Psalm 110 -- Is It Messianic?

A querist asks, “Is Psalm 110 a Messianic Psalm?"

The problem that Jesus posed to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:41-46, gives clear evidence that the Jews accepted Psalms 110 as being Messianic. Jesus was able to use the passage against the Jews, because they accepted David as the father of the Christ in ancestry. But David had called the Messiah, “Lord,” which recognized Him as being superior. They could not answer the dilemma Jesus posed, because of their materialistic concept of The Messiah.

During his sermon on Pentecost, Peter quotes from Psalm 110:1, and ties it in with a series of prophetic statements made by David (Acts 2:25-33; cf. 2 Samuel 7:11-16; Psalm 16:10) to prove that David was not speaking of himself but of Jesus. He claimed, based upon the apostles’ eyewitness testimony, that God had raised up Jesus who had ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father. Reference is also made to the prophecy in Psalm 110:1, by the Hebrew writer (Hebrews 1:13). He had previously established the “God-nature” of Jesus by quoting Psalms 45:6-7, “thy throne O God.

The three essential concepts of Psalm 110:1 are “position,” “location” and “duration.”

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Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets

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