100: Psalms 40:2-3


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365 Prophecies: Prophecy 100

Although the Messiah will go into the lower parts of the earth at His death, He will be raised to life again with great joy over all those who will receive Him after His resurrection.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 40:2-3 “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Ephesians 4:9 Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

John 20:20 “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.”

Matthew 28:6 “He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Mark 16:6 But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”

Luke 24:6 “He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee…”

Application:

The debate as to whether Prophecy 100 from Psalms 40:2-3 is applicable to the Messiah is proven by Prophecy 101 that follows—which is clearly Messianic. We know this for certain because Paul quotes from Prophecy 101 in the Book of Hebrews 10:5-9.

Prophecy 101 Psalms 40:6-8, the Messiah is speaking: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, ‘Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.’ ”

Paul later attributes Psalms 40:6-8 to Jesus in the Book of Hebrews Chapter 10:5-9

Hebrews 10:5-9 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come— In the volume of the book it is written of Me— To do Your will, O God.’ ” Previously saying (In Psalm 40:6-8), “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

Psalms 40:6-8, being applicable to the Messiah as confirmed by Paul in Hebrews 10:5-9, makes it certain that the earlier verses, Psalms 40:2-3 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, is also speaking of the Messiah.

“The horrible pit”

The Book of Ephesians describes Jesus descending into the lower parts of the earth.

Ephesians 4:9 Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth?

Peter speaks of Jesus going into the lower parts of the earth to preach to the spirits in prison who were formerly disobedient during the days of Noah.

1 Peter 3:18-20 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah…

Matching the verses from Ephesians 4:9 and 1 Peter 3:18-19 to this 100th prophecy—the Messiah will be brought…out of a horrible pit, it is reasonable that Psalms 40:2-3 is also speaking of the Messiah’s descent into hell to preach to those who were formerly disobedient during the days of Noah, when only Noah and his family were saved, and the population of the entire earth perished.

The specific reason why Jesus went to preach to these prisoners, is unclear—Peter tells us only that these people were all lost in the flood due to their unwillingness to repent, believe God, and be saved.

Also interesting is the fact that when Jesus departed into the lower parts of the earth, there was a second chamber called Abraham’s Bosom. Luke Chapter 16 describes this location as a place of rest for all believers who died believing in God’s future salvation—through His Messiah. After Jesus completed His sacrifice for our sins and was raised from the dead, He closed Abraham’s Bosom, and took with Him, all those souls who had died previously, and were waiting for the atoning sacrifice of the Messiah.

Luke 16:19-23 There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

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See also Prophecy 91.

Psalms 30:3 “O LORD, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.”

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