Just A ThoughtApril 24, 2023
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All of scripture is encouraging when you see it through the lens of the finished work of Jesus. What the Old Testament spoke of was in shadows yet to be fulfilled. The Gospels present the story of Jesus as He lived under the direction of the Ten Commandments. He was sin-less and identifying with man, lived under the Law. Yet, He continued to aggravate others who couldn’t see who He was—the Messiah, the fulfillment of God’s promised savior, deliverer, and redeemer.
What happens many times when we read scripture, especially New Testament, is we interpret Paul’s letters and other NT writing through the lens of the Law. What Jesus fulfilled for all who believe really transcends the Law. The Law had its place, but the Cross fulfilled the Law. The Pharisees and others couldn’t get past what they knew to receive something more. They couldn’t see the fulfillment of what God promised. There was a disconnect, and they were staying on the side of the law, not ready to move forward into God’s abundant blessings.
Romans 15:4 (ESV) puts it this way. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
We can read the Old Testament but let’s read it from the perspective of the Cross, as it looked ahead to what would be fulfilled. We don’t want to camp out on the other side of Jordan and miss out on the blessings of the promised land. Let’s understand the instruction, and with the encouragement of scripture, let’s push on forward allowing God’s promises fulfilled through Jesus in the New Testament to increase our hope in God’s goodness. The encouragement of scriptures gives us hope.