Sunday, September 30, 2007

Jesus and the Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom (3.2.4. Resurrection & Ascension as Enthronement)

Luke is also unique in his descriptions of the Resurrection and Ascension, portraying these events as Jesus’ divine royal enthronement. In his sermon at Pentecost, Peter uses the Psalms to show how the Resurrection and Ascension represent the fulfillment of the Davidic covenant. Citing Ps 16:8-11, he explains that the Lord has fulfilled David’s prayer for preservation from death not in himself, for he died, but in Jesus who is raised from the dead (Acts 2:24-31). He then draws on Ps 110:1 to show how the Lord establishes Jesus as King at his right hand in his Ascension (Acts 2:32-36); through the Ascension Jesus is enthroned at the right hand of God.[1] Though Jesus was “anointed” as king in his baptism, it was only in his Resurrection and Ascension that he was elevated and installed as king. Strauss explains, “An analogy may be drawn here to David, who was chosen by God and anointed by Samuel long before he was enthroned as king.”[2]

[1] Strauss, The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, 140-45.
[2] Strauss, The Davidic Messiah in Luke-Acts, 145.


Anonymous said...

This is interesting and it sparks a question which, I'm sure, has an answer but I haven't found the book with it. If Jesus is anointed at the beginning of His public ministry and enthroned at the resurrection-ascension, then the various trials of Christ during His ministry could be likened to the trials of David as Saul, repeatedly, attacked him. What I have not seen drawn out are the parallels to the trials of Christ and the trials of David. Maybe you have already drawn those conclusions and I missed them. Otherwise, where would you start?

It seems to me the trials of David would also be a source for a suffering Messiah.

Thanks for this blog and many blessings on you and your families.

Fr. Chris Podhajky

Michael Barber said...


Thanks for your comment.

We've talked about the imagery of the "Davidic Suffering Servant" and Jesus' Passion in the following posts:

1. Jesus and the Restoration: The Davidic Suffering Servant

2. The "Footsteps of the Messiah" and the Messianic Tribulation

3. "The Footsteps of the Messiah": Psalm 89, Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2