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The Best Commentary On The Bible Is The Bible Itself
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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, September 27, 2010

**In This Issue**

  1. Most Often Quoted Psalm
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?
     

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Most Often Quoted Psalm

So the Question of the Day is: “What Old Testament book is most often quoted in the New Testament?”   The answer is: The Book of Psalms.  It is quoted in the New Testament more than any other book in Old Testament.  Jesus said that the psalms spoke about Him (Luke 24:44).  The Psalms constitute irrefutable testimony to the Divine inspiration of the Scriptures.

Of the 150 psalms in the Bible, 16 of them are Messianic psalms, which include Psalm 2, 8, 16, 22, 23, 24, 40, 41, 45, 68, 69, 87, 89, 102, 110, and 118.  Next to Psalm 22, Psalm 69 is the most quoted psalm in the New Testament.  Psalm 22 deals with the death of Christ, Psalm 69 deals with the life of Christ.

Psalm 69 is quoted in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and also in Acts and Romans.  There are also many other references to Psalm 69 beyond those actual quotations.  Psalm 69 tells us about the silent years of Christ Jesus’ childhood and His life as a young man.  The Gospels tell us practically nothing of His life in these areas.  Luke does tell us about an incident in the life of our Lord when He was twelve years old, but we learn nothing else about Him until He was about thirty years old.  This psalm, with some digging and study, appears to fill in some of the details of His early years.

Beginning up north at Nazareth, we hear the heart sob of a small boy, a teenager, a young man. This is a psalm of His early humiliation and rejection:

I am become a stranger to my brethren, and an alien to my mother's children. Psalm 69:8  KJV ER

Mary had other children, which confirms the record in the Gospels (Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3). He became an alien to His mother's children - not His father's children because Joseph was not His father.  They were half-brothers and half-sisters.  

I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.  They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.  Psalm 69:11-12  KJV ER

Those who are "sitting in the gate" are the high officials of the town, the judges, elders, etc.  The drunkards and the best people in Nazareth spoke against Christ Jesus.  His life in Nazareth was not very nice.  Recall the vicious exchange between Jesus and the Pharisees in John 8:

...We be not born of fornication.  John 8:41  KJV ER

Why did He endure all of this?  He was raised in a town where He was called illegitimate in order that we might be legitimate in the eyes of God. The Son of God bore that for us on the Cross; He paid the penalty for our sins.  I would venture to say that few of us have really considered the 30 years of shame and humiliation that our Lord endured so we might have ‘clear title’ to be called "sons of God", as stated in John 1:11 and 12:

He came to His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:  KJV ER

However, Christ Jesus had the most distinguished Family Tree in history.  It is encrypted in the Torah, found in Genesis 38, and prophesied in the times of the Judges, found in the Book of Ruth, Chapter 4.  His family tree evaded the blood curse on Jeconiah (Jer 22:30) and included a Virgin Birth (Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Ps 69, 110).

 

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What Does the Bible Say About...?

 
   

In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302-1111.

The question for this issue is, "Since Jesus was born of a human mother who was impregnated by the Holy Spirit, how can He be sinless?"

Simply, it is just because Christ Jesus was born that way; the only Person who was ever born that way, and He was sinless.  In order for Jesus to perform the act of our redemption through His death on the cross, He had to become one of us... a man.  At the same time He had to be sinless, which is a quality that is attributed only to God.  He had to be fully God and at the same time, fully man.  Only through His virgin birth, by the power of the Holy Spirit, could this be accomplished.

In both Isaiah's prophecy of Jesus' birth, found in Isaiah 7:14, and Matthew's statement that this prophecy had been fulfilled in Jesus, found in Matthew 1:23, Jesus is called "Immanuel," a word meaning, "God with us."  And again, as God, Jesus was sinless.

Further, we have the testimony of the apostles that Christ Jesus was sinless. Paul said it in 2 Corinthians 5:21, as did Peter in 1 Peter 1:19, John in 1 John 3:5, and the author of Hebrews in Hebrews 4:15 and 7:26.  Jesus challenged His Jewish leadership to convict Him of sin, but they could not do it, because according to John 8:46, He was sinless.  Finally, at HIs passion, even His enemies acknowledged that He was innocent.  This included Pilate in John 8:38, Herod in Luke 23:13-15, and Judas in Matthew 27:4.

Since the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, and it acknowledges Jesus to be sinless, the overwhelming evidence guides us to accept this truth.


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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK**

For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


Hebrews 4:15-16  KJV ER

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