A Question I Was Asked:



Where Does the Old Testament Prophesy the Death and Resurrection of Jesus After Three Days? I Cannot Find It!








In 1 Corinthians 15:4 it states that Jesus being resurrected on the third day fulfils Scripture yet I have searched my Old Testament and cannot find the reference. Can you help me?



UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, let us look at this:

3. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4. that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

For the answer to this we need to start in Psalm 16:

5. Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 9. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, 10. because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. 11. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:5-11).

This Psalm starts off with describing the feelings of David (who recorded the Psalm), but it becomes a prophecy of Jesus by about verse 8, but especially in verses 9b-10:

'My body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.'

This is fulfilled in the fact that the body of Jesus never decomposed, nor did He remain in the grave. Regarding the 'three days,' the expression 'the third day' often occurs in Scripture, it has an air of finality and conclusion, it was considered a matter of "three days" to decisively establish any matter, also, a person was not considered definitely deceased until three days had elapsed. So when 1 Corinthians 15:4 states, "...he was raised on the third day" the meaning is that His physical death could not be doubted in any way; it was established fact. Also, of course, after the crucifixion it was three days until the resurrection. The Bible counts days inclusively, therefore Friday until Sunday is three days biblically.

In addition to all this, in Psalm 110 we have this:

The Lord says to my lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet." (Psalm 110:1).

After reading that, we must quickly consult Acts:

55. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56. "Look," he said, "I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." (Acts 7:55-56).

The New Testament underlines even further that the phrase 'My body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay,' must refer to Jesus and could not possibly refer to David (although it was David that recorded that Psalm), in Acts 2. Look at this:

32. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,"'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand 35. until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."' 36. "Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah." (Acts 2:32-36).

So here Psalm 110:1 is directly quoted by Luke in Acts, confirming that this was a prophecy concerning Jesus (though recorded by David).



As an aside, it is incredible that a few cults (showing their lack of Bible understanding), 'use' Acts 2:34a to "prove" that people don't go to Heaven, but that is not even the point of of Acts 2:32-36).

Robin A. Brace. March 5th, 2018.

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