The earliest Christians followed a Jewish tradition of pausing to pray, preferably together, first thing in the morning, about mid morning, at noon, about mid afternoon, and in the evening. “Just a Note” posts are brief observations made from Scripture readings not related to a lectionary. If I have one to post, it normally appears about 9:00 in the morning, at “the hour of prayer.”
In Acts 2:29-36 Peter continues using Scripture to point to Jesus as the replacement for David, the inheritor of the Davidic throne. The prophecy was that the throne and house of David would last forever. Now, with the risen Jesus, the throne is occupied for all eternity.
Peter recognizes that David was speaking as a prophet. David’s body decayed. It was not raised up. His remains would be in the tomb in Jerusalem to the present time. He was not speaking of himself but of someone else. That someone else is Jesus, who not only rose from the dead, but also ascended into heaven, as David tells us in Psalm 110:1.
We notice once again that the way Peter and the other apostles engage in evangelism is by telling about what Jesus has done. They don’t really talk about themselvs, and certainly not about any sense of security or love that they may have personally. Those are things which can come and go. But the bare fact of the resurrection of Christ is unchanging. Christ has triumphed over death. He has defeated his own death as well as the death of the whole world. Though we may die, we will live again because he is the living Lord. This makes for powerful evangelism.
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