CHAPTER 7 – Why Should I Study the Old Testament?


WHY SHOULD I STUDY THE OLD TESTAMENT?

And: In the beginning, Lord, You established the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;.” (Hebrews 1:10)

(Hebrews 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, or again, I will be His Father, and He will be My Son ? 6 When He again brings His firstborn into the world, He says, And all God’s angels must worship Him. 7 And about the angels He says: He makes His angels winds, and His servants a fiery flame; 8 but about the Son: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of justice. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; this is why God, Your God, has anointed You, rather than Your companions, with the oil of joy. 10 And: In the beginning, Lord, You established the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands; 11 they will perish, but You remain. They will all wear out like clothing; 12 You will roll them up like a cloak, and they will be changed like a robe. But You are the same, and Your years will never end.) (Holman Standard)

The primary name for God in Scripture is the majestic name Jehovah, occurring nearly seven thousand times. The early Jews were reluctant to use that name, for fear of using it lightly (Exodus 20:7), and substituted the word Adonai (meaning Master or Lord) in its place. Our English versions have followed suit, using the term “LORD” for Jehovah (all caps to distinguish it from Adonai, or Lord). Thus the name Jehovah appears only four times in the King James, and causes us at times to miss the full impact of the passage.

This is especially true in the New Testament quotations from Old Testament passages which used the name “Jehovah,” for which ” LORD ” has been substituted. Now, in the English versions, the name “LORD” appears. If “Jehovah” (i.e., deity) were read instead, much richer meaning would be gathered, and it would prove beyond a doubt the full deity of Christ. Consider two examples.

First, our text quotes from Psalm 102:25-27. The entire psalm consists of praise to Jehovah, and here in Hebrews 1:10 it addresses the Son. If we read “thou, Jehovah, in the beginning hast laid the foundations of the earth” and realize that Jesus is the subject of the passage, we recognize that Jesus can be none other than the Creator God.

Also, in Matthew 3:3, where John the Baptist fulfilled his prophesied role by teaching “Prepare ye the way of the Lord,” quoting from Isaiah 40:3, we see Jesus equated with the Jehovah of the Old Testament, for Isaiah uses the term Lord, or Jehovah.

In these and many other examples, we see Christ as the Jehovah Jesus, and that the Lord of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New Testament. http://www.icr.org/ JMM

“Romans 8:22 the whole creation has been groaning together” waiting for 15 “his return, having received the authority to be king”

19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude.”

KINSMAN REDEEMER

When the story of Ruth and Boaz is read you find what God directed Moses to reveal to his people about Jesus.

THE TEMPLE

When God gave Moses instructions on how to build the temple He directed him to build it exactly as told, because it is a picture of heaven and Jesus. Understanding how that temple is built gives us insight to GOD Almighty and to our LORD Jesus Christ. The Gate to the temple is Christ. The Door is Christ the Shepherd. The Veil is Christ’s flesh. The Mercy Seat, Christ’s blood shed for us and is over the Law which is underneath the mercy seat in the ark. The Bronze Laver is where we are washed, cleansed when we accept Christ. Candlestick , Loaves of Bread, The Altar, The Incense, etc., Each reveals our eternal home and our GOD and our LORD Jesus Christ. The Temple IS Jesus Christ the Son of God.

COVENANTS OF GOD

Each covenant reveals to us more about God and Jesus Christ and His Love for us. The Covenant with Abraham, HIS Promise to ‘all’ mankind!

THE MYSTERY OF GOD

From before the foundation of the world GOD planned and Jesus revealed to us three great mysteries. 1.The Gentiles will be fellow heirs and of the same body and partakers of His promise in Christ by the Gospel. 2. Now is made known to us “Christ in you”, the hope of glory. Christ and the Holy Spirit within you. Dwelling in you. 3. And the mystery of God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.

THE REVELATION

Jesus gave to John to give to us His last words to reveal to us: we choose Jesus and we have Life and to ALL to not choose Life means hell.

To know all of these things is truly just a glimpse into knowledge of The LORD God our creator and why wouldn’t ALL of His creation choose to know Him?

Luke 19: 11 (Jesus was teaching and) As they were listening to this, He went on to tell a parable because He was near Jerusalem, and they thought the kingdom of God was going to appear right away. 12 Therefore He said: “A nobleman traveled to a far country to receive for himself authority to be king and then return. 13 He called 10 of his slaves, gave them 10 minas, and told them, ‘Engage in business until I come back.’ 14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We don’t want this man to rule over us!’ 15 “At his return, having received the authority to be king, he summoned those slaves he had given the money to so he could find out how much they had made in business. 16 The first came forward and said, ‘Master, your mina has earned 10 more minas.’ 17 ” ‘Well done, good slave!’ he told him. ‘Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, have authority over 10 towns.’ 18 “The second came and said, ‘Master, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 “So he said to him, ‘You will be over five towns.’ 20 “And another came and said, ‘Master, here is your mina. I have kept it hidden away in a cloth 21 because I was afraid of you, for you’re a tough man: you collect what you didn’t deposit and reap what you didn’t sow.’ 22 “He told him, ‘I will judge you by what you have said, you evil slave! [If] you knew I was a tough man, collecting what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow, 23 why didn’t you put my money in the bank? And when I returned, I would have collected it with interest!’ 24 So he said to those standing there, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has 10 minas.’ 25 “But they said to him, ‘Master, he has 10 minas.’ 26 ” ‘I tell you, that to everyone who has, more will be given; and from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away. 27 But bring here these enemies of mine, who did not want me to rule over them, and slaughter them in my presence.’ “

Romans 1:18 For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, 19 since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 20 From the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what He has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools

8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility-not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it-in the hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits-we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees?

Genesis is indispensible:

‘Time’ beginning is presented; ‘in the beginning’, ‘evening and morning’, ‘day and night’.

The Old Testament is the introduction to the New Testament.

The Old Testament explains the New Testament.

The Old Testament Prophets spoke the Word of God to ‘all’ men and has told them Your Purposes.

Your Family Tree includes Jesus-Abraham-Isaac and Jacob

Why does the Bible speak of Law and Grace? He Created us and Loves us. Grace had to be exposed through the Law. The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

What is Grace? He will blot out our sins when we believe Christ is His Son.

What does the Law have to do with Grace? Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Why does God change? He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Why does the Bible contradict itself? It doesn’t. If you have questions ask them.

Why is the Old Testament important? You cannot understand the New Testament unless you understand the Old Testament.

Why do we defend America with force?

How did America become a nation and why should you know how?

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