In Psalm 110 the ancient writer presents his ancient and modern readers with a most amazing teaching.Couched in the beauty of the poetry of that day he sets forth teachings which transcend time.First, as king he declares that he has a lord.There is one who is superior to him in rank.Secondly, the Lord God Himself, Jehovah the covenant making and keeping God, the great I AM, who was, who is, and who is to come, speaks to the king’s lord.The message is a message which lifts the king’s lord beyond time and acknowledges his coronation and enthronement as an equal with the eternal God.Amazingly, the king confesses that there is a god-man, one who is fully God and fully man, who is to be enthroned.
The same records how God Himself also identifies this coming one as a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.His is an eternal priesthood.Thus he is to be a priest-king, a greater king than any merely human king and a greater priest than any merely human priest.In one person the two offices are to find their perfection.The Mosaic Law requires the two offices be kept separate.God judges king Saul for taking upon himself priestly duties.But, the psalmist declares that sometime in the future God will introduce His eternal priest-king.
Who is this priest-king?The Bible clearly teaches it is Jesus our beloved Savior.At Providence we bow the knee to king Jesus.We worship and serve under His eternal priesthood.
At the end of the age all will bow before the King; the only question is: will it be in heartfelt submission or grudingly?
Leonard J. Coppes, Th.D.
Dr. Leonard J. Coppes is a graduate of Bethel Seminary (B.D.), Princeton Seminary (Th.M.), and Westminster Seminary (Th. D.) and has done extended graduate...