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Friday, November 18, 2016

PSALM 132

Person, Place, or Thing


Person...

"For the sake of David Your servant.
Do not turn away the face of Your anointed
The Lord has sworn to David
A truth from which He will not turn back:
Of the fruit of your body
I will set upon your throne.
If your sons will keep My covenant
And My testimony which I will teach them,
Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever."
(verses 10-12)



Oo goodie again!  We are setting the scene for Advent, the waiting for the coming of Christ. 
This is the promise of the Messiah to be born of a virgin, a young girl: "According to the flesh He was David's seed; for by the mother's side Christ was to be David's seed, not by the father's." (Adam Clarke) Joseph is mentioned in the lineage of Christ in the first chapter of Matthew and in Luke 3, however, physically, Mary is the only birth-parent, "the fruit of your body," so...



I digress to earlier posts about Mary being of a royal line.  The fact that her uncle, as many believe, was Joseph of Arimathea, is how some trace  her to the Davidic line.  In fact, some believe the lineage came from David's son Nathan as one of the prophets proclaimed that David's line would not continue through Solomon because of the sins of a some of his descendants.  This is the warning of the "If your sons will keep My covenant," which evidently Solomon's descendants did not heed.


Mary's father and grandfather were said to have been assassinated in a power struggle over leadership and wealth.  This left Joseph of Arimathea as the patriarch of the family who took her under his wing as a child, and again as the widowed mother of Jesus during the time of persecution.  Of course being on the Council who delivered Christ up to be crucified, asking to bury him would not have made him popular, rather one of the ones to be persecuted.  An early writer said he was in fact jailed for doing so. 




It was written of by many of the second century and on writers that he took Mary and other followers of Jesus to escape, some to France and some to England.  Some of them--Joseph and his niece Mary, the mother of Jesus--settled in the Cornwall area where his tin mines were located, where the Gastonbury Abbey later was founded (until it was dissolved in 1593 at the Protestant Reformation.) 



Old tin mine

It is said by multiple early sources that he had even taken his grand-nephew Jesus there as a child and/or as a youth.  Joseph of Arimathea was known as the original "Tin Man" with mines in Cornwall, an area well documented to have been mined in ancient days by the Jews.  (If you've watched "PBS's "Poldark" series, you can see how amazingly beautiful it is there.)  Many early writers document them being there establishing Christianity in Britain so that when Augustine arrived in the 300 +A.D. to convert the country, he found a well-established colony of Christians, more developed in some ways than Rome's (such as a refusal to deify Mary who had lived among them.)

Old tin mine

Oh, there's so much more that I find fascinating (the connection to King Arthur and the Holy Grail, for example), probably much more fascinating to me than to you, dear Reader.  So I will constrain myself and go back to Jesus being of the lineage of David as promised in this Psalm which is also quoted in Acts 3:29-31...

Thought to be King Arthur's castle ruins in Cornwall



"Brethren, I may confidently say to you
regarding the patriarch David
that he both died and was buried,
and his tomb is with us to this day.
And so, because he was a prophet
and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath
to seat one of his descendants on his throne,
he looked ahead and spoke
of the resurrection of the Christ."



A promise is a promise
and these verses tell of the Person.
Next time we'll look at the Place and the Thing.








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