Chapter 109: Cursing’s of the wicked
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David
David speaks of the wicked people who curse him with “…a lying tongue.” (Psalms 109:2) David prays that his adversaries will be confounded.
We also learn from David a little about how the church of Jesus Christ is set up and run and how priesthood authority and keys are transferred. “Let his days be few; and let another take his office.” (Psalms 109:8). Here it is talking about the office of leadership. We read more about this in Acts… “…Let his habitation be desolate and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.” (Acts 1:20)
Chapter 110: Melchizedek
A Psalm of David
Here we learn about Melchizedek, who was a great prophet. Jesus Christ shall sit on the Lord’s right hand and shall be forever “…a priest after the order of Melchizedek” (Psalms 110:4)
Unfortunately not a lot is written in the Bible about Melchizedek. We do learn a little more from Hebrews Chapter 7. Melchizedek or “Melchisedec” in the Bible was “Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the son of God; abideth a priest continually” (Hebrews 7:3) Melchizedek was compared to Jesus Christ, and after Melcizedek does the priesthood go to Jesus Christ.
Melchizedek was a great prophet and high priest that according to modern scripture in the Book of Mormon “…none were greater…” (Alma 13:19). Melchizedek was so highly esteemed by God, that it is after his name that we identify the highest priesthood “…the Holy Priesthood, after the Order of the Son of God. But out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name, they, the church in ancient days, called that priesthood after Melchizedek, or the Melchizedek Priesthood.” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:3-4)
*as a side note: Verse 1 reads: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” (Psalms 110:1) This one verse of scripture is believed to be (by most historians) to be the most confusing and/or most talked about verse of the Bible. It is confusing for many reasons:
- Many people believe that Jehovah is speaking to God (or in other words “Jehovah” being Jesus Christ is actually speaking to God the Father or “Elohim”. This however doesn’t make sense, because “Jehovah” was the “God of the Old Testament”
- In the Hebrew text it reads: “Jehovah said unto Adonai” which ‘Adonai’ is a title or term of respect. Some believe that the other “Lord” was used as a substitution for “Adonai” and was actually speaking about David himself.
- However, David has used this to say he sits on the right side of God like he is Jehovah. (See Psalms 16:8 and 16:11)