Saturday, December 17, 2016

Old Testament A Preoccupied Shadow Of Jesus

And the New Testament

The Old Testament (O.T.) is the New Testament (N.T.) concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The Old Testament is like a signpost in darkness pointing forward toward the New Testament reality. It is a shadow of that reality, a foresight of things to come, a foretaste of God's bountiful table. It is an anxious anticipation of the fulfillment of hope, a prescience book describing the coming revelation of God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, His O.T. prophesied Messiah.

If your knowledge of God is Mental only, Obedience of God's O.T. Law is the obedience of compulsion, obligation or fear, but Spiritual Obedience of God's will, contained in the law, is a willing heart submitting one's own will to His will. It is a desire and the "delight of the heart". David, a man after God's own heart, prayed...  "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart." Psm.40:8

David also prayed to know God's will more completely because He is our God, and He is good, and David's desire and delight was to live in the uprightness of God's will within God's law. "Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness." Psm.143:10. Yes, David also sinned and he disobeyed God in his fleshly weakness, from time to time, but that only proved he was human, not divine, and would, like us, have been hopeless without God's grace, forgiveness and salvation.

Jesus taught us to pray, as David prayed, for God's will. The so called "Lord's Prayer" is not His prayer but a "model prayer" for us, not for Him. In it, the model prayer, asks, "Forgive us our sins....", but Jesus had no sins. We are the sinners. In that prayer, He also taught us to pray for God's will "in earth"In our lives and the lives of others. But God's will is not just a matter of the law, it is a matter of the heart. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matt.6:9-10

Jesus not only taught us to pray for God's will, but He set the example in his own prayer preceding his crucifixion... "And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Matt.26:39.
Jesus' flesh resisted death, didn't want to suffer, but the Spirit of Christ in him 'yielded willingly to God's perfect will and purpose. With this he cautioned his disciples to .... "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matt.26:41

There are three levels of faith, (1) Simple Salvation Faith "For by grace are ye saved through faith...."; (2) Miracle  Working Faith. If Jesus had stopped praying after he prayed, "let this cup pass from me....", a miracle would have crushed his enemies and his father would have delivered him from being crucified and there would be no salvation for us. That, of course, couldn't happen because his death was prophesied and he came to die in his flesh. (3) Faith to yield our will to God's perfect will regardless the pain, loss or death itself. “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil.2:8. Mary, the virgin Mother of  the Jesus' body, which Christ occupied, came to that third level of faith when she prayed, "... be it unto me accordng to thy word ...." Lk. 1:28. Even though she was a virgin, and pregnancy was humanly impossible, and nobody would believe her. Everybody would think she was lying and an immoral woman, and she might lose Joseph, as well as her reputation, she still yielded to God's will.... "... be it unto me according to thy word ....". 

The Old Testament was a preoccupied shadow of Jesus and the New Testament:

1. For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. (The blood sacrifice of animals could never Cleanse, make whole, justify or forgive sin. RB).

2. For then would they not have ceased to be offered??? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience (guilt) of sins. (If those animal sacrifices were sufficient they would have ceased to be offered. Once would have been enough. RB)  
3. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made for sins every year. (Each year their sins were pushed forward again awaiting the time when Christ, as the Lamb of God, would fulfill the animal sacrifices, taking the O.T. saints' sins upon his own body once and for all. RB) 
4. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (They were only a shadow type of what the Lamb of God would do)
 5. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: (Jesus),
6. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. (Satisfaction).
7. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. (The entire O.T. points forward to Jesus Christ. RB).
8. Above (v.5-6) when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9. Then said he (Jesus), I come to do thy will, O God (v.7) He taketh away the first (Testament or Covenant), that he may establish the second (Testament or Covenant).
10. By the which will (His last will and testament) we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Heb.10:1-10.
"Once and for all"
"Once and for all"
"Once and for all"
No one can take anything from or add anything to the Sacrifice Jesus body. All we can do is accept it freely and stop trying to "earn it" or "deserve" it. RB