Psalm 72 (part three)

Psalm 72 is helping us bridge the thousand-plus year gap between our study in Ruth, and next week when we start the Christmas story in Matthew’s gospel. Today, we’re focusing on three more the ideals of Israel’s king – and how Jesus “fulfils” or “completes” them. Make sure you’ve read Psalm 72 first, if you haven’t already.

God’s champion of justice

An overriding theme of this psalm is that the king is to be the means by which God executes justice in the world. Firstly, within Israel’s borders:

72:1-2, 4 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2 May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice… May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor.

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