It’s Only History

26 Jun

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled. (Matthew 26:55-56)

“But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” What an interesting, and clearly wrong, statement that Jesus makes here. After all, everyone knows that all Prophets spoke only to those in their own time period, and only spoke about those in their own time period, and the only value to us which they hold, is in Historical reference.

Except, according to Jesus, not to mention Paul, that isn’t true. The prophets prophesied of Jesus’ betrayal [Psalm 41:9], and of His death and Resurrection [Psalm 22], and everything that they said is still useful for us today [2 Timothy 3:16]. We can just as much from the Old Testament as we can from the new, though the New Testament sometimes states things somewhat more clearly.

The  entire Bible; God’s word, was written for a purpose, and that purpose is never simply to give us some historical facts.–All Scripture is meant to build us, and grow us up to be more like Christ. In the verses quoted above, we see Jesus telling us that through His betrayal, prophecies were fulfilled about Him. But, we aren’t to simply look at Jesus’ betrayal as the only area in which we see Jesus in the Old Testament. A perfect example of this, is Psalm 22, specifically verses fourteen through fifteen:

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint. 
My heart has turned to wax; 
    it has melted within me.
15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, 
    and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; 
    you lay me in the dust of death. (Psalm 22:14-15)

We can see numerous comparisons between these verses (which, by the way, were never actually true of David–These things never happened to him). e.g. A cross puts all your bones out of their joint, which is one of the things which David talks about here.

The point being this: all Scripture is useful, so let’s treat it that way, rather than discarding it on the basis that (in the Old Testament), “It’s only history.” Or that (in the New Testament), “Jesus was only speaking to these particular people, and not to us.”

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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