19:30) "He has done it!" (Zabur - Psa. 22:31) And God confirmed the Messiah's perfect sacrifice by raising Him from the dead on the third day! We will see all this in detail when we study the book of the Gospel {Injeel}.

Meanwhile, may we remember this: One thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ {Isa Al Masih in Arabic}, the prophet David predicted that sinners would pierce the Messiah's hands and feet! And let us not forget the reason for the Messiah's painful death. He died for you and for me, and for all sinners, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life! The Messiah allowed wicked men to pierce His hands and His feet because of His desire to do the will of God--and because of His great love for you and me! Read what Jesus the Messiah says in the Gospel {Injeel}:

"I lay down my life-only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father [in heaven]." (Injeel - John 10:17,18)

Friends, are you thanking and praising God for sending the Messiah to save you from your sins? The Holy Scripture says: "[Jesus, the Messiah] suffered for you! He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.…He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification…so that everyone who believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life!" (Injeel - 1 Pet. 2:21,24; Rom. 4:25; John 3:16)

May God make clear to you everything we have studied about the Messiah and what Prophet David has said of him.  God bless you as you ponder why God inspired the prophet David to write:

"They have pierced my hands and my feet!” &  "…. you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay   (Zabur - Psa. 22:16, 16:10)


 ** This concludes our second part of two part study of Prophet David from the Holy Scriptures.   This teaching from the Scriptures is a compilation of Lessons 49, 50 and 51 from “The Way of Righteousness” by Paul Bramsen.    Posted here by permission of copyright holder – Paul Bramsen.