Psalms 112:6-10 Remember
Posted by adventbiblestudy on March 22, 2014
Psalms 112:6-10 KJ2000 Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. (7) He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. (8) His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. (9) He has dispersed, he hasgiven to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his strength shall be exalted with honor. (10) The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Verse 6 tells us this prophecy is about Jesus. He is the only one Satan couldn’t move. The religious leaders couldn’t move Him either. Jesus is the One we will remember forever. His lack of fear and trust in the Lord points us to a few events recorded in the gospels. Lack of fear can point us to Jesus’ meetings with the religious leaders. One of the most likely would be in the temple court. The most interesting statement is in verse 8. His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he sees his desire upon his enemies. Notice how the lack of fear is repeated? When are you most afraid? At the beginning, middle, or end of a journey? Satan’s attacks are always worse when your about to embark on a new adventure with God. Satan sees the possibilities and imagines the worst. Satan may have an advanced mind and thousands of years of experience to rely upon, but he has failed so often he can’t help but let his imagination run away. When he sees a threat, he’ll throw everything he can at it. Fear is one of his greatest weapons.
This leads us to an unexpected chapter, one I would have never guessed if I had not been led to it by the word remember. At first I thought the prophecy pointed to the end of Jesus’ ministry when He prayed long and hard for His disciples that they would remember all the lessons, miracles, and skills Jesus taught them. It could have been an alternative choice to study, but John chapter 2 seemed to mirror the introduction and summation on a simpler spiritual level.
John 2:13-25 NLTse It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. (14) In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. (15) Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of theTemple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers‘ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. (16) Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” (17) Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” (18) But the Jewish leaders demanded, “What are you doing? If God gave you authority to do this, show us a miraculous sign to prove it.” (19) “All right,” Jesus replied. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (20) “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” (21) But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body. (22) After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said. (23) Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. (24) But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. (25) No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.
We’re in John chapter 2. This is early in Jesus’ ministry. At first I saw a small link between Psalm 112 and the disciples memory. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered he had said this, and they believed both the Scriptures and what Jesus had said.
John wrote with a unique style. While writing in the present tense, John would often insert a text sending us into the future. This is a prelude or a pause John inserted, a signal for the reader to go back and compare previous texts to events covered in later chapters. John has his own way of teaching Bible Study he learned from Jesus. You may wonder why God didn’t include specific easy to follow instructions in the Bible. But He did. They are scattered throughout all the books in the Bible. Why did God do this? There is a very good reason for the way God inserted study instructions throughout the books in the Bible.
The Bible is not a book to read through once, maybe twice and walk away with any kind of an understanding. The Bible has to be studied as a whole as well as in sections. Proper Bible Study is more than reading, remembering and comparing. Bible Study requires guidance from God’s Spirit to understand. Real Bible Study requires an intimate relationship with God and His Spirit.
This parallel chapter to Psalm 112 is connected by more than the disciples remembering Jesus’ comment about raising the Temple, His body! This represents an event they remembered. Which is one of the ways God’s Word works in our lives. Most everyone who reads the Bible on a regular basis has run across the experience when God’s Word reflects a moment or event in their lives. Previous verses reveal another important aspect of Bible Study. Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.” John records the process and Bible Study rule we are using, comparing prophecies to their fulfillment. We will examine this prophecy later in this study.
John is the only author to record Jesus’ first cleansing of the temple court. John also points out how Jesus made the whip Himself. This shows how Jesus spent time thinking about what He was about to do. By no means was this a spur of the moment decision. How long would it take to weave a whip from ropes? What was going through the disciples minds when they watched Jesus sitting, working on that whip? Let’s examine how John recorded his details. At the beginning of the scene only merchants and dealers are in the temple court. When Jesus is done releasing all the sheep, cattle, and birds, the Jewish leaders were there. You don’t think those important people sat around the court all day watching over their business? Does a fast food chain owner sit in their restaurant watching how business is conducted all day long? No they don’t. They sit in their lavish air conditioned offices figuring out how to make more money by reducing costs and increasing production. Jesus had to create a scene to get their feet on the production floor. It worked. Later in His ministry Jesus repeated the process. The second time He preached in the temple courtyard while the religious leaders questioned Him and later listened to Jesus. All of this has very important physical implications as well as deep spiritual aspects related to Jesus’ ministry as well as the ministry we’re given.
