A response to the theology of Dr. Kelly Kapic's new book, "God So Loved, He Gave," by Matt Brown and Drew Belz.
"The Psaltery" is a response to a number of ideas and themes in the book - first and foremost it deals with the hope of a coming King, the Anointed One, and all the expectation that's wired into us culturally. On one level it's from the perspective of John the Baptist, who in such a heartbreakingly human way sent the message to Jesus: "Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?" Kapic quotes Bruce Waltke and his thought of the psalms being "royal robes", too heavy for any earthly king to bear. John would have grown up with these psalms, and would have been fully aware of the failure of Israel's kings (even David) to fulfill the hopes of the Jewish people.
Jesus' response gives a different picture of the kingdom than the violent overthrow that many were expecting in the restoration and redemption of the people of God - sight given to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and relief to those who had been downtrodden for so long. In the final words of this chapter, Kapic writes: "John stood at the hinge of time, on the very edge as the Kingdom of God was breaking in. He prepared the way, and just before his beheading he began to realize that the Kingdom of God was coming in a way that defied all expectations."