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In Acts 2, Peter has been making an argument for establishing the identity of Jesus as both Lord and Messiah. His argument continues in Acts 2:33–35 where he quotes Psalm 110:1:
Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear. For it was not David who ascended into heaven, but he himself says: “THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, ‘SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET.’”
Guys and Gals, I’m sorry for the delay in offering this post, but it has taken me several days to really think through this passage. This is a tough one.
Peter’s use of Psalm 16:8–11 in Acts 2:25–28 offers the interpreter significant challenges. The passage reads:
I want to give an update on various writing and speaking projects I am involved with:
On occasion, the NT writers will appeal to the OT to summarize a general truth or principle that is found in multiple OT passages. The first example we will look at is Matt 2:23 which states:
and [Jesus] came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”
I'm taking a brief break from my NT use of the OT series. I thought I’d share some thoughts on what’s been taking place recently.
First, it’s Shepherds’ Conference week here at The Master’s Seminary and Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. I’ve had a great couple of days of fellowship. So many old friends to talk to and new ones as well. This truly is one of my favorite times of the year. The relationships are like a little slice of what life will be on the coming New Earth. Plus visiting the book tables of the many Christian publishers here isn’t too bad either.
Recently I finished leading a class of 5 students in a class called, “NT Use of the OT.” We read the works of Darrell Bock, Walter Kaiser, Peter Enns, Greg K. Beale, Robert Thomas, John Walton, Rynold Dean, Douglas Moo, and Charles Dyer. Over a period of 14 days we met to discuss the writings of these men. We learned a lot from these men and appreciate their hard work on this issue. Below are some conclusions that our class agreed upon:
With Matt 2:17-18 we come to another passage in Matthew’s gospel where an event in Israel’s history corresponds to an event in Jesus’ life. Matt 2:16 indicates that Herod was enraged and launched a massacre on all male children in Bethlehem. Matthew then links this occurrence with what Jeremiah discussed in Jer 31:15:
Then what had been spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
Matt 2:15 may be the most discussed and debated verse when it comes to the NT use of the OT debate. In fact, when I tell people I’m studying this topic I often hear something like, “So what’s your view of Matt 2:15 and its use of Hosea 11:1?” So let’s introduce this text and I’ll give you my thoughts.
Matthew 2:13–14 states that Mary and Joseph took Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod’s attempt to kill the child. Matt 2:15 then relates Jesus’ return from Egypt with Israel’s journey in the exodus from Egypt centuries earlier:
As I stated in an earlier entry, at times Matthew quoted the OT to show a divinely intended correspondence between Israel and Jesus. This happens most often in the early chapters of Matthew’s gospel. One of Matthew’s purposes, as he wrote to a primarily Jewish audience, was to show that Jesus was God’s greater Son and the corporate head of Israel. One of the ways to do this was to show that events in Israel’s history prefigured events in the life of Jesus. This happens three times in Matthew 1 and 2.