[As Jesus died, so he rose and ascended in a public capacity, as our mediator with God, He had purchased blessings for us; and he now went to receive them at his Father’s hands, that he might impart them to us. But what a mercy it is to the poor souls that groan and grieve under a rebellious heart, that this ascended Mediator has received gifts for them! Dwell on the fact that He, the Son of David, who for our sakes came down on earth and lay in the manger, and hung upon a woman’s breast, has gone up on high, into the glory infinite. 4. 2. Death also, that had reigned over all, now was vanquished in its turn; for Jesus “burst its bands.” “By death, he destroyed death, and him that had the power of death, that is, the devil [Note: Hebrews 2:14. "Among" is one of the recognized renderings of Beth (= B) with a plural noun. It was a triumph by which they had become subdued to him. received gifts for men. After He had risen again, He went home, that from this throne He might direct a work by which earth should become s place where God could abide. And some of the best critics have observed, that in the Hebrew idiom, to take gifts for another, is the same as to give them to another: see 1 Kings 3:24; and Genesis 18:5, in the Hebrew. Jeremiah 31:12; Ezekiel 20:40. He not only silenced the cannon on the spiritual Gibraltar, but he took rock, fortifications, and all. receiving and giving. ], but from the express declaration of the apostles on the descent of the Holy Ghost [Note: Acts 2:33.]. Thus he reasons ( Psalms 68:9-10 ), "Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended," etc. in his churches; enjoy his divine presence, and have communion with him in his word and ordinances. I invite your adoring attention to the sacred Trinity herein manifested to us. It is ground for devout wonder that God should dwell among men, when we contemplate his immensity, loftiness, independence, holiness, and sovereignty; yet he does so --. As to the devils and reprobate men who are instigated to rebellion and revolt by obstinate malice, he holds them bound by secret control, and prevents them from executing intended destruction. See Deuteronomy 21:10; 5:12. Now, to what end is this glorious theatre, as it were, prepared, and all this preparation made, all men being called to the preparation of it? “The Word was made flesh and tabernacled among us,” like a Bedouin in his tent, but not as a dweller at he, me. BibliographyClarke, Adam. This is meant of Satan, sin and death, and of all the enemies of Christ and his people, whom he led in triumph, having spoiled them, and making a show of them openly, as is expressed Colossians 2:15. Psalm 68:18, ESV: "You ascended on high, leading a host of captives in your train and receiving gifts among men, even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there." Is this the poor one of Psalms 68:10? Thou hast ascended on high - When the ark had reached the top of Sion, and was deposited in the place assigned for it, the singers joined in the following chorus. II. ii., p. 97. Received gifts for men—Literally, Received gifts in men, as if the chief spoils of the victory were the prisoners. Our Lord’s triumphal ascent demonstrated the defeat of all our foes. He has conquered and triumphed over all the powers which held us in captivity, so that captivity itself is taken captive. 1905. It may be laid down as an incontrovertible truth, that David, in reigning over God's ancient people, shadowed forth the beginning of Christ's eternal kingdom. ), Captivity captive.—Or, captives into captivity. (Dean Vaughan.). The government of Saul, which, from the first, had originated in a way that was condemnable, was doomed to fall under the displeasure of God, while his favor, on the other hand, was to be restored under David; and the undeniable appearances of this left no room for doubt that one who began his reign under such auspices was the object of the Divine choice. The work of men's deliverance, which Christ began while He was on earth, He carries on and completes from heaven. "Commentary on Psalms 68:18". "Here! Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. when the ark was deposited.]. The Biblical Illustrator. This would be applicable to a people in ancient times that had been subdued by the people of God. Thus you have Father, Son, and Holy Spirit blessedly co-working for the benediction of men, the conquest of evil, the establishment of righteousness. “Thou hast received gifts for men,” not for angels, not for devils, but for men--poor fallen men. Joshua 18:1; Joshua 22:19. The ascending on high implies the being previously low, and intimates, that under the melancholy confusions which had prevailed in the kingdom, there was no longer the same conspicuous display of the Divine glory as formerly. Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. There comes a pause in this grand hymn of triumph, as though the singers, still gazing on God’s glory in the clouds, were altogether test in admiration, and too happy to sing any more. There may be an elevation of a certain part without any ascension whatever. And the contents of this verse do not agree to the present occasion of carrying the ark to Zion, but have a manifest reference to Christ, and to his ascension into heaven, in whom, and in whom alone, they are literally and fully accomplished, and to whom therefore they are ascribed, Ephesians 4:8. “Wisdom hath builded her house;” she hath also “furnished her table.” And the magnificent structure and the rich provision is a “gift for men.”, III. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. His work on earth is the nucleus round which all the books of Scripture crystallize; and He had no sooner “ascended on high” than He caused the canon to be completed, and gave the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures to all the ends of the earth--a “gift for men.”, IV. Jesus, thy Jesus, thy surety, the Captain of thy salvation, hath led captive the devil and all his host, that led thee captive, and hath destroyed forever the dominion of sin and the grave.