Jesus on the Old Testament

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Our God is a miraculous and fiery God. He built the universe, fashioned a man from dust and love, and is holy enough that four unimaginable creatures flying around his throne don’t find eternity long enough to sing His praises.

The God responsible for this soil and the sky above it is the God who is Jesus of Nazareth.

The God of the Old Testament is the God who allowed Himself to be stretched out on an ancient wooden torture device. Who allowed Himself to receive the wrath His children deserved for their hate-filled, prideful treacheries.

The God who authored light and water and air, photons and atoms and gravity, who created by the power of His voice, that God is Father, and is Son, and is Spirit.

The God of Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. The God who is Son is the God who is Creator.

The God of the Gospel was that same God when He named Himself to the world as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The God of Jesus said that that the world’s blessings would come down through the Old Covenant’s Israel and her Messiah, that the Gospel would bleed through those veins.

Don’t be afraid of the Old Testament. Don’t run from the revelations of His wrath in Genesis any more than from Jesus’ wrath against unrepentant idolaters and rapists in Revelation.

Don’t hide from His perplexingly miraculous grace and Gospel-preaching in the story of Jonah.

God was good to the wicked by putting Jonah in the belly of a fish to get him to them. Even if you or I have trouble believing it.

It happened. And it’s good and beautiful it did.

Don’t ignore the rescue from Egypt by fire and frogs and a sea He parted on either side with far more ease than it takes for you to shovel the snow from your driveway.

Below are some places in Matthew where Jesus confirms the Old Testament, but before you read them, just hear me one last time:

The God of the Old Testament is Jesus Christ, and is the Father, and is the Holy Spirit. And He is wonderful, holy, impossibly loving, vengeful against unrighteousness, and gloriously inviting us to enjoy Him forever.

Some of what Jesus said about the Old Testament in Matthew:

1) He spoke words from Deuteronomy repeatedly in rebuking Satan himself (Matthew 4).

2) “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18).

3) “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (from Matthew 6).
-So Jesus said that King Solomon was a real person with real material blessings, just like 1 Kings, 1 Chronicles, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and others say he was.

4) “This [John the Baptist] is he of whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you… For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come’” (Matthew 11:10, 13-14).
-And Jesus said that the Old Testament prophets were Prophets. He also said that they, and the other parts of the Old Testament, told about John the Baptist (among other people and things) in advance.

5) “If the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day” (from Matthew 11:23).
-He confirmed what God did to Sodom in Genesis 19.

6) “He said to them, ‘Have you not read what David did when he was hungry, and those who were with him: how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him to eat nor for those who were with him, but only the priests?’” (Matthew 12:3-5)
-Confirmed that David was a real man who did this while running from Saul just as 1 Samuel 21 says he did.

7) “For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40).
-Said that Jonah was in the belly of the great fish for three days and nights. He also reiterates it in Matthew 16:4.

8) “You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’” (Matthew 15:7-9).
-Said that Isaiah wrote Isaiah.

9) He spoke with Moses and Elijah in Matthew 17. The Moses through whom God parted the Red Sea, led the Israelites out of Egypt, and who died on the other side of the Jordan at 120.

Please don’t fear the Old Testament. Read it and see our God in its pages and its truths, as He clearly intended us to.

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