26912_000_009Prophecies of Christ in the Psalms
The psalms in the book of Psalms collectively are called in Hebrew Tehillim or “Praises.” Many were set to music. No book of the Old Testament is more Christian than Psalms. Out of a total of 283 direct citations from the Old Testament that are also found in the New Testament, 116 are found in Psalms (see Bible Dictionary, 754–55).
The psalmist asks, “Who is this King of glory?” and answers, “the Lord strong and mighty” (Psalm 24:8). Many prophecies of Christ found in Psalms are fulfilled in the New Testament. For example, Psalm 31:5 speaks messianically of the Crucifixion: “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”
The fulfillment of that prophecy is found in Luke 23:46: “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”
Following are other prophecies of Christ in Psalms linked to their fulfillment in the New Testament.
Get Thee Hence, Satan, by Carl Heinrich Bloch. Used by permission of the National Historic Museum at Frederiksborg in Hillerød, Denmark.
Christ Stilling the Storm, by Robert T. Barrett. © Robert T. Barrett, may not be copied.
Peace I Leave with You, by Walter Rane
Judas Betraying Jesus with a Kiss, by James Tissot
Take Your Rest, by Walter Rane. © Walter Rane, may not be copied.
The Crown of Thorns, by Gustave Doré
Detail from The Crucifixion, by Carl Heinrich Bloch. Used by permission of the National Historic Museum at Frederiksborg in Hillerød, Denmark.
The Burial of Christ, by Carl Heinrich Bloch. Used by permission of the National Historic Museum at Frederiksborg in Hillerød, Denmark.
The Doubtful Thomas, by Carl Heinrich Bloch. Photograph from original mural in Ugerløs, Denmark, by Charles Baird and Steve Chamberlain, used by permission.
The Ascension, by Harry Anderson
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