Jesus told us like it is, but He quoted a lot of the Old Testament. Maybe we should go take a look…?
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. Matthew 7:28-29
When reading Scripture, the thing to remember is, “keep the main thing the main thing.” But, what is the main thing? How do we find it? The best way is to look back into the Old Testament and see if there is a reference to what is going on in the New Testament. One fulfills the other, right?
Take John 2:13-22, for instance,
 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”
 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
 Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
 The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”  But the temple he had spoken of was his body.  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus called the temple His body and His body the temple, which is “biblical topology” (the study of how passages relate to each other). He gave us the true spiritual connection of God and mankind. It was never about a building, but about the relationship.
Originally, when David sought to build a temple for the Lord, God answered,
 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘This is what the LORD says: Are you the one to build me a house to dwell in?  I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Israelites up out of Egypt to this day. I have been moving from place to place with a tent as my dwelling.  Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’” 2 Samuel 7:5-7
God didn’t need a building, and the disciples knew this. But, because the disciples remembered these words of Jesus to the Pharisees, they believed the Scripture—as Jesus interpreted them, as well as all the words that Jesus had spoken to them (John 14:23, for example), which leads us to:
Rules for reading the Bible:
- Typology is a key factor; look for a correlation in the Old Testament to the New Testament.
- We are to interpret OT according to Jesus. He IS the Word. Whatever He says, goes.
- It’s all about relationship; let’s keep the main thing the main thing.
Abba, Your Word is deep–deeper than we can ever fathom–but it’s also straightforward. You don’t obscure truth; it’s there for us to find. I can’t help but think of Proverbs 25:2, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” It’s something You do with us: We discover truth as You reveal it to us. We should never forget that we are very small children to You. Thank You for loving us as a Father. Amen.