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The Old Testament

The Old Testament

the Old TestamentOften times Christians and Bible students get hung up with the Old Testament and the New Testament conflict. Many people in today’s generation are taught the Old Testament has been done away with and they should focus their study on the New Testament’s teachings.

The problem with focus on the New Testament is the New Testament is simply a testimonial of the prophecies written in the Old Testament. And if we carefully study and look at the Old Testament we would see that it is very much a book that tells the entire story.

The only thing left out in the Old Testament is the confirmation of Jesus coming in the flesh and dying for the sins of mankind as prophesied throughout the Old Testament.

Therefore the Old Testament demands even more of the respect than the New Testament although they are both equal because they are the law and the testimony.

I hope some of the Scriptures below will allow you to understand that both books are essential for your salvation through Jesus Christ.

Look Isaiah chapter 8:

20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Isaiah writes to the law and to the testimony; this is to say the scripture study needs to be according to both the law and testimony. The law is the Old Testament, and the testimony is the New Testament. If people do not speak or teach according to both of them, it is because there is no light in such person.

See Hebrews chapter 10:

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Jesus says He has come to do the will of the Father, and it was written of Him. The volume of the book, the scriptures, were written about Jesus. This was quoted from the book of Psalm.

Psalm chapter 40:

7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Here it is written again for our consumption. Jesus was sent to do the will of the Father, and all the book, the Old Testament, was written about Him.

The scriptures in Luke 24 should be very helpful. Luke chapter 24:

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

After Jesus rose from the grave, He walked among some disciples in Jerusalem disguising Himself. These disciples were taken back by all that took place in Jerusalem concerning His death. Jesus called them fools and slow in mind to believe ALL the prophets have spoken.

Jesus began in the books of Moses, which for us are Genesis to Deuteronomy, and then went on into the books of the prophets, which are Joshua through Malachi. In all of this, Jesus expounded to them in all scriptures of the things concerning Himself. This would mean Jesus read the Old Testament, concerning prophetic events.

Just to show the severity of the Old Testament and its’ prophecies, let’s look at two more scriptures. In Isaiah chapter 61, a major prophecy is written that should really put some things in perspective for us regarding the Old Testament. Let’s see Isaiah chapter 61:

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

In this chapter, all of it was prophetically written about all Jesus would do upon His returns to the earth. How are we sure this Old Testament scripture is about Jesus?

Luke chapter 4 will tell us:

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Jesus custom was to go into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and read the scriptures. Someone gave Jesus the book of Isaiah and Jesus basically opened to chapter 61 and read the same scriptures we just read.

Jesus further told the people that the scripture He read was officially fulfilled in their ears. However, if you recollect Jesus only read the first three verses in Isaiah 61, if you read the remainder of the chapter, you’ll learn of what Jesus will do upon His Second Coming to the earth.

Therefore, the Old Testament is not to be ignored. It is to be studied heavily. Thankfully, BibleStudyMinistry.com does a careful job of studying both testaments, and you’re welcomed to study and read our studies and study yourself.

I pray your strength in the Lord and the Old Testament is a strong part of your study of God’s Word. Blessings to you and yours in Jesus name.

 

Koko Ishe

BibleStudyMinistry.com

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