94: Psalms 31:13


COPYRIGHT WARNING

365 Prophecies: Prophecy 94

Plans will be made to put the Messiah to death.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 31:13 “For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

John 11:45-53 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs. If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation, and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.

Application:

Although Caiaphas was the High Priest during the time that Jesus came to Jerusalem, he failed to recognize Him as the Messiah. We learned in Prophecy 90, that Caiaphas was corrupt and determined to put Jesus to death.

Jesus had openly scorned, rebuked, and condemned the High Priest as well as the other men who were members of the Sanhedrin. Because Jesus had criticized the leaders of Israel, the people were emboldened themselves to confront the Pharisees for their hypocrisy and remove them from their coveted positions of power and wealth.

Before the leaders of the Sanhedrin would allow this to happen, they would fabricate a charge worthy of death for Jesus and seek to permanently remove Him as a threat.

It was for their plans to kill the Messiah that David wrote this 94th prophecy from Psalm 31:13.

For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.

Some Biblical scholars feel that David wrote this Psalm exclusively for the time when he was being pursued by King Saul, in 1 Samuel Chapters 20-24, as his life was under the threat of death continually. I would agree that David was thinking of his present situation and the threats which were upon his life from Saul. What is also true, is the fact that many of the prophecies of the Messiah have an earlier, as well as later, fulfillment.

Because the Lord is the greatest multi-tasker of the universe, He was thinking about His Son who would be under the threat of death from the leaders of Israel. It is certain, as we examine Psalm 31, that these words were written by David in the capacity of a Prophet, being inspired by the Holy Spirit, in describing the plans of evil men who would seek to kill the future Messiah.

See the chapter: The Death of the Messiah for 59 specific predictions of the crucifixion of the Messiah in vivid detail.

The four statements written by David in Psalm 31 are surely applicable and written for the future Messiah. They are also most certainly a reflection of David’s own heart in a great time of stress and fear.

Prophecy 92: Psalms 31:5, “Into Your hand I commit my spirit…”

Prophecy 93: Psalms 31:11, “I am a reproach among all my enemies.”

Prophecy 94: Psalms 31:13, “For I hear the slander of many; Fear is on every side; While they take counsel together against me, They scheme to take away my life.”

Prophecy 95: Psalms 31:14-15, “But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies, And from those who persecute me.

Caiaphas, the High Priest, though he was corrupt and a truly evil man, he was still acting in the capacity of a spokesman for God. Without knowing what he was saying, he spoke the fulfillment of this 94th Old Testament Prophecy:

…Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.’ Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied…” – John 8:34-53

It was the purpose of God that one man should die for the sins of all people so that many could be saved.

John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

1 John 2:2 And Jesus Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

There is just one Man whom God has chosen to be the Savior of the World. Only God, dwelling within the body of a man, has a life of such great value that it is sufficient to pay for the sins of all other men. There is only one Man who is described as the eternal God, who spoke the universe into existence.[1] This Man is Jesus Christ, the Messiah. These are the prophecies that He fulfilled when He gave His life for all of us.


NOTES:
[1] 1.Colossians 1:16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.
2.Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…

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