Answer to rmwilliamsjr at James McGrath’s “Exploring Our Matrix” Blog Post: “The Bible’s Authors Were Inspired by God”

Below I have copied the words that commenter rmwilliamsjr posted.  Within the text I have inserted [bracketed italics] which answer his question.

for the LORD your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the LORD’s name always.  [I’m not sure where you’re pulling this from; it looks out of context.]

When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.  [This is from 2 Samuel 7:12.  It is a prophecy from God through the prophet Nathan to King David.  Note that God promises to “raise up” – this speaks of the resurrection.  The promise regards David’s descendant – or seed.  The promise is that this descendant will one day be king.  There have been many claimants to the title of Israel’s messiah, some of them even legitimate descendants of David, but none were ever raised from the dead.  Most ancient Jews thought that the term “raise up” was figurative until Jesus actually demonstrated that it was intended to be fulfilled literally.]

6 Your throne, O God,[a] will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy. [This is from Psalm 45.  It refers to the resurrection of Christ and His ascension into heaven.  It refers to the kingdom – which was part of God’s promise to David regarding his descendant.  The phrase “set you above” is, of course, an allusion to the resurrection.  That the person addressed is called “God” or “god” is reference to the fact that the throne being provided is in heaven.  Angels were called “gods” or “sons of God.”  This leads to the next prophecy below.]

Of David. A psalm. The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”  [This is the beginning of Psalm 110.  David is speaking of his descendant according to the flesh.  Everyone in Israel knew that the messiah would come from David’s line.  When God says to that heir, “Sit at my right hand” He is inviting the heir to a heavenly throne.  In this way, the messiah can not only be David’s descendant (and therefore subordinate to David) according to the flesh (that is, the earthly or physical realm), he would become David’s superior (“my lord”) according to the spirit (that is, in the heavenly or unseen realm) by virtue of resurrection and ascension to heaven.]

5 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous [a]Branch;
And He will reign as king and [b]act wisely
And do justice and righteousness in the land.  [This is from Jeremiah 23.  There, once again, is the promise to “raise up” the descendant of David.  The promise is to make the descendant king – which being the first person raised eternally from the dead would have a tendency to do.  “Branch” is another name for Messiah and is used in other Old Testament promises as well.]

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.  [“Breaker” is  a messianic title like “Branch.”  Note that he “comes up” – some translations say “go up” – and the reference is to resurrection.  “Breaker” would indicate a “breaking through the bonds of death” – an unprecedented move.  Again, these references to resurrection were not commonly understood as meaning this until Jesus demonstrated it.  The prophets who wrote the promises, however, were aware of what they were implying (in this regard see 1 Pet 1:10-12).  The reference to “king” confirms that the Davidic heir is here in mind.  The “them” refers to all the human dead who will arise because Jesus leads them.  As Jesus goes to heaven, so do all the dead whom He takes there.  In this regard, see Everyone Is Going to Heaven.]

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.  [Some translations say “arise” instead of “stand.”  Either way, it’s the resurrection that God has in view (Death did not conquer Messiah; though He fell, He was made to “stand” again or “arise.”  The phrase “great unto the ends of the earth” refers, as do similar phrases above, to the expanse of this kingdom.  Ruling from heaven, instead of just an earthly throne, would be worldwide in scope by its very nature.]

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.  [This is Malachi 4:2.  Once again, we have an allusion to the resurrection in “the sun” that will “rise.”  Note also that throughout all these passages we have seen an emphasis on “righteousness,” which, of course, characterizes the life that Jesus lived.  The reference to “healing” also would be part of the unique set of characteristics that distinguish Jesus as a messianic candidate above all others (yes, I used the term “above” allusively.]

which of these has anything to do with a dying Messianic prophet being reborn as a God?

Comment Policy Revised

I’ve stopped moderating comments before they appear on the blog.  From now on, whatever you write will be posted as soon as you submit it.  It just seemed like a good time to make this change.

Below is the revised comment policy, which you can also find on the About section on this blog.

Comment Policy

I welcome challenge and criticism; the truths I proclaim will withstand testing.  If you’d rather not identify yourself, that’s okay, as I do allow comments to be made anonymously.

I only delete comments that are spam or excessively profane.  The only editing I do of comments is to remove profanity as an alternative to deleting the entire comment.

Where a response is sought, I try to give one in a timely manner.  Otherwise, I only respond if I think it will be helpful.  In cases where there is no reconciliation of views, I prefer to let the challenger have the last word.  May the Spirit of Jesus Christ prevail and may His truth make progress in all our hearts.

If you like what I write, just practice it – you don’t need say anything to me about it or make yourself known to me. I don’t need your approval and you don’t need mine.  Walk before God and walk with God – that’s what matters.

What Kind of Evidence (Would an Atheist Require)? (Quote on Atheism)

The most frequently asked question by atheists who come to this blog is “What evidence do you have for the existence of God?” My reply is always to ask what sort of evidence they require, but not one of them has ever given me a straight answer. My question is an honest one. What sort of evidence would someone be looking for if they wanted evidence for God? I ask this because there are many things in life that we know exist, or whose existence we accept without question for which there is evidence, but the evidence is not of a scientific nature. I’m thinking of Love, Beauty and Truth for example. These virtues are very real, and the evidence for them is solid, but someone who wished to ‘prove’ their existence to a doubter would be hard pressed.

– Fr. Dwight Longenecker

via What Kind of Evidence? (Scot McKnight’s blog)