Praise of children

Matthew 21:15,16 (nwt-E): When the chief priests and the scribes saw the marvelous things he did and the boys who were shouting in the temple, “Save, we pray, the Son of David!” they became indignant 16 and said to him: “Do you hear what these are saying?” Jesus said to them: “Yes. Did you never read this, ‘Out of the mouth of children and infants, you have brought forth praise’?”

The scribes heard the boys praise Jesus, and complains to him. Jesus justified the children praising him by quoting Psalms 8:1,2. He is saying that the Psalm is talking about him. This silenced his enemies. Let’s see the Psalm:

Psalms 8:1,2 (nwt-E): O Jehovah our Lord, how majestic your name is throughout the earth; You have set your splendor even higher than the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of children and infants you have established strength (or “praise”) On account of your adversaries, To silence the enemy and the avenger.

In Psalm 8:1,2 it says that the mouths of children and infants will praise Jehovah so his enemies will be silenced. Why is Jesus saying that a psalm that applies to Jehovah is talking about him?

To the scribes who knew this psalm well, what Jesus was saying was that “I am the one Psalm 8 is talking about. I am Jehovah”.

Foundations of the earth

Hebrews 1:8-12 (nwt-E): But about the Son, he says: “God is your throne+ forever and ever, and the scepter of your Kingdom is the scepter of uprightness. 9 You loved righteousness, and you hated lawlessness. That is why God, your God, anointed you+ with the oil of exultation more than your companions.”+ 10 And: “At the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you will remain; and just like a garment, they will all wear out, 12 and you will wrap them up just as a cloak, as a garment, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will never come to an end.”

Paul is talking about Jesus in verse 8-12. Every instance of “you” refers to Jesus. Paul says that Jesus laid the foundations of the earth and made the heavens. And Jesus is the same and his years will never end. Paul is quoting from Psalms 102:

Psalms 102:1,25-27 (nwt-E): O Jehovah, hear my prayer; Let my cry for help reach you. […] 25 Long ago you laid the foundations of the earth, And the heavens are the work of your hands. 26 They will perish, but you will remain; Just like a garment they will all wear out. Just like clothing you will replace them, and they will pass away. 27 But you are the same, and your years will never end.

Psalms 102 talks about Jehovah. It says that Jehovah laid the foundations of the earth and made the heavens. Jehovah is the same and his years will never end.

Why does Paul say that the Psalm that is clearly talking about Jehovah is actually talking about Jesus?

Seeing God

No man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten god who is at the Father’s side is the one who has explained Him.

John 1:18 (nwt-E)

God is invisible and can not be seen or understood except by Jesus. Any vision of God is made possible through the manifestation of Jesus.

In the year that King Uz·ziʹah died, I saw Jehovah sitting on a lofty and elevated throne, and the skirts of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphs were standing above him; each had six wings. Each covered his face with two and covered his feet with two, and each of them would fly about with two. 3 And one called to the other: “Holy, holy, holy is Jehovah of armies. The whole earth is filled with his glory.” 4 And the pivots of the thresholds quivered at the sound of the shouting, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said: “Woe to me! I am as good as dead, For I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, Jehovah of armies himself!”

Isaiah 6:1-5 (nwt-E)

Isaiah is seeing with his eyes a manifestation of Jehovah. But no one can see God unless it is through Jesus. So Isaiah saw Jesus and called him Jehovah.