From The Beginning

There are a lot of people who have read the Bible, but they say “I don’t know what the Bible is about.” There are some in Christianity who want to remove the Old Testament from their reading or beliefs, because they say it doesn’t matter anymore. However, Jesus clearly had a different take on it while He was on earthy. We can see this from His teaching, in Matthew 5:17, but also in Luke 24:27. The reference in Luke is Jesus talking to two of His disciples after His resurrection. As they were walking together, Jesus kept them from knowing it was Him. We can speculate as to why Jesus did this, but it doesn’t really matter. It was what Jesus said that important. Luke 24:27 says, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”

Did you notice that phrase “beginning at Moses”? It is a reference to the first five books of the Law, known as the Torah. It is where the Law is given in the Old Testament. Jesus is saying that from the very beginning, the Bible pointed to Him. The first promise of a Savior was given in Genesis 3. The promise that the ultimate Prophet would come was given in Deuteronomy 18:15, and there were many other promises about a coming Savior in the Law. Even in the books of the Prophets, we can see Jesus clearly. Most of the books of the prophets had a similar theme. They would begin by showing Israel’s sin, but end with the promise of restoration. The way they would be restored would be by God. This is pointing us to mankind’s problem, but also God’s solution. We are all sinners, and it took the grace of God to make a way for us to be restored to a right relationship with God. Maybe you are wondering why does this matter? It matters because I should always be looking for Jesus in my Bible reading. I shouldn’t see myself as the hero of a story, because I’m not. The hero is Jesus. It also matters because the theme of Jesus is what ties the Bible together into a single, cohesive meaning. This means that I should not neglect any part of the Bible. While we don’t live under the Law, but under grace, that doesn’t mean the Old Testament isn’t important. Paul says that the Law acts as a teacher to bring us to Jesus. It shows us our sin while also revealing the holiness of God. This allows us to see our sin, but also to point us to the Savior. Therefore, if you haven’t taken time to read through the Old Testament in a while; start tomorrow. When you are reading through it, ask yourself the question, how is this pointing me to Jesus? What do I learn about God in this text? You just might be surprised by how much you enjoy reading the Old Testament, when you read it as it was meant to be read. It will help the New Testament come alive in ways you never saw before. What a blessing!

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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