This is what God gave today in His word:
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21)
Now, we see Jesus apparently has quite a crowd; after all, this is the person which there is so much controversy over in Jerusalem, people are no doubt interested in what He has to say. And yet, what does He say? Does He give a long and delicate speech on prayer? Does He talk on Repentance? Forgiveness? None of the above. Rather, He simply states that some obscure passage in Isaiah is prophesying about Him. But, why? Why not talk about very important topics, but instead, with no explanation at all, say that some passage in Isaiah refers to Him?
Well, apparently Jesus thought that the crowded would benefit from His telling them that He was fulfilling a prophecy, was what the crowd needed. They had the same problem that several Christians have today: we, and they, tend to look at the Old Testament wrongly. We tend to look at it as lists of rules, and names, and wars, among other things. But it’s really so much more than that.
Jesus was correcting a misconception among all Jews; that we should only look at the Old Testament only in the light of itself, and not as a preparation for the coming of the Messiah.–We tend to have this same problem ourself. We don’t look at the Old Testament through the New Testament, but rather, we tend to see it as an entirely separate part of the Bible from the New Testament, which is a very wrong look at it. We understand, if we look at the Old Testament as it relates to the New Testament, that the sacrifices which the Israelites offered were a foreshadow of Christ, which ceased to have a purpose once Jesus died. We also can see that the ten commandments; forced obedience, were only a foreshadowing of the obedience we should now have to God’s will for our life; an obedience that springs from love, and gratitude for what Jesus has done for us. Likewise we can see many other things, not the least of which are the passage in Isaiah which Jesus referred to, are a foreshadow of things in the New Testament.
So, the question comes, do we believe as the Jew’s did; that the Old Testament is merely there for the sake of historical record, and to, on occasion, prophecy of Jesus? Or do we believe that the Bible is unified, with no flaws nor separations in it?
You are Loved!