Jews, Muslims, Unitarians, Jehova’s Witnesses, and Mormons, Need To Connect The Biblical DotsSeptember 16, 2011
I’ve heard Muslims say many times that “the prophets of the OT don’t mention Jesus”. Actually, this assumtion goes against the Jewish quest to find Messianic passages. Granted, many Jews today reject that Jesus is their Messiah, however, how can one escape the clear connection between Christ and Isaiah 53, Daniel 9, etc?
Further, how can a Jew who rejects Jesus Christ as Messiah, make sense of Psalm 110? This is one of the greatest Messianic Psalms in all the Torah (OT). Yet, the only way to make sense of this Messianic Psalm is if Jesus, as revealed in the NT, is the Divine Messiah.
This Psalm says two profound things:
1. In Psalm 110:1 David says, “The LORD (Yahweh) said to my Lord (a lord who descends from David), sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”
The mindblowing thing about this statement is that it goes against our understanding of king-ship. It went against the Jewish understaning of king-ship. One who decends from a king isn’t then supposed to be higher ranking than that king. Yet, here David is saying a king will come from him, yet will be in a position of dominion and authority equal to Yahweh.
Even the Pharisees who wanted to trick Jesus couldn’t answer this. In Matthew 22:45, Jesus asked them “if David calls him Lord, then how can he be his son (David’s son)?” They had no reply.
2. Here’s the amazing thing, however! In order to have answered this supposed dilemma, all they would have had to do is go 3 verses down Psalm 110!
Psalm 110:4 says, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 7 zooms in on this concept. The priest that God would send us in order to bring us back to God would not come from the Aaronic priesthood, would not of mere human origin, and would not be another temporal priest.
This is exactly why Jesus Christ is called the High Priest, because once his priesthood is consumated, there are to be no other priests. Priest simply means “bridge builder” by the way. He bridges the infinite gap of sinful humans to Yahweh (the only true, holy, and eternal God). And Jesus meets all the criterion of Psalm 110:4 in Hebrews 7.
Jesus is a high priest in the order of Melchizedek because he isn’t from the Levite tribe (the tribe that the Aaronic priests decended from). Rather Jesus is from the kingly tribe, the tribe of Judah (the same tribe David is from). Jesus is a priest forever because he is Yahweh, the 2nd person of the Trinity. He wont die and be replaced like mere human priests.
Thus, it’s utterly blasphemous for even Mormons to assume they continue the Melchizedek priesthood! Jesus fulfills it forever. It can’t be un-done, re-done, or continued.
So when Jesus stumped the Pharisees, all they had to do was quote the same Psalm three verses down. Jesus can descend from David yet be above David by being the God-Man, born of a virgin (God taking on additional human form so as to interact with his own creation). Jesus can live the perfect life in our place, be condemned for our sin, and raise himself from the dead and become a High Priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. He’s the only one who can be in the order of Melchizedek because he’s a King, is Yahweh, is our Savior, thus, is a Priest forever.
The only way imaginable to make sense of Psa 110:1 is with Psa 110:4 and admitting that Jesus Christ is Yahweh coming to save us, and now we serve him as King forever. It’s just another mindblowing revelation of Scripture that is awesomely Christ-centered.
The Jews can’t make sense of this, Muslims can’t make sense of this, Jehova’s Witnesses can’t make sense of this, Unitarians can’t make sense of this, and Mormons can’t make sense of this, unless they bow the knee to Jesus Christ our risen Lord as being Yahweh.