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The Quest to be Free: From Tyranny
April 7, 2019

The Quest to be Free: From Tyranny

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Quest to be Free | Last week, in the sermon series, The Quest to be Free, we talked about the condition of humanity. We are enslaved to the old song of sin and death. This week, we consider how can we be free from the tyranny of the old song? In the sermon, From Tyranny, we turn to Psalm 110 which is somewhat mysterious. It is unclear who David is writing about in this Psalm, but there is something significant here, because Psalm 110 is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament. This Psalm highlights a rare personality in the Old Testament and he is only mentioned one other time: Melchizedek. The reason this Psalm is quoted more than any other is because it tells us a powerful story of ending the tyranny of old order! The New Testament writers realized that David could not have fully understood what he was saying, but in Jesus Christ it suddenly became very clear. This psalm helped them realize that God could truly set us free. After reading Psalm 110, you may also want to read Genesis 14:15-24, the other place where Melchizedek is mentioned. Psalm 110:1 The LORD says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” 2 The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” 3 Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb. 4 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. 6 He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. 7 He will drink from a brook along the way, and so he will lift his head high. (NIV)

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