Some interesting tidbits about the Old Testament

The Jews believed firmly in the Shema, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.’ 1  So when Jesus said, ‘I and the Father are one,’ 2 they questioned Him.  Jesus answered, ‘… If He called them ‘gods’ to whom the word of God came – and Scripture [Old Testament] cannot be broken….’’ 3

#  Jesus declared:

  • The word (Word) of God is Scripture.
  • Scripture is the Word of God.
  • Scripture cannot be broken.

#  Why can’t Scripture be broken?

Besides that it is the Word of the eternal God, it must be available to all people in all ages.  It is imperative that people since about 400 BC (Malachi is the last book of Old Testament) have the same document that expresses the will of God.  The Bible is the map that shows the way to eternal life on the new heavens and earth.

#  Jesus never once doubted the Old Testament Scriptures,

When Judas Iscariot led the crowd, sent from the chief priests and the elders, to arrest Him, Jesus said, ’But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?’ Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit, never doubted the truth and accuracy of the Old Testament.

#  It never once says the word of God came to Jesus.

The reason is that Jesus is God, revealed to us in the New Testament.  He is ‘the Word of God,’ according to John 1:1 &14 and Revelation 19:13, who spoke through the prophets in the Old Testament and the apostles in the New Testament, by the Holy Spirit.  So the word of God did not come to Him, He is the Word.

#  The Old Testament teaches about Jesus.

Paul wrote, ‘…from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures [Old Testament], which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.’ 5

#  God exalted His Word:

It is written, ‘…For you [Lord] have exalted above all things your Name and your Word.’ 6

#  What should our attitudes be?

Followers of Jesus who are filled with the Holy Spirit should have the same attitude as our Lord Jesus.  The Old Testament is the Word of God and thus important for us to hear what God says to us.

Conclusion

Let’s agree with the psalmist, inspired by the Holy Spirit, ‘I have put my hope in your word.’ 7

References

  1. Deuteronomy 6:4
  2. John 10:30
  3. John 10:35
  4. Matthew 26:54
  5. 2 Timothy 3:15
  6. Psalm 138:b
  7. Psalm 119:74, 81, 114, 147

Finally an Extra-terrestrial Being

Humans have the choice to either accept the testimony of the Document (Scripture) or keep on searching ad infinitum for elusive evolved extraterrestrial beings.

What is the Bible about?  Can a short summary of the main plot suffice to give people who are not that familiar with Scripture an idea of what it is about?  What follows is an effort to do that in science fiction ‘pictures.’

#  The invisible Extraterrestrial Supreme Commander (God)

A Special Document (the Bible) was sent to humans.  It reveals that there is a Supreme Commander and He is busy selecting individuals from all people on earth to live on a wonderful, gorgeous planet of astounding beauty and happiness for ever (the new heaven and earth).

#  Doctor Evil

The Document reveals that there was once an extremely gifted being in the Chief Commander’s  government who rebelled and was banned.  He entered the earth as the dictator, ‘Doctor Evil.’  His intent is to ‘immunise’ unsuspecting people with the ‘poison’ that the Extraterrestrial Supreme Commander is very evil.   This master deceiver poses as the ‘liberator’ who helps people to reject the ‘fairy tales’ of the ‘Forged Document’ and escape out of the ‘bondage’ of the evil Cosmic Tyrant, God.

#  Agent ‘Special Blood’

To counter these lies, the Document reveals what humans need to do to escape the clutches of the tyrant, who poses as the saviour of the world.  They need to choose to become part of the Family of the Commander.  For this purpose the Commander has a special Agent, code named ‘Special Blood.’  Aka Jesus, in case you wondered.  He saves people from the tyranny of the evil one.

# Doctor Evil’s future

What Doctor Evil conceals, is his future doom.  As a rebel outside the Commander’s Family, he will be banished to a lake of burning sulphur, at the end of time.  There he and his followers (humans who believed his lies and his invisible helpers (fallen angels) will be tortured day and night eternally.  About that his lips are sealed.  Logically!

#  Two options 

People have a choice: they can follow the advice given in the Document and escape the chains of Doctor Evil, or accept the eventual doom that accompanies the followers of the evil genius.

Conclusion

While the world is desperately seeking for signs of extraterrestrial life (guided by Doctor Evil), we have evidence in the Document (Scripture) of the existence of the Supreme Extraterrestrial.  That gives humans the choice to either accept the testimony of the Document (Scripture) or keep on searching ad infinitum for elusive evolved extraterrestrial beings.  So like Doctor Evil, they miss the glorious life that is waiting for the followers of the Supreme Commander.

Tantalising questions about the Bible

There was close cooperation between God and the human writers of the Bible.

There are many Biblical ‘scholars’ who teach that especially the New Testament is not from God.  It is only a human book and there are problems with the human authors.  How do we, as followers of Jesus, respond to that?  First of all, because Scripture is a product of God, it is a mystery in some ways.  For example,

#  God spoke through the prophets and through Jesus.

‘In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe.’ 1

There was close cooperation between God and the prophets and God and Jesus.

#  When Scripture speaks it is God who speaks.

  • The Scripture…announced the gospel in advance to Abraham….’ 2  ‘The Lord had said to Abram….’ 3 We find the same in Romans 9:17, “The Scripture says to Pharaoh…’” and in 11:2, ‘And what was God’s answer….’

There is close cooperation between God and Scripture.

#  God told Jesus what to say and how to say it.

  • Jesus said, ‘…I did not speak on my own accord, but my Father who sent me, commanded me what to say and how to say it.’ 4
  • When Jesus spoke, God spoke because Jesus and the Father are one. 5
  • The book of Revelation begins, ‘The revelation of Jesus Christ that God gave Him.…’ 6

There was close cooperation between Father and Son.

#  God and Jesus revealed their plans to Paul.

  • Paul claims that men did not send him, but Jesus and God the Father did.  ‘Paul, an apostle, sent not from men nor by men, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father….’ 7
  • He is very clear about what he teaches, ‘I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.  I did not receive it from man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.’ 8
  • Paul’s words were God’s words, ’And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of man, but as it actually is, the word of God.’ 9
    • ‘…we speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.’ 10

There was close cooperation between the human writers, Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

Don’t let anybody convince you that Scripture is anything else than a thoroughly God-given product.  It leads to eternal life, as Jesus said, ‘I [Jesus] know that His [God’s] commands lead to eternal life.  So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.’ 11 

References

  1. Hebrews 1:1-2
  2. Galatians 3:8
  3. Genesis 12:1
  4. John 12:49
  5. John 10:30
  6. Revelation 1:1
  7. Galatians 1:1
  8. Galatians 1:11-12
  9. 1 Thessalonians 2:13
  10. 1 Corinthians 2:13
  11. John 12:50