I. Introduction: *March 29th, 2020 article will touch on a couple of similar points…
A. When you open you copy of the Scriptures you see and Old and New Testament. We do not live under the authority of the Old (Colossians 2:6-15).
- The “Law of Moses” wasn’t intended to be the Law for all people nor was it intended to last (Deuteronomy 4:44 and Jeremiah 31:31-34).
- You can see the Law and the prophets coming to an end in authority and when the Law changed (Luke 16:16 and Hebrews 9:15-17).
- There is a clear distinction in what was taught during “Old Testament times” and from the first century forward. What Christ began (John 1:17) was taught to EVERYONE (Matthew 28:16-20).
- What is wrong is to fail to recognize both Testaments as the words of our Lord (Deuteronomy 5:5 and I Samuel 15:10).
- It is wrong to fail to realize the value of all Scriptures (II Timothy 3:15-17).
- It is also wrong to confuse the change in authority means the words are gone (Psalms 119:89).
- Furthermore, as we are about to examine, we ought not think that time spent in the Old Testament is time spent away from learning about Christ.
II. Body: Our Lesson Is About Seeing Jesus In Both Covenants (Psalms 40:6-8 and Hebrews 9:28-10:10).
A. Jesus taught of Himself using Moses, the prophets, and the Psalms (Luke 24:27 and Luke 24:44).
- Moses spoke of Christ (Deuteronomy 18:15-19; cf. Acts 3:18-26).
- The prophets spoke of Christ (Isaiah 53:1-12; cf. Acts 8:25-39).
- The Psalms spoke of Christ (Psalms 2:7; cf. Acts 13:32-33).
- Can you separate Jesus from “the word”? When Jesus came into the world, it was said that “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14).
- Jesus has been active since the creation (Ephesians 3:9, Colossians 1:12-18, and Hebrews 1:1-11).
- So, whether we talk about the beginning or even to the end, you cannot remove Jesus (Revelation 22:12-16).
- His identity, even now, continues to be “the Word” (I John 5:7).
- He was that Rock that went with them (Exodus 13:21).
- Think about how that information enlightens us as we consider the Shepherd of the Sheep throughout the entirety of the Scriptures (Psalms 77:20, Isaiah 63:11-13, John 10:11, and I Peter 2:21-25).
- It certainly fits (Ezekiel 34:11-16 and Luke 19:1-10).
III. Conclusion: If you want to know Jesus, the whole book is necessary (John 5:39).
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