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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

“What Did You See?”

Psalm 72:12-19

As we noted yesterday this prayer of David for his son, Solomon, is really fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the final Son of David.  In that fulfilment we can never forget the emphasis placed on the poor, the needy, and “those who have no helper.”  Jesus signals out the poor for special emphasis (Matt. 5:3; 11; Mark 10:21; Luke 4:18; 6:20).  This includes the larger issue of justice.  If we are to serve the true “Son of David” we must be prepared to commit ourselves to the ministry of both caring for and defending the poor (v. 4).

In a limited sense David’s prayer will be answered.  Solomon will receive gold from Sheba.  There will be prosperity for a time.  However as Paul would later point out the power of sin is too great (Romans 7).   Who among us is not susceptible?  Too often it is those, like Solomon, who appear to be especially gifted that fall into serious sin.

David’s prayer here concludes with hope for the nations.  David asks that his son’s name endure forever.  He goes on to pray that all nations will be blessed in him.  This was the promise that God made to Abraham (Genesis 12:3).  As Matthew notes the title of “son of Abraham” also applies to Jesus (Matt. 1:1).

The supreme focus of Jesus’ ministry is on “all nations.”  Jesus is the savior of the world (I John 4:14).  Jesus commands his followers to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19).

This week we will be observing Epiphany.  This is when we focus on the wise men who come to worship the baby Jesus.  As those who come “from the east” (Matt. 2:1) they represent the nations in the overall Christmas story.

We live in a world which tends to look down on the whole idea of evangelism and missions, of trying to “convert” people.  Acknowledging the abuses of evangelism we can nevertheless not avoid Christ’s directive.  It doesn’t take much to see that our world desperately needs a savior.  No leader of any nation qualifies. 

With humility and compassion we need to share the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ.

Most gracious and faithful God give me opportunities to share the truth about Jesus Christ wherever I am.  I ask this in Jesus’ name Amen.