The prophecy tells us, “The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.” This covers a long span of time, but began when Jesus began His public ministry. John closes the fulfillment of the prophecy by telling us what Jesus knew about human nature. This is something to keep in mind while studying the remainder of John’s book as well as the rest of the Bible. It is also another key to Bible Study. Trust no one … only God’s Word and His Spirit. If you pick up a few Bible Study techniques to use…. that’s great. Don’t believe me or anyone else….. study it for yourself! There’s another side to that coin. No one can reveal the personal side of texts to you. That’s between you and God. If your mind is not going backward and forward in scripture pulling in little bits and pieces of information that lead to a personal message, YOU NEED TO REEXAMINE YOUR PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD!!!! At this point we need to go back to examine the prophecy quoted in John 2, “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
Psalms 69:9 NLTse Passion for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
When we look at the original prophesy we see John left off a portion. Was this on purpose? The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. God knew all about the religious leaders plans and watched them carry them out. The only thing missing is a note about the records God keeps. A quick look at the introduction and summation will help us understand more about the events in John chapter 2.
Psalms 69:1-4 NLTse Save me, O God, for the floodwaters are up to my neck. (2) Deeper and deeper I sink into the mire; I can’t find a foothold. I am in deep water, and the floods overwhelm me. (3) I am exhausted from crying for help; my throat is parched. My eyes are swollen with weeping, waiting for my God to help me. (4) Those who hate me without cause outnumber the hairs on my head. Many enemies try to destroy me with lies, demanding that I give back what I didn’t steal.
This portion of the prophecy leads us back to Jonah inside the fish as well as forward in Jesus’ ministry when He gave the religious leaders a sign – being in the belly of a fish for three days and nights. These events now cross a point on the time line early in Jesus’ ministry. Now we’re being shown how Jesus cried out long before His sacrifice. Jesus cried out during His entire ministry. No one said it was going to be easy.
Psalms 69:32-36 NLTse The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged. (33) For the LORD hears the cries of the needy; he does not despise his imprisoned people. (34) Praise him, O heaven and earth, the seas and all that move in them. (35) For God will save Jerusalem and rebuild the towns of Judah. His people will live there and settle in their own land. (36) The descendants of those who obey him will inherit the land, and those who love him will live there in safety.
God ended this prophecy with encouraging words. Jesus had to see the results. As a human, Jesus needed encouragement as much as we do. Jesus also needed to encourage His disciples. They needed a reason to follow Him.
Of course we have to compare introductions and summations of Psalm 112 parallel chapter in John 2 to see more of the message they contain. By now this should be second nature and a step you look forward to accomplishing. Since we’ve already covered the summations, we need to compare the introductions.
Psalms 112:1-5 KJ2000 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments. (2) His descendants shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. (3) Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever. (4) Unto theupright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. (5) A good man shows favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
John 2:1-11 NLTse The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus‘ mother was there, (2) and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. (3) The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus‘ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” (4) “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” (5) But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (6) Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. (7) Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, (8) he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. (9) When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. (10) “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” (11) This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
The introduction to Psalm 112 contains a list of key features found in the introduction to John 2. Jesus delighted in His Father’s commandments. When Jesus said, “My time has not yet come,” He showed how He was waiting for God’s command to serve and begin His public ministry. Psalms 112 introduced descendants. We are all Jesus’ family. “Then he pointed to his disciples and said, “Look, these are my mother and brothers.” (Matthew 12:49 NLTse). Not only will they be blessed, the will have wealth and riches in their homes. Both of these, commitment and relatives point to Jesus at a wedding celebration.
We know Jesus never married, but John introduced Jesus’ ministry at a wedding celebration. It’s a symbol. Jesus used weddings as symbols in His lessons and parables throughout His ministry. The use of the symbol continued. Paul and the other disciples used the symbol of a wedding to illustrate points about Christian duty as well as John, who used a wedding in prophecy. After we’ve gathered a number of related texts in the two parallel chapters, Psalm 112, the prophecy and John 2, the fulfillment, and Psalm 69, another prophecy quoted in John 2, we can see the spiritual lesson in John’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry.
