Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 30: No Corruption
by From the Pastor's Desk on March 31st, 2013

Psalm 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. 10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. 

Acts 2:25 For David says concerning him, “ ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 

In reading the words of Psalm 16, you get an affirmation of a security that we are able to grab hold to in the word of God. Through faith, we are able to trust God in this life and the life to come. The life to come is why we live in a way that discounts and dismisses the temporary pleasures of this life. There would be no such hope if there were no resurrection. The resurrection is when our God, Jesus Christ will personally return for us. This is one of many unique points of Christianity that we base our faith on.

As we come close to the end of this month of Messianic Prophecy, we again look at a prophetic typology and foretelling of Jesus. His flesh was not going to see corruption. This does not imply some type of Divine process that holds Jesus in a suspended state of animation. It literally means that there would never get to a point where He begins to visibly decay. This was not a scientific statement, but something that would be verifiable by the average observer. Corruption in the ancient mindset means complete decay of the body ending in bones. 

Death in Palestine implies heat. Being left out in the sun would hasten the decomposition of a dead body. It also would leave the body susceptible to animals. Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb with a huge stone covering the entrance. This covering would also keep the sun out. To be clear, JESUS WAS DEAD. That means that decomposition had begun. But at the resurrection, He was made alive again. 

This means that His flesh was made alive and restored. We see this in the story of Lazarus as well. Lazarus was in a tomb for four days and it was known that he was decomposing. When he came back to life, this was the restoration of his flesh. We believe that God can restore the flesh of someone after 3 days, 4 days, or 2,000 years. This is a basic tenet of the faith.

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