Tag Archives: Jesus in the Old Testament

November 13; On Every Page

Acts 5:17-7:53

Many people find the Old Testament hard to read. It’s repetitive, long lists of hard to pronounce names, accounts of things that happened so long ago, who even cares?

Well, Stephen for one. His 53 verse sermon is an overview of Old Testament Scripture. He knew the Old Testament pointed to Jesus as the Messiah, and he wanted everyone to know it, too.

I hope you’ll read what Stephen had to say about the Old Testament, about how God worked in and through a nation of people to prepare the world for His Son. Then I hope you’ll turn to the pages of the Old Testament for yourself and read first hand what God wants you to know.

Don’t read it merely as a history book, but as God’s love letter to you. Get to know Him by reading about Abraham, Joseph, Job, David, Esther, Daniel… Put yourself in their stories and hear God tell you how much you are loved, how He longs to fellowship with you, and how He works in your life to bring about good. Understand that He is the same God today as He was back then, and He wants you to know Him.

And He wants you to see Jesus. The entire Old Testament is a beacon pointing the way to the Savior. I believe you, like Stephen, will see Jesus on every page.

Ezekiel 37-44; Beyond Feet and Inches

Ok. Confession time. When I read chapter after chapter of measurements and building plans, by mind shifts into neutral. I have to continually go back and reread portions because I realize I was reading words, and thinking about something else. Ugh. It’s frustrating.

I’m not even sure why God felt it necessary to go into such detail over a temple in a vision. Well, until I pulled out my friend, Matthew Henry. He revealed to me the glorious truth in these details, and I want to reread these chapters again just so I can see Jesus there. I had been concentrating on the yard stick, and nearly missed the truth.

These details are given us to show the intricate workings of God in the Church, His grace, Jesus’ position as our High Priest. It’s so cool!

From the vastness of the temple itself, to the exact measurements of the doors, Henry suggests is a picture of the grace of God making room for Jews and Gentiles alike who enter the exact same way. The vision of the Glory of God pictures Jesus as the Living Water and the Light of the World. And Henry points out there is no cloud this time!

“for we now ‘with open face behold the glory of the Lord,’ in the face of Christ…” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary in One Volume; Zondervan Publishing House, 1961; page 1077)

I don’t usually recommend that you read a commentary, but if you can get hold of a copy of Henry’s, I hope you read what he says about what he calls the “mystical temple” described in Ezekiel’s vision. Then read God’s Word again and get the picture of how amazing God’s Church is, how intricate is His temple (you and me, the places God dwells on earth today) and how glorious His work of grace.

I challenge you to set aside the feet and inches, and see God in all His glory! To think we are a part of that.

Amazing.

Isaiah 31-35; Isaiah and Jesus

Jesus is everywhere in these chapters. The Gospel, the Church are depicted in glorious reality. I am reminded that the people to whom these words were initially written were looking forward to the Messiah. And God, through Isaiah, draws a parallel between their lives as Jews B.C. with Jesus and His Kingdom A.D. It’s so beautiful!

Matthew Henry calls the brick and mortar city of Zion, “a type and picture of God in the world.” (Commentary in One Volume; 1961; Zondervan Publishing House; page 877) Jerusalem, he says, is the tabernacle which will not be taken down. God is the protector of Himself, of His Presence in the world, and of we who are the temple of God today: “for in every age Christ will have a seed to serve Him,” from verse 33:20. (Commentary in One Volume; page 876)

Think about what we know of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Think about the amount of blood that was shed by the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament, and the fact that Jesus died once and for all. He caused blind people to see, deaf people to hear, tongues were loosed, the dead were raised. The people who were privileged to meet Jesus in the flesh, saw “the glory of the Lord.”

Then think about what we know about the beginning of the Church. People saw “the glory of the Lord” when the Holy Spirit was poured out from on high on Jews and Gentiles alike. Tongues of fire, a mighty wind, blind people saw (both physically and spiritually), deaf people heard (physically and spiritually)…

Think about what we know about the Gospel. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 4:6) Jesus also said:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (Matthew 7:13-14)

Isaiah spoke about the same thing in chapter 35.

I hope you’ll read these chapters and let God speak to you about Himself, about Jesus, about the Church, and the Gospel. It’s all in there. And it is amazingly accurate considering it was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, thousands of years before we were born.

Be encouraged. We worship the same God who promised Isaiah that He would protect His children. Be strengthened in your determination to stand faithful to the Truth. The battle is the Lord’s. With Him there is no shadow of turning.

God’s Word is alive! Don’t you just love spending time in it?