The Old Testament WAS the Bible Jesus used; it is our heritage, our story, our beginning. Don’t disregard it.
Proverbs 20:21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
Did Jesus quote this verse before He told the story of the Prodigal Son? No, but was it in the minds of those who were listening? Likely–at, least in the minds of the Pharisees and teachers of the law who were present (Luke 15:1-2). Was Jesus aware of the verse? Of course! He wrote it (in a manner of speaking)!
The Old Testament history is OUR history. It’s HIS-Story of how God interacts with us. DON’T THROW THAT AWAY! What IS done away with is the sacrificial system. Why? Because Christ fulfilled the requirements once for all.
Hebrews 9:24-28 For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. Nor did he enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. Then Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself. Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.
Romans 6:8-11 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
Paul and the writer of Hebrews use the OT to explain the Gospel. We should not be afraid to read it and use it, too. Just don’t dwell there; the best part is in its fulfillment through Jesus Christ!
Let’s live for the Lord today counting ourselves dead to sin, but alive to Christ. May we use the whole story of the Gospel as we share Jesus with those around us.
A Man and His Sons