Memorise Luke 24:4
“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets”
If you were to just look at the physical makeup of your Bible, you would realize that more than three quarters of it is made up of what we call the Old Testament (OT). Out of the 66 books of the Bible, 39 of them are from the OT, and 27 from the NT, yet most Christians today are far more familiar with the New Testament (NT). Many churches also seem to have a much greater focus on the NT, and in so doing, neglect the majority of the Bible. When they do so, they miss out a huge portion of precious Holy Scriptures that God has given to His children for their blessing. One may ask what relevance the OT has for us today, seeing that it is but a bunch of old records of things that happened thousands of years ago.
Well, we must realize that the whole Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, has great purpose and meaning for us, even today. In Luke 24 we see the resurrected Jesus meeting a pair of His disciples on the road to Emmaus. They were still mourning for the perceived loss of their Master, for they did not realize that the Bible had clearly prophesied that Jesus would rise again. It was at that moment that Jesus then rebuked them, and beginning at Moses, i.e. the beginning of the Old Testament, He patiently instructed and explained to them from ‘all the scriptures’ about the things concerning Him. These scriptures that He was referring to was none other than the complete Old Testament that the Jews would all be familiar with. In verse 27 it was described as ‘Moses and all the prophets’, and later in verse 44 it was ‘the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms’. What is clear from these descriptions is that Jesus was to be clearly seen and understood from the writings of the OT. The books of prophecy and poetry, the types, foreshadows and prophecies concerning Jesus all throughout the law should have been clear enough for them to understand.
As we go through all the books of the Old Testament, we must realize that they are far more than a collection of nice stories and wise sayings. They are the very words of God that spoke of the living Word of God, Jesus Christ, who was to come as the Saviour, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. It is an amazing unfolding drama of redemption that we will follow over the next three months as we journey through the OT.
Thought: Learning about the Old Testament is to learn about Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Lord prepare my heart as we start this new series on the OT.