|Messages By Ovid Need|
04/19/92 PM (Easter)
Acts 2, Number 2
In v. 24, we saw that it was impossible for the Messiah not to rise and now Peter quotes a OT prophecy to confirm this. All of his hearers knew King David, so Peter quotes him. David was prophetically speaking for the Lord when he said Ps 16:8. David is putting words in Christ's mouth.
In v. 25, David saw (expected) the Lord as always ready to come to the Messiah's aid while He was here on this earth. The Father was always at His right hand which was the place of honor in His affections. The Father was more than just a help to Christ, He was Christ's highest affection. The Messiah, Christ, is saying that the Father is there in order that He (Christ) should not be moved from His purpose in life.
Of course, He is there that we should not be moved either.
Therefore.. Peter now clearly tells his audience that it is the Messiah speaking. The reason Christ could endure the cross, despising the shame, was because He looked forward to the resulting joy ahead for His suffering and shame.
Heb 12:2. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Christ connected His suffering with His glory. Lk. 24:26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? (Phil. 2:6-9; Eph. 1:20,21.)
By connecting His suffering with His glory, He left us an example that we should walk in His steps. The prospect of future glory and triumph should keep us going no matter how hot the conflict or dim the hope, Phil. 3:13-21.
The Messiah found rejoicing, gladness and hope because He knew that the Father was at all times right there at His right hand, even in His death. We have the same assurance.
The Messiah knew that He would not be long in the grave. The Lord God would not permit it. We who are born again have the same assurance: we will not be left in the grave. How do we know? Because Christ rose from the dead.
Thou hast made known to me the ways of life. Or we could say, You will restore me to life. Again, the reference to the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.
1) When the Saviour faced the Cross, He had the full and confident expectation that He would rise from the dead.
2) The Saviour rejoiced in view of the glories which were before Him. And so should we. We too will one day sit with Him bodily in His exalted position. We must not forget that even now we already sit with Him in our spirit; we now rule over all principalities and powers by faith and through our union with the risen Saviour. We have all the authority over all creation as He now has through our faithful application of His law-word. (Eph. 2:1-6; 1:18-23; Col. 2:9-15 & 1 John 4:17.)
3) The prospect of this reign through and with Christ should sustain us as it did Him even in the midst of trails, persecutions and calamities.
1 Peter chapter 2 tells us that no matter what anyone may do or think to do to us, we are to keep our attention focused upon our future glory with Him; follow in His steps.
Let me freely speak.. Peter was preparing for contention over speaking about Christ, so he "slides" in the truth of Christ "in the back door," so to speak. He starts out asking to speak about David and of course, no Jew would prevent him speaking about David any more than they would prevent speaking about Abraham or Jacob. Every person who had any leaning toward Judaism at all would stop and listen to what this man was going to say about David.
Note that the message Peter is going to give could not be given freely in 99.9% of the churches today (even Bible-believing churches), any more than it could be given freely by Peter in the synagogues of His day where the Pharisees were in control. They would not tolerate it at all because it placed Christ as Lord and King in the present.
Look at the results (v. 37) of Peter's message. Is this one reason why we don't see this result today? We want to have the results without the message of the authority, rule and kingship of the Lord Jesus in this present world.
Something else to consider here. If we see great results without Peter's message as summed up in v. 36, then are the results of God? Is this why the results we see don't last nor do they have any society changing effect? As we hear about the "super churches" and the multitudes being saved, we should be seeing society turned back to God. Is one reason society is not being changed because the message which changed society here with Peter is not the same today? Has it been corrupted, diluted or otherwise changed? This is something to think about. Can we have Peter's results without Peter's message?
I do know that as a pastor I am very cautious to preach this message which Peter preached because of the tremendous influence of tradition and past teaching. Peter used something they all agreed with to bring in the truth.
For us: We don't always have to rush "head long" into the truth like a "bull in a china shop." When we present the truth with a "like it or lump it" attitude, we are asking for trouble.
We are to be wise as serpents as we slide or creep in very subtlety with the same message as Peter did here about the Lord Christ. He used wisdom under the power of the Holy Spirit, yet he was as harmless as a dove, Matt. 10:16. I believe we could be much more effective in our messages of truth if we would use more patient wisdom. He won over the people then put the pure gospel out to them.
Notice what God used in this message: a tomb. David was buried locally and no doubt they all could identify it and held it in very high regard. Peter points to the tomb of David and reminds them that David is still dead, his body is still in the tomb and it did see corruption. Therefore the prophecy of David which Peter is referring to is obviously NOT speaking of David, V. 27
I had a young man confront me with some things at the ACUC meeting (10/86). We were discussing some things about Israel and I pointed out that to maintain that God was prophesying in the OT of a literal gathering of a physical nation, Israel, you had to raise David from the dead to be consistent.
To that he said, much to my surprise, "I believe that God is going to raise David bodily from the dead to rule over the physical nation." Now, I will have to admire his consistency even though it is corrupt. Follow Peter's line of reasoning through here.
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