Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

More of Christ from Psalm 128

Psalm 128

1 Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
2You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
4Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
who fears the LORD.

5 The LORD bless you from Zion!
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!
6May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel!

Verse 2 – You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands
Christ was on no fool’s errand. His work produced fruit. That numberless multitude is all due to the work of Christ. He produced it and He shall reap the benefits of it. That crowd shall sing to the praise and glory of God for eternity.

Verse 3 – “Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine…”
Jesus does not just save us to get us to a better destination than we were originally headed. He saves us to go and bear fruit
Verse 5 – “The Lord bless you from Zion”
The work of Christ will bring great blessing upon Jerusalem. One day there will be a new Jerusalem and it shall forever prosper.

Is it a stretch to interpret the Psalm 128 this way? We need to be extremely careful with it, but given that this whole Book from Genesis to Revelation is about Christ we need to be looking to see truths about Him in it.

When Paul calls the rock that Moses hit to give water to the people of Israel, Jesus, he is doing something very odd to our way of thinking. Without Scriptural support we need to tread very carefully with this type of interpretation.

But it is no doubt true that there is much about Christ in the OT that we often miss. We dare not put Him where He does not appear, but we miss tremendous blessing when we fail to see Him where He genuinely is. And He is in more places than He is not.