Psalm 72 - Messianic?

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  1. Debby in Philly

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    Our Sunday School materials deal with Psalm 72 next week, and treat it as prophecy. It is attributed to Solomon, and reads very much to me as a prayer for either his father David or himself as king. Is this usually considered prophecy as well?

     
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    I happen to be reading a book on Messianic Psalms (by T. Ernist Wilson). this psalm is in the book. if I get a chance later, i'll pass along some thots.

    redeemed-in-full,

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    Yes. While it fits generally (and hyperbolic) to Shlomo and is David's prayer for him, the language is also prophetic of the Messianic Kingdom.

    Thus it is with much OT prophecy. It was written to real people at a real time, but with overtones perhaps not even recognized by the writer to a greater event.

    v 1-4 could be literal of Shlomo (Solomon)
    v 5-8 are hyperbole for Shlomo but REAL for Jesus!
    and so on

    Beautiful rendition in the NIV
     
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    Definitely stong aspects of messianic hope here!

    I've always disliked the idea of classifying passages as "messianic" or "non messianic".

    Each passage in the OT has some contextual relevance for its current situation - but the whole OT reflects the hope of God's eventual deliverance.

    If you can find it the BEST book on this bar none is "The Lord's Annointed" by Phillip Satterthwaite.
     
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    Summarizing the chapter in the book:

    Although not specifically quoted in the NT, the psalm is a picture, or type of the millennial reign of the Messiah (amillennialists, of course, would have a different interpretation ;) )! Jesus was from the line of David (i.e., 'the King's son'). The psalm starts out in judgment, Solomon had to judge righteously we he became king, Jesus will administer justice in the final battle at the end of the tribulation period. Solomon had a peaceful reign for 40 years, Jesus's millennial reign will be peaceful.

    vs. 8-11 spells out the extent of Solomon's influence (the whole known world). Jesus's influence (or dominion) will extend to the entire planet.

    vv. 12-15 Like Solomon, Jesus will judge impartially during His reign.

    vv. 17-19 seems to point to the fulfillment of the promises God made to Abraham in Genesis 12. This obviously had not happenned yet, but will during Jesus's reign.

    Hope this helps.

    Redeemed-in-full,

    richard n koustas
     

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