Messianic Prophecies: 1 Chronicles 16: 8-33



Continuing our Advent look at Messianic prophecies for this year, a series which we began in Advent 2011 and continued in 2102, 2013 and 2014, the earlier posts of the series may be read here, here, here ,here, here, here, here, here , here here, here, here, here , here, here, here , here,   here, here here, and here, we come to 1 Chronicles 16:  8-33:



[8] Praise ye the Lord, and call upon his name: make known his doings among the nations. [9] Sing to him, yea, sing praises to him: and relate all his wondrous works. [10] Praise ye his holy name: let the heart I of them rejoice, that seek the Lord.

[11] Seek ye the Lord, and his power: seek ye his face evermore. [12] Remember his wonderful works, which he hath done: his signs, and the judgments of his mouth. [13] O ye seed of Israel his servants, ye children of Jacob his chosen. [14] He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth. [15] Remember for ever his covenant: the word, which he commanded to a thousand generations.

[16] The covenant which he made with Abraham: and his oath to Isaac. [17] And he appointed the same to Jacob for a precept: and to Israel for an everlasting covenant: [18] Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan: the lot of your inheritance. [19] When they were but a small number: very few and sojourners in it. [20] And they passed from nation to nation: and from a kingdom to another people.

[21] He suffered no man to do them wrong: and reproved kings for their sake. [22] Touch not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets. [23] Sing ye to the Lord, all the earth: shew forth from day to day his salvation. [24] Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all people. [25] For the Lord is great and exceedingly to be praised: and he is to be feared above all gods.

[26] For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens. [27] Praise and magnificence are before him: strength and joy in his place. [28] Bring ye to the Lord, O ye families of the nations: bring ye to the Lord glory and empire. [29] Give to the Lord glory to his name, bring up sacrifice, and come ye in his sight: and adore the Lord in holy becomingness. [30] Let all the earth be moved at his presence: for he hath founded the world immoveable.

[31] Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad: and let them say among the nations: The Lord hath reigned. [32] Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all things that are in them. [33] Then shall the trees of the wood give praise before the Lord: because he is come to judge the earth.

Saint Justin Martyr says of this passage:

And again, in another prophecy, the Spirit of prophecy, through the same David, intimated that Christ, after He had been crucified, should reign, and spoke as follows: Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and day by day declare His salvation. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, to be feared above all the gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols of devils; but God made the heavens. Glory and praise are before His face, strength and glorying are in the habitation of His holiness. Give Glory to the Lord, the Father everlasting. Receive grace, and enter His presence, and worship in His holy courts. Let all the earth fear before His face; let it be established, and not shaken. Let them rejoice among the nations. The Lord has reigned from the tree.

But when the Spirit of prophecy speaks of things that are about to come to pass as if they had already taken place, — as may be observed even in the passages already cited by me, — that this circumstance may afford no excuse to readers [for misinterpreting them], we will make even this also quite plain. The things which He absolutely knows will take place, He predicts as if already they had taken place. And that the utterances must be thus received, you will perceive, if you give your attention to them. The words cited above, David uttered 1500 years before Christ became a man and was crucified; and no one of those who lived before Him, nor yet of His contemporaries, afforded joy to the Gentiles by being crucified. But our Jesus Christ, being crucified and dead, rose again, and having ascended to heaven, reigned; and by those things which were published in His name among all nations by the apostles, there is joy afforded to those who expect the immortality promised by Him.

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  1. Though by no means crucial to the message, an interesting point in this quote from Justin Martyr is that he dates David’s writing to 1500 BC. I am used to hearing that David lived in the 10th century BC, (though perhaps born in the 11th?) Justin Martyr was a highly educated man of his time. I wonder when historians may have revised their understanding of when David lived.

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