Peter is still addressing the gathered crowd on the Day of Pentecost. After asserting that God has raised Jesus from the dead, he gives a proof-text. “For David says concerning him, ‘“I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption”’”(Acts 2:25-27). The text (a quotation from Psalm 16) is notable because David says that he will live in hope, trusting that God will not abandon his soul to Hades (the grave) or allow his anointed (the word for messiah or king) to decay. If this prophecy is fulfilled, someone is going to be raised from the dead.
This is why David’s grave matters. “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day”(Acts 2:29). Peter knows that David’s tomb is just outside Jerusalem, meaning that he is not the one the psalm refers to. “Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandon to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption”(Acts 2:30-31). Peter asserts that David was speaking of someone else who would be raised—the messiah. His message about Jesus being raised from the dead directly fulfills prophecy.
David’s grave matters because it means that in Jesus’ day God still has an outstanding promise to raise someone from the dead. This part of Jesus’ story is the keystone of the gospel, proving his power over death and validating his promises to give his followers victory over death.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I really believe that God can raise people from the dead?
One Thing to Pray For: Hope that God will not abandon my soul to death
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