Faith
Wednesday February 3, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
FAITH COMMENTARY
"Both “Old & New” Include Christ "

Many opinions exist concerning the significance of the Old Testament. Let’s examine a few of them and give them the New Testament test. Perhaps you have heard:

The Old Testament has beautiful stories but the New Testament has Jesus and that’s what’s important, after all,

The New Testament Words of Christ are in red and this lets us know how to lead our life.

The Old Testament is not as important because “all you need is to be saved!”

The Old Testament served a good purpose for the time it was written, however the New Testament now takes its place.

To address these issues we need to put on our helmet of imagination and join the Roman soldiers at Calvary where Jesus is teaching as He sheds His blood for us. This setting from the New Testament takes root in the 22nd Psalm.

The 22nd Psalm is a Psalm of David; a prophecy written almost a thousand years before Jesus was crucified. Our imagination allows us to be there witnessing Jesus as He is dying on the cross, teaching us that the Bible’s words ring true.

In the New Testament, Christ speaks in Matthew 27:46 KJV:

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

Christ is quoting from the Old Testament in Psalms 22 verse 1 KJV:

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?”

My God, My God, is David’s words as Jesus never called His Father “God”. He always called Him “Father”.

Christ illustrates further in Psalms 22 verses 6-8 KJV:

[6] “But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

[7] All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying,

[8] He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”

Here Christ is describing what He confronts and you realize these verses were written more than 980 years before the crucifixion.

Psalms 22 verses 13 -17 KJV describes in detail what Christ endured for us as it reads:

[13]“They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

[14] I am poured out like water, and all my

 

 

 


 

bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

[15] My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

[16] For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

[17] I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.” Here we can feel the love that Christ truly has for us.

Psalms 22 verse 18 reads:

They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.”

Here Jesus is letting us know that David’s prophecy is being fulfilled as David includes the details of the Roman soldiers gambling for Christ’s clothing. Yes, as he was dying on the cross, Christ taught all these things using David’s words. And yes, David prophesied these events almost a thousand years earlier.

You know, as Christ was dying, he was teaching that His word is true and that prophecy is fulfilled. Old Testament prophecy is concluded in the New Testament as Christ is the word and His word is the Bible; “All of it”.

The New Testament test is complete as we see how Matthew is connected to the 22nd Psalm. The 22nd Psalm gives us renewed faith that Jesus Christ has been present from the beginning. To exclude the Old Testament would be like buying a new pair of shoes and throwing one away.


 

 

 

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Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at billy@lakeshorebible.info or viewed online at www.lakeshorebible.com