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The Book of Acts, Chapter 2:25-38 (5 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard
25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the
Lord always before my face, for he is on my right
hand, that I should not be moved:
Here Peter begins quoting from Psalm 16 and more
particularly, Psalm 16:8-1. Peter's interpretation of
the events in Psalm 16 has caused many a man great
headaches, including me. So instead of re-activating
another headache, let's keep the matter very simple,
shall we? Peter's interpretation is the only one that
matters at this point anyway. It is obvious that when
David spoke, knowingly or unknowingly, he wrote of and
taught about Jesus of Nazareth. David said of Jesus,
that God's eyes would be upon His Son, which His
presence would always be with His Son and because of
that He would not be shaken. All throughout the
gospels, Jesus repeatedly spoke of the complete
confidence that He had with His Father.
26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was
glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:
27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,
neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see
David could not have spoken of his own self, for it
was now evident that David had died and had been
buried, and his sealed tomb was at hand, as Peter will
make clear in verse 29. Peter was preaching Christ
throughout his sermon, and the central fact, to which
the most space is given, in His resurrection. The
things, which David had written, and which Peter
quoted, could not have been David's own experiences.
They were prophecies, which never could have been
fulfilled in any other than the Lord Jesus Christ.
28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou
shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
In Psalm 16:8-11, as Peter reads it, David
acknowledged a "Lord" who would not be abandoned to
the corruption of death in Hades (Acts 2:27). Since
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