“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
Comment: In case his hearers were bamboozled by his reference to David when talking about Jesus, Peter clarifies several points for them…
- David was dead, buried and they knew where his tomb was. David’s body had returned dust to dust! Therefore the talk about (as quoted yesterday) the Holy One not knowing corruption (decay) obviously didn’t apply to David. The Jews knew/believed that this referred to the Messiah.
- God had promised that One of David’s descendants would sit on his throne for ever.
- Jesus was raised from death, ascended into heaven, and fitted the picture for the one Whom God had promised to sit at His own right hand and under whose feet God would place His enemies.
Prayer: Thank You for making Your Word plain to me, O God.