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

Jesus is the Word of God

Revelation 19:13 says ‘…his (Jesus Christ’s) name is the Word of God.’ That means, when we read the Bible, it is Jesus who speaks to us.

Revelation 19:13 says ‘…his (Jesus Christ’s) name is the Word of God.’  That means, when we read the Bible, it is Jesus who speaks to us.  God doesn’t lie, so we know it is true. Let us look at three examples:

#  It takes effort to enter

Someone asked Jesus, ‘Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?’ 2  His answer was clear, ‘Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.’ 3  How do we make that effort?  The effort has to do with how we handle Scripture, because it is the key to enter the Kingdom.

#  Do we gather or scatter?

Jesus said, ‘‘He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.’ 4  How do we gather?  Gather has to do with how we see Scripture.  Is it the inspired wonderful Word of God, or just a book?  The one who gathers will not be shy to tell people about God’s Life Giving Book.

#  Do we acknowledge or disown?

Jesus said, ‘Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.’ 5  Are we ashamed of what the Bible (Jesus) teaches?  Then He will be ashamed of us.  When we are willing to acknowledge that what Scripture teaches, leads to eternal life, Jesus will acknowledge us before   His Father.

#  Why are the sayings of Jesus important?

Jesus warns us in the Bible that there is someone walking around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he can devour.  He is the devil, the murderer.  Whether we like it or not, we live in enemy territory.  The enemy harasses us and attempts to shipwreck our faith.  He influences people to lead honest seekers of the Lord astray.  We have to be on our guard.  And it boils down to the Word.  Jesus is the Word of God.  We cannot separate the two.

Conclusion

The important aspect for faithful followers of Jesus is to realise every day how wonderful it is that God speaks to us through Scripture.  It is such a treasure.  That is why the devil tries his best to keep us away from the Bible.  We should be on our guard not to let go of that precious gift because some ‘scholar’ claims that this or that is wrong with Scripture.

References

  1. Titus 1:2
  2. Luke 13:23
  3. Luke 13:24
  4. Matthew 12:30
  5. Matthew 10:32-33