Jesus in Isaiah 45:22

Isaiah 45:22 “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other.

Is Jesus not the one to whom we should turn?  Yes; see Hebrews 12:2.  Is He not available to us from any place on earth we happen to be?  Yes; see Romans 10:12.

He is God, and there is no other.

To whom else can we turn?  (Psalm 73:25).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jeremiah 45:5 in the Day of the Lord

Jeremiah 45:5 ‘But you, are you seeking great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I am going to bring disaster on all flesh,’ declares the LORD, ‘but I will give your life to you as booty in all the places where you may go.'”

These words that Jeremiah spoke to Baruch on behalf of the Lord are relevant to us today – for we live in the day of the Lord.  The “disaster on all flesh” speaks of the judgment that is upon the earth.  Our “life” speaks to us of the grace the Lord gives us in the midst of this judgment – we who look to Him and live righteously for His sake.

Christ is our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7).  Thus the “disaster on all flesh” passes over us as we enjoy fellowship with the Lamb of God.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Haggai 1:12

Haggai 1:12 …And the people showed reverence for the LORD.

These words were fulfilled in Acts through Revelation.  That is, God raised Jesus from the dead and the people of God – the true people of God – showed Him reverence.  That includes Peter and James and John and Mary and Paul and Apollos and many, many others.

The saints of the New Testament showed reverence for the Lord.  And because they did, we have the New Testament, and through it the knowledge of God’s all-encompassing work through Jesus Christ.

Let us walk in the footsteps of the New Testament church by showing reverence for the Lord in our generation!  (A common biblical exhortation to show reverence for the Lord is the expression “Fear the Lord!”)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Haggai 1:13

Haggai 1:13 …”I am with you,” declares the LORD.

Who is saying this but Jesus Christ our Lord?  And when He says “I am with you,” He means it in the most significant and relevant way possible.  That is, He became one of us.  He became a human being and experienced life as we experience it.  Only He lived it without sin.  None of the rest of us can say that.

This is Immanuel: God with us:

Matthew 1:23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”

What the Lord Jesus declares is eternally true.  He is with us.  Always!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify: Matthew 1:23 is referring to Isaiah 7:14; 8:10; 9:6.)

Jesus in Obadiah 1:15

Obadiah 1:15 “For the day of the LORD draws near on all the nations.
As you have done, it will be done to you.
Your dealings will return on your own head.

Jesus is the Lord and this is His day.  And He is judging us according to our ways.

As we do, so it shall be done to us.  Therefore, let us fear Him and turn away from evil.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the LORD and turn away from evil.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Zechariah 13:6

Zechariah 13:6 “And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will say, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’

Jesus may have been crucified by Roman authorities, but it was His friends – His own countrymen – who turned Him over to the Romans.  Thus the apostle John says:

John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.

“Did not receive Him”?  That’s putting it mildly.

He was rejected by the nation that had the most reason to accept Him.  That’s how it will be for all those who walk in His steps.  So, do not be surprised when it happens to you.  And, if it does, love those who oppose you as He loved those who opposed Him.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Zechariah 14:17

Zechariah 14:17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

Jesus sent His apostles into the world…to the Jews first.  The King was Jesus of Nazareth, He who was crucified with the sign “King of the Jews” hung above His head.  He was made Lord of all (Acts 10:36) – thus He was “Lord of hosts.”

Gifts of the Holy Spirit were poured out like rain (Acts 2:17; Hebrews 6:7-9) on those who came to the Jerusalem above (Galatians 4:26).

Let us rejoice in this King…the One who reigns forever and ever!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Malachi 3:3

Malachi 3:3 “He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness.

This is our Jesus…seated in glory.  His eyes are like – well, let me have the apostle say it:

Revelation 1:14 …His eyes were like a flame of fire.

These eyes see into the deepest parts of our soul.  And if we remain mindful of these eyes, they will purge the evil from our hearts, for we only want to think and be motivated by what pleases Him.  Thus will we be purified for Him.  As Paul wrote to Titus:

Titus 2:14 [Christ] gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Thus is Jesus Christ our Lord the fulfillment of what God promised through the prophet Malachi in Malachi 3:3.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jesus in Ezekiel 38:1

Ezekiel 38:1 And the word of the LORD came to me saying,

Is Jesus not “the word of the Lord” to us?  See what the apostle John says about Him:

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

So, yes, Jesus is “the word” of the Lord to us.  John also said this:

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

And so we can see that Jesus is “the word of the Lord” come to us.  And that word says:

1 Peter 1:16 …”YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

Therefore, let us heed the word of the Lord…and be holy unto Him.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify: 1 Peter 1:16 is quoting Leviticus 11:44; 19:2; 20:7.)

Daniel 2:34

Daniel 2:34 “You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.

Jesus – the Messiah – is “the stone” (Psalm 118:22 and elsewhere).  That it was a stone “cut without hands” is a reference to our Creator.  That is, Messiah was not the work of men; Messiah was the work of God.

Messiah’s kingdom struck down and prevailed over Satan’s kingdom of the world.  Thus the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of God through His Messiah (Revelation 11:15).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Genesis 24:36

Genesis 24:36 “Now Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him all that he has.

As Sarah bore Isaac to Abraham in her old age, so ancient Israel bore Jesus of Nazareth to God in her old age.  And as Abraham gave Isaac all that he had, so God the Father gave Jesus all that He had.  As it is written:

Matthew 11:27 “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father…

The Son is indeed “heir of all things” (Hebrews 1:1-2).  Let us therefore worship and serve Him with all of our hearts!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Exodus 