THE PLACE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
"How should we read the Old Testament?" was the question a certain Bible College lecturer posed. He answered himself with the statement: “Ask Jesus!”
This is how Believers are to relate to and be involved with everything in the Old Testament, relating to it as Jesus did:
1. He asserted that Old Testament prophecies and types predict and foreshadow Him:
"’ ... all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me’ ... He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures,” Luke 24’44-45.
"The Scriptures ... are they which testify (bear witness) of Me,” John 5’39.
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up,” John 3'14.
2. He confirmed that Old Testament persons were real persons:
Like Abel and Zechariah: "from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple,“ Luke 11’51.
And Abraham: “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM,” (John 8’56-58).
3. He confirmed that Genesis chapters 1-11 are historical:
" ... from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female,” Mark 10'6.
"Remember Lot’s wife”, Luke 17’32.
"For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark," Matthew 24’38.
Jesus presents the Old Testament as:
literal, historical, prophetical, typological, poetical
and its people are real persons and their lives are real examples.
All these things go to show that the Old Covenant/Testament is absolutely indispensable!