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Psalm 72 – Foretelling of Christ
Posted: 4 June 2010 in Scripture

“In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth…… Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper…… His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.”

It is easy to read psalm 72 as a prophesy of Christ’s kingdom, and even easier to read Isaiah 53 in the same way. Conservatives, of course, would have no problem with that idea. Liberals, on the other hand, would probably dismiss it as a pre-critical idea, and insist that the writer or poet had contemporary events in mind when he wrote. However, if it is remembered that every book of the Bible has two authors, human and divine, there is no necessary conflict between those two positions. The human author may, and probably was, motivated to write in response to events around him, but the divine author could additionally have in mind an event which still lay several centuries into the future. If both Testaments of the Bible are understood to have been inspired by one and the same God, it should come as no particular surprise if the Old Testament contains intimations of the New Testament.

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