Easter Sunday(click HERE for study notes) (Psalm 118:15-24)Timo Keskitalo, April 8, 2012
Part of the Exposition of the Psalms series, preached at a Sunday Service service
Read through the Psalm 118. Can you remember where this Psalm is quoted
in the New testament. It is quoted 13 times, so you may remember some of
the passages! You might not notice one connection: "Lord save us" in
verse 25 is "Hosanna" in Hebrew.
This Psalm was used in the Passover celebrations. As it is said in Matt
26 that Jesus and his disciples closed their last supper with singing a
hymn, this Psalm was most likely that hymn. Now read verses 1-4 and the
last verse. Do you sense the contrast with the events of that evening,
night and next day of suffering? How do you connect the thanksgiving and
the sufferings of Jesus?
Good Friday and Easter Sunday go together. Read from Rom 4:25 how Paul
explains the meaning of these two days. How do the events of these two
days benefit you? What is the difference of these two benefits:
Stop to think what is the meaning of the "right hand of God". How does
Isaiah 53 describe the arm of the Lord?
Stop to think what is the meaning of the "rejected stone". How does Paul
explain this in Rom 9:30-33?
Isn't it marvelous how one day can make a big difference!
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15 Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord's doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it. (ESV)