Lamp unto my feet

Jay-Evan J. Tevis, Ph.D.

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Computer Science
LeTourneau University
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Acts 2:22-28 (Expositor's Study Bible)

    22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words (the inaugural Message of the Church); Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you (Jesus must ever be the theme of our Message; He was approved of God, but not of men) by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you (what Peter knew firsthand, because he was there), as ye yourselves also know (so many of these things were done that there was absolutely no excuse for them not to know):

    23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God (it was the Plan of God that Jesus would die on the Cross; however, it was not the Plan of God for the religious leaders of Israel to do this thing; that was of their own making and choice), ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain (presents a charge so serious it absolutely defies description! But yet, if they will seek mercy and forgiveness, God will forgive them, even as we shall see):

    24 Whom God hath raised up (concerns the Resurrection), having loosed the pains of death (death could not hold Him because He atoned for all sin, which occasions death [Rom. 6:23]): because it was not possible that He should be held by it (death would liked to have held Him in its grip, but it could not because He had taken away its legal right; as stated, He atoned for all sign, which defeated death, Satan, and all principalities and powers [Col. 2:14-15]).

    25 For David speaks concerning him (Ps. 16:8-11), I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved (through the Cross, Christ would gain this position at the Father's right hand, which speaks of power and authority, all on our behalf [Heb 1:3]):

    26 Therefore did my heart rejoice (concerns Christ rejoicing over His Father's guarantee and protection regarding His descent into the death world; He knew that the Father would bring Him out), and my tongue was glad (refers to the things He said regarding His Resurrection [Mat 16:21; 17:23; 20:17-19; Mk. 8:31]); moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope (refers to resting on the Promises of God relating to the Resurrection):

    27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (it was not the burning part of hell [Lk. 16:19-31]), neither wilt thou (God the Father) suffer thine Holy One to see corruption (His physical body, being sinless, saw no corruption; which normally accompanies death; in fact, it was glorified and raised from the dead).

    28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life (presents Christ as the Pattern, and as well presents the Resurrection not only of Himself, but all Believers); thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance (God's Face did shine upon Christ, and it shines upon us as well, as we are "in Christ").