Bible Prophecy Fulfilled: Psalm 8:6 “Got put all things in subjection under his feet”

 

 

 

 

Midrashic dual prophecy of Psalm 8:6 as a template to decode the Olivet Discourse:

1.      God put all things in submission under mankind’s feet: Gen 1:26; Ps 8:6

a.       In 5554 BC God made man the ruler of every living thing on earth (Gen 1:26): "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”" (Genesis 1:26)

b.      Psalm 8:6 echoes Gen 1:26 in 1000 BC: Psalm 8:6-8 "You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas." (Psalm 8:6-8)

c.       Hebrews 2:8 directly quotes Ps 8:6 reinforcing Gen 1:26 that all living things on earth are in subject under mankind’s feet: "You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him." (Hebrews 2:8)

2.      Suddenly and without any warning Ps 8:6 is directly applied to Jesus in Heb 2:9 and 1 Cor 15:27:

a.       "But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings." (Hebrews 2:9–10)

b.      "For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him." (1 Corinthians 15:27)

3.      What we learn from this is that Ps 8:6 and Gen 1:26 and were dual messianic prophecies. We would have no way of knowing these verses were messianic until Paul specifically applied them to Jesus in 1 Cor 15:27.

4.      This is typical Midrashic style and is useful as a guide in decoding the Olivet Discourse.

 

  

 By Steve Rudd 2020: Contact the author for comments, input or corrections.

 

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