Psalm 110: Jesus, the New and Better King-Priest


(7 verses, 00:35 to read)

What I am about to READ

In this psalm, David describes the new and better king who is to come after him, one who will have both divine and human qualities.  This psalm speaks of Christ in his role as King and Priest.


Vs. 1    “the Lord says to my Lord…” Here there are two divine names, strange for a strict monotheistic religion such as ancient Judaism.  Yet here we find that David is speaking of one who is to come that is both God “my Lord” and who has enemies on earth that will be made into his footstool.  This clearly speaks of the second person of the Trinity, the God-Man Jesus.

Vs. 3    “in holy garments” This verse speaks of the day of the power of Christ which can be interpreted as the day of his second coming.  John in his Revelation speaks of that multitude which no one can number wearing robes made white in the blood of the Lamb.

Vs. 4    “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” Melchizedek was a mysterious person from the book of Genesis (Gen. 14:17-20) who was both King of Salem and priest of the “Most High God.” In him both offices of king and priest were carried out, which was quite different than the way that the Mosaic law ordered things much later.  The priest spoken of here is eternal, suggesting divinity. The writer of Hebrews applies this special order of priest to Jesus (see Heb. 4-10).


Lord Jesus, our great High Priest, you are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.  You entered into the holy of holies once for us by the wood of your cross, securing for us an eternal redemption in your precious blood.  As you have made us your children by your blood, so make us priests in your baptism that we would intercede for others and offer up our prayers and thanksgivings to you as a pleasing sacrifice.  Amen.


Pr. Ross

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