Psalm 16 and What Jesus Knows /// A Deep Thought with a Simple Example
What was in the mind of Jesus, when He walked around Israel in our human flesh?
He was God before He came.
He is God after He ascends.
But what about when He came and walked around on earth?
Did He know everything that was going to happen for Him? Did He know that He was going to suffer and die and rise on the 3rd day?
This huge question has been asked for centuries, since Jesus is a divine Person, with a divine nature and a human nature: Did Jesus possess divine knowledge, since He took on everything it means to be man, except sin. “Therefore, he had to become like his brothers in every way, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest before God to expiate the sins of the people” Hebrews 2:17. So, did He not know the things that God knows?
Did Jesus know what God knows, or only what man can know?
In the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2, Peter gets up and speaks. He quotes from Psalm 16 and talks about David. This is a very profound, and very simple, place to dig up a lot of awesomeness.
Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2: A breathed upon text, inspired by the Holy Spirit, who with the Son and the Father is God.
Psalm 16, verses 8-11: A breathed upon text, inspired by the Holy Spirit, who with the Son and the Father is God.
Jesus: The 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity. Before taking on Flesh and the name Jesus, He existed forever with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and who, after dying and rising, took this Flesh with Him back to the right of the Father, to exist with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever.
OK, let’s break this down more. When using the name Jesus, which He received in time, I am referring to the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity, even though He didn’t have the name Jesus before he took on Flesh. He has always been and will always be the eternal Son of the Father, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
That means that Jesus was with the Father and the Holy Spirit before He took on flesh. That means that Jesus is with the Father and the Holy Spirit while He is in the flesh. That means that Jesus will always be with the Father and the Holy Spirit after ascending to Heaven. That means that there is no time when Jesus is apart from the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Let’s break this down another way, using these Scriptures as an example.
Before Jesus took on Flesh, He breathed with the Father the Holy Spirit upon David, who wrote Psalm 16, verses 8-11. So, Jesus knew this passage as He inspired David to write it. “I keep the LORD always before me; with the LORD at my right, I shall never be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices; my body also dwells secure, for you will not abandon me to Sheol, nor let your faithful servant see the pit. You will show me the path of life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever” Psalm 16: 8-11.
After Jesus ascended to the Father, taking His seat at the right of the Father, He breathed with the Father the Holy Spirit upon Peter, who took again these same words from Psalm 16, and applied them explicitly to the resurrection of Jesus. cf. Acts 2:25-36.
Jesus knew what Psalm 16 was going to be about
when He breathed it through David.
Jesus knew what Psalm 16 was going to be applied to
when He breathed it through Peter.
Jesus has never not been united to
the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Jesus read the Psalms when He was in the Flesh. Jesus read Psalm 16 when He was in the Flesh. Is there any difficulty in thinking that since He had always known what that passage would mean from all eternity and that He would again in Acts refer to what that passage meant for all eternity, that Jesus knew what this passage meant when He read it in the Flesh?
Maybe this is a no-brainer for you. But, for many who have reflected on what it means that Jesus became like His brothers in all things, they have been trying to figure out what Jesus knew in the Flesh. Did He have Divine knowledge or only Human knowledge.
Jesus knew what Psalm 16 was going to mean from all eternity, all the way back, prior to creation.
Jesus knows what Psalm 16 means in reference to His resurrection, after He ascended to the Father, forward for all eternity.
Jesus knew, when He was in the Flesh, what Psalm 16 meant in reference to Him. He inspired David and was going to inspire Peter. He Himself is Inspired.
One passage: Psalm 16: 8-11. A whole lot of realities. Before, during, and after. So much to absorb for us. Thus it is with God and His Word!
“Who is and who was and who is to come” Revelation 1:4.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” Hebrews 13:8.