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1 I will extol thee, O Yahweh; for thou hast lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
2 O Yahweh my Elohim, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.
3 O Yahweh, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Even the blood of the innocent and righteous Jesus, would have been as unprofitable for covenant purposes as the blood of Moses, Abel, or calves, if he had not risen from the dead. This is the doctrine taught concerning him in David. The thirtieth psalm is prophetic of Messiah's death and resurrection. "All things must be fulfilled that are written concerning me in the psalms," said Jesus. In the third verse of the psalm quoted, the spirit which afterwards dwelt in him and spoke by him, says of him and for him,
"O Yahweh, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive (or preserved me from corruption,) that I should not go down into the pit, (or be reduced to dust.)"
In the eighth verse he says he "cried to the Lord and made supplication."
This occurred before his soul went down into the grave. In view of its hypothetical continuance in that gloomy place, he inquires in his supplication, "what profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit (or become dust?) Can the dust praise thee? Can it declare thy truth?" This interrogative argument teaches the doctrine of the fifteenth of Corinthians (v17,18), that if Christ be not raised from the dead, or in other words, be mere dust in the pit, "faith is vain;" sins are not remitted; and dead believers are perished: which is equivalent to saying, "there is not profit in his blood;" for it was shed for remission of sins, which, however, are not remitted, if He be not raised up, or "healed" of the "evil disease" which laid him in the tomb.
An unrisen Christ is an unprofitable sacrifice. His blood could purge nothing; and as to praising God, and declaring his truth in heaven or earth, it would be impossible; for "the dead know not any thing," (Ecc 9:5) in the day of their return to their dust their thoughts perish; and therefore the dead cannot praise Yahweh (Psa 115:17).
Jesus was "delivered for our offences;" but if he had not been raised, we should have remained unjustified, and in our sins, and without any title to things everlasting; happily, however, for the faithful, God raised him from the dead; whereupon the Apostle adds, "and was raised again for our justification." Thus, his blood was made profitable, and he is prepared to praise Yahweh and to declare his truth in the midst of Israel's congregation when the time comes.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Sept 1855