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"Something New, in the Old"

๐‘€๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐’น๐’ถ๐“Ž'๐“ˆ ๐’ซ๐“‡๐’ถ๐“Ž๐‘’๐“‡: 6/7/2021

๐’ฎ๐’ธ๐“‡๐’พ๐“…๐“‰๐“Š๐“‡๐‘’: Deuteronomy 18:15 / Hebrews 9:8

๐’ฏ๐‘œ๐“…๐’พ๐’ธ: "The Old vs The New"

๐’ข๐‘œ๐‘œ๐’น ๐‘€๐‘œ๐“‡๐“ƒ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐“‰๐‘œ ๐’ด๐‘œ๐“Š,

Lately, I have fallen in love, all over again, with the Old Testament. Periodically, I ask God to show me "something new in the old". I don't have a favorite when it comes to the Old Testament versus the New Testament. Both are equally significant and are to be reverenced to the highest esteem. Some people may disagree if they don't understand the central theme in the Pentateuch. The Pentateuch are the first five books in the bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. There is a clear message provided in the early bible history.

Take a look at the below scriptures:

Deuteronomy 18:15, "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him".

Hebrews 9:8, "The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning".

In the beginning books of the Old Testament, we see the immense love that God has for His chosen people, the Israelites. God used Moses and his brother Joshua, as Moses' translator (they even had a sister who was a Prophetess - Exodus 15:20) to deliver them out of slavery in Egypt, under the authority of Pharaoh, safely back to their promised land, Canaan.

Through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God kept his promises:

  1. The land promised to their future generations.

  2. The promise of multiplicity of offspring.

  3. The promise of redemption and blessings.

Somebody might ask, "Where are you going with this Lady Monica"? I'm so glad you asked. Look at the third promise again. It's the "Redemption" part for me. In my own opinion, what ties and connects the Old Testament to the New Testament books is a central theme: Redemption.

I read in an article recently that some biblical researchers believe that the Old Testament can be completely done with. I disagree. Simply because their is a rich and key message about Redemption. Additionally, the Old Testament foreshadows the ultimate "Redeemer" to come which is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So what exactly is the message? Even in the Old Testament, as strict as the Ten Commandments were and (are), and as serious as God was/is about His love for His chosen people, He promised that current situation wouldn't always last. The plot twist is that in the New Testament, God still provided redemption through the slain Lamb. He offered an easier way to freedom. He offered the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. He offered a newer way to escape bondage. He offered a different type of solution. He offers Salvation in Jesus.

You see, the themes are the same. It's about Redemption. Jesus paved the way for us. I often say if we were living in the old biblical days, we would have never made it with our spoiled ways. We really wouldn't stand a chance. We very much so needed and need Jesus. But we also needed to know our start. Our beginning. And our history. We need to know the alternate of what could have happened. But then there was Jesus. Aren't you glad the Redeemer lives?

Father in the name of Jesus, I thank You for the ultimate sacrifice. I know how much You love Your Son. He was blameless when they nailed Him to the Cross. He was without sin when they drove the nails through His hands and feet. He was pure when they whipped Him. He was full of love when they pierced His side. He was innocent of their allegations when they left Him for dead. Father God what they didn't know was that He was about to rise. Jesus wasn't staying in a tomb. Father God I'm so grateful for that third day. Father God I'm so grateful for that early morning. Father God I'm so grateful for the Victory that Jesus Christ won for us. Father God I thank you for the revelation of the Old and New Testament. Father God I thank You for the power of Redemption that lives in the old and the new.

It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen.


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