Nor did His Flesh See Corruption


“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool”’ (Acts 2:29-35 ESV).

Interestingly, this is the only time in Scripture which David is referred to as “the patriarch.” Peter makes reference to the many times in Psalms that David referred prophetically to the Messiah. And he tells them that all of Israel knows that Jesus was raised from the dead, despite what was being said. And now Jesus is exalted, not only as Creator, but as well as Savior.  The prophecies given David were not concerning himself but the Messiah. The religious leaders were claiming that these prophecies pertained to David and had nothing to do with Jesus, but Peter repudiates this…

Source: The First Apostolic Sermon