What is a wedding? It is the ultimate union of two people. It has to be a willing commitment. It is a life long commitment never to be broken. What do people do when they are married? They share everything. They share hopes, dreams, disappointments, desires, finances, work, meals, time, and more time. Nothing is hidden in a marriage. Everything is shared. Marriage is a sacrifice. How do we relate this to Jesus’ ministry?
Jesus didn’t give up or change His relationship with His mother when He began His ministry. He reminded his mother there was one far greater He received instructions and permission from. It was not up to Jesus to heal or perform miracles. Jesus had to receive permission and power from His Father. This shows us marriage is not meant to change our relationship with God. This is such an important lesson John repeated it using two symbols.
Marriage is also a symbol of growth. Like marriage results in the birth of new life, Jesus’ ministry leads to new life. This is pointed out in both the prophecy here and its fulfillment. “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his strength shall be exalted with honor. When Jesus gave to the poor, He gave everything He had to the poor in spirit. Jesus came to teach the truth about God and a new spiritual birth. “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NLTse).
The best wine at the end of the wedding celebration is a prophecy pointing to the end of Jesus’ ministry here on earth. No one understood all the prophecies Jesus fulfilled until He rose from the grave then reviewed all the scriptures written about Himself. Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:27, 32 NLTse).
There’s also another symbol used here. Jesus performed a miracle at the beginning of His ministry to show us another important lesson. Jesus performed miracles throughout His ministry. Compare that to the miracles the people freed from Egypt witnessed. No matter how many miracles they saw, their faith quickly faded. Jesus knew the same thing would happen to Him. Jesus was telling us, no matter what is takes, He is not giving up on us.
We seldom see a perfect marriage here on earth. One spouse or the other may keep insisting the other continues to provide more and more. They never seem to be satisfied. Humans may give up. They may begin to feel used and unappreciated. Jesus began His ministry at a wedding celebration to illustrate the close personal relationship and commitment. The miracle showed how He will begin the relationship by providing what we need and will never stop – never grow tired of providing what we need – never stop caring for and loving us. We have to accept the symbol of the marriage on an individual basis.
Later in the chapter Jesus is questioned and ridiculed by religious leaders who either didn’t understand His words or intentionally twisted them for their own benefit. Fast forward to today and how the symbol of a marriage is used, or misused.
Many churches take the symbol of a marriage meant to point to a close, intimate relationship with Jesus and twist it around to fulfill their desires. Like religious leaders misunderstood the symbol of the temple, many misunderstand the symbol of marriage today. They say a bride represents their church. No where does the Bible say a bride represents a church. No where does the Bible single out a single church in the future having the full truth and using it to condemn other churches. By twisting the symbol of a marriage, religious leaders misinterpret the close connection Jesus desires for each of us. Like a marriage we need a relationship Jesus no one else shares until He tells us to share. The full rights and responsibilities of a marriage commitment – financial, spiritual, physical, and growth.
The Bible uses a bride to symbolize Jesus’ reward. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Its gates will never be closed at the end of day because there is no night there. And all the nations will bring their glory and honor into the city. Nothing evil will be allowed to enter, nor anyone who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty–but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 21: 1-2, 25-27 NLTse).
Jesus’ bride is the New City of Jerusalem. One of the seven angels who held the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” So he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. (Revelation 21:9-10 NLTse).
The bride and groom at the wedding in Cana were individuals. Each of the ten virgins in the parable were individuals. Jesus is an individual. God, the One who Jesus receives His instructions and power from is an individual. Jesus’ mother who He continued to care for and obey was an individual. All of these symbols are individuals all pointing to the individual relationship Jesus desires for each of us. Don’t let yourself get institutionalized into thinking the symbol of a wedding is a group relationship with Jesus. You’ll never experience all the joys and comfort Jesus wants to share with you. It has to be a one on one relationship with Him and His Word.
