In this segment, Dr. Badawi continues to attempt to discredit the prophecies of the Psalms. As I discussed in the previous segment, the Messianic prophecies in the Psalms, and elsewhere in the Old Testament, were given by God so that the Jews could identify their Messiah when He came. Also we need to remember the concept of typology, that is when the Jews of the first century studied the Psalms, they often read them through typological eyes - that is, they saw the coming of their promised Lord and Messiah predicted in the events, as well as the prophecies, in the Old Testament as well as the history of the interaction between God and Israel.
Jamal Badawi: Psalm 35, 37, and 41, there are claims of false witness.
Psalm 35 : A righteous persons prays that God puts to shame those who plot against him. Those who plotted will be turned back. In John 18:6, the soldiers turned back and fell. The enemies of that person are in a dark pit and those who hate the righteous person will be ensnared. It says that the righteous person will be saved.
May those who seek my life be disgraced and put to shame; may those who plot my ruin be turned back in dismay. May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away; may their path be dark and slippery, with the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
In this Psalm, David asks for God's aid, and contrasts the hypocrisy and malice of his enemies with his integrity and generosity. I am not aware of any Christians who believe that this is a prophecy of the soldiers falling back since the enemies of David were "turned back in dismay", while the soldiers who were sent to arrest Jesus did carry out their orders and were not turned back.
The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming. The wicked draw the sword and bend the bow to bring down the poor and needy, to slay those whose ways are upright. But their swords will pierce their own hearts, and their bows will be broken.
Once again, I am not aware of any Christians who cite this passage as a Messianic prophecy. There are Messianic prophecies in the Psalms, however, this is not an example but is probably another of Dr. Badawi's "red herring" arguments.
David, and his problems with his evil enemies, provide a preview of the life of Jesus. Some Bible commentators (most notably A. R. Faussett) claim that this passage is not distinctly prophetical, however, Jesus applied this verse to Judas, so "that the Scripture may be fulfilled" (see John 13:18).
Jamal Badawi: Psalm 9 : This has been referred to as containing things about the crucifixion. The righteous person offers thanks to God because he did something unusual for him. The enemies of the righteous person were turned back, God is the stronghold of the oppressed in the time of trouble, the righteous person will be lifted from the gates of death, this person will rejoice, and those who made a net will fall into it. If this is Jesus, then God saved him.
Once again, I am not aware of anyone who believes that this particular Psalm contains Messianic prophecies and there is no mention of God doing something "unusual for David. In this Psalm, David praises God for delivering him from his enemies and celebrates the divine government, for giving security to God's people and punishing the wicked. Once again, Dr. Badawi gives us another "red herring" argument.
This Psalm, like many of the others, describe David's struggles with his enemies and his triumph over them. Verse 6 tells us:
This passage originally applied to David, however, it also can apply to Jesus as well as the Jewish people. In spite of the suffering of David and the Jewish people, God ultimately saved them as well as saving Jesus by raising Him from the dead.
This is another example of how David was a "prototype" for the concept of the Messiah. Jesus did ascend into heaven and those who plotted against Him and killed Him did indeed fail.
No, David is speaking in this Psalm and David (and not his enemies) says in verse 9:
Once again, David, according to the cosmological typology of prophecy, is a glimpse of the Messiah to come. His life and tribulations are a foreshadowing of the suffering and death of Jesus.
Jamal Badawi: Psalm 69, it appears that Judas is speaking but some say that it applies to Jesus.
No, David is speaking in this Psalm.
The Psalmist is clearing saying that he is a sinner, however his condition as a sufferer who is innocent of alleged crimes sustains the typical character of the Messiah to come.
Jesus had many enemies. John 15:25 tells us:
No, all of this applies to David, not Judas.
Who said that David was poisoned (gall refers to something that is bitter)? Verse 21 says:
Please compare this to John 19:29:
Jamal Badawi: Psalm 38, especially verse 11, some say that those who stood away from him is what happened to Jesus when he was killed. If you read the Psalm, verse 18, the person says that he is sinful, could this be Jesus? No.
Once again, this refers to David who was identified by the Jews of Jesus' day as a typological "prototype" of the Messiah who was to be sinless.
Jesus was indeed rescued in an unusual way, He was resurrected from the dead!
Jamal Badawi: The conspiracy to kill Jesus, they used a trusted friend (Judas), when Jesus say the danger he prayed, the prayer was for the plotter to be destroyed, God will respond to the prayer and the conspiracy will fail, the evil will fall into the pit, the rescue was to raise him up to heaven.
Generally speaking, David's trials by evil men represented and predicted the trials of Jesus, and David's final success foretells the success of Christ's kingdom. David uses language very well to describe his feelings, which only finds its full meaning in the feelings of Jesus. That is why these Psalms are quoted and applied in the New Testament.
As A. R. Fausset said in his commentary on the Psalms:
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