We can trust the Bible because of its accuracy concerning prophecy. Jesus fulfilled ALL of the Old Testament Scriptures. Here are some big ones…
6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Anytime we read in the Old Testament, we must remember that it tells His Story from beginning to End. To think of Christ as a Newcomer to the scene would be erroneous. Christ was with the Father before Creation. One simply has to read Proverbs 8:22-31 to verify this truth. NOTE: If you read that passage, be aware that some translations use, “given birth,” when the best translation is, “brought forth;” brought forth as what? The Sacrifice: “The Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” Revelation 13:8.
Since we are talking about creation, let’s look at Jeremiah 33.
2 “This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it—the Lord is his name: 3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”
Let’s assume that “calling to Him” means reading His Word. Looking a little further in the chapter, we see that He has a surprise for us:
17 For this is what the Lord says: ‘David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of Israel, 18 nor will the Levitical priests ever fail to have a man to stand before me continually to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to present sacrifices.’”
I consider this passage a Christmas passage because it speaks of the coming of Messiah, who will hold both offices of King and High Priest: His Kingship in Revelation 19:16, and His Priesthood in Hebrews 4:14.
A little further still, we read,
22 “I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”
Here’s where it gets interesting because it’s talking about us! How are we descended from David? How can we be priests? When we received Christ into our lives and the Holy Spirit took up residence in us, we were adopted into the family of God, and Christ became our Big Brother. Romans 8:15-17 says as much:
15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
As for the priesthood, 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 5:10 both refer to us a kingdom of priests. Priests are the go-betweens, the intercessors, the ambassadors for Christ to the world. That’s our new job!
The real tie-in to Christmas is in the wording, “will never fail.” In other words, it will never end. Now, where have we heard that phrase before? Oh, yeah! It’s in Luke 1:32-33, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
The Bible is rich with the promises of God. If we can trust the ones that He has already given us through Christ, then we can trust Him for the ones He has promised us in the future.
Abba, may You continue to reveal Yourself through Your Word. There is SO MUCH there for us to discover about You and Your Plan through Your promises. May we take the time to seek You even as You call us to Yourself. Amen.