I can’t help but look back at the lessons of my failed marriage. I thought I married a woman after God’s heart. She was beautiful in my eyes, but looking back at pictures, I can see it was love that spawned beauty. She was involved in the church. She played piano and helped with the kids ministries. But I should have paid attention to the signs and warnings. We prayed and studied together before the wedding, but she stopped immediately after. I never saw it at the time but she drew me away from God. First it was my habit of talking out load to God at home. She didn’t like it so I stopped. Then it was her lack of interest in what I saw in God’s Word. She wasn’t interested so I tried to make it easier to understand then left out obvious details hoping to draw her into a conversation about God and His Word. I didn’t see how her lack of a real relationship with God was constantly drawing me away from mine. Finally everything became clear when she explained she found happiness with a man 15 years younger and the wedding vows meant nothing. Her family confirmed the marriage was never meant to be for life and she revealed her original intentions during the divorce.
What did I learn from this? I found out that it feels like to think someone loves you only to find out it was a hoax. It felt like a blade piecing my side far into the heart. It took some time but Jesus reminded me of all the warning signs He sent and showed me all the signs I should have seen along the way. He also showed me how I drifted away and what I could have accomplished if I continued to draw closer to Him. I may have been disloyal to Jesus, but He never stopped looking at who I could become.
You think I would have learned my lesson and totally trusted God. I got on a few Christian dating sites for a while but stopped paying attention or wasting time on them. I began to see the same pattern repeating itself. Almost all the women on the site, I was searching inn the age group of 48 to 56, say Jesus is the most important thing in their life. I often wondered why they referred to Jesus as a thing. I would send them a message asking what Jesus meant in their life and what He has done for them this week. Some I would ask what they did for Him. Some wrote about how they loved Bible study. I would ask what God taught them that week, what they learned and couldn’t hold in or keep to themselves. I kept track for a few months. Out of about 120 letters I sent only about 5% replied. I began to wonder why people would say they love Jesus and want to share Him with others, but let opportunities to share slip by. I began to get the feeling maybe it would make a difference if I used a little photo touch up and maybe clicked on a six figure income if they would be ready to share their love for Jesus.
I was contacted by quite a few younger women in their 20’s asking how they could tell if a man is really a true Christian. I would explain to them, a man with a real relationship with God will have something new to share about God everyday. He would talk about His experience with God and couldn’t hold it in. He wouldn’t repeat the same old cliches but have something new to share all the time. An infinite God will never run out of details to teach.
I began to think about the views of older women and how they are shaped by society. It’s easy to see they are looking for security, looking forward to retirement and a life together. Doing what? Sitting on the beach sipping drinks or staying at home isolating themselves from the world. I seldom see Christian women with a flare for missionary work at home or aboard. I’ve corresponded with a few involved in missionary work and shared miracles God has shown in our lives. The correspondence lasted until they found someone willing to join them in their missionary work, then it ended. Their potential spouses didn’t feel comfortable with a woman corresponding with another man. Imagine committing to a relationship with little or no trust. A relationship with Jesus is based on pure trust and the ability to communicate with others.
I learned to trust totally in God through all this. Let’s face it, God has to open a lot of doors, and for me has to provide a lot of positive signs to trust again. Trust is something that needs to be built. It’s supposed to be a thing of beauty and like a fragile ornament, can easily be broken. Jesus never stops trusting or seeing the best we can be. One of the main lessons I learned is how Jesus takes us back to review all our mistakes in the hope we’ll learn from them and maybe one day share them so others can learn from our mistakes. I also learned how Jesus is always here. No matter how bad things may seem. With Jesus, the worst things get the closer He is. Too bad humans aren’t that way. They can be just the opposite. When things get bad they play the blame game, claim God is no longer with the other person and look for excuses to leave. Jesus would never act that way. He is kind, compassionate, willing to teach, share, and bless. Jesus has more to share than we’re able to imagine. He has been there for a lot of us, but we soon forget. What kind of a relationship is that when one forgets all the love and dedication the other put into the relationship?
Jesus began His ministry with the symbol of a wedding feast for an important reason. He wanted to show us how to begin a relationship with Him. He wanted to show how permanent it is and how much He is willing to sacrifice to make it work. The same chapter points ahead to His death on the cross. How much clearer can He be?
I learned to put my trust in Jesus and to commit to Him as well as trust Him. After all, he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like. But He tells me through His Word and the reminders we talk about when He reviews my life. Jesus already knows all the intimate moments and details of my life. In a marriage communication is key. A commitment is learning all the intimate details of their life. A commitment is listening, learning, caring, helping, and working together. Nothing less.