One of my favorite passages about Jerusalem is found in Psalm 132:
For the LORD has chosen Zion,
he has desired it for his dwelling:
“This is my resting place for ever and ever;
here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it—
I will bless her with abundant provisions;
her poor will I satisfy with food.
I will clothe her priests with salvation,
and her saints will ever sing for joy.
“Here I will make a horn grow for David
and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
I will clothe his enemies with shame,
but the crown on his head will be resplendent.” (NIV)
For the ancient Israelite/Judean this passage must have given them much comfort in the face of ancient enemies who confronted them. But how is a “modern,” especially a Christian who takes the word of God seriously, to interpret such a passage. In this series we will explore the theological significance of passages such as this both to the ancients and to moderns.
Each Monday I would like to mention those authors who have helped me along the way—especially in regard to biblical theology.
Especially important was Walter C. Kaiser Jr. who was teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s when I was there. His early work, Toward an Old Testament Theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978) that treats the “promise theme,” has had a great influence on the thinking of many, including myself —the revised version is called The Promise-Plan of God. I will return to his work in many places, but especially with regard to the “Patriarchal Promise” (Genesis 12:1-3; etc.).
Next week I will treat Genesis 2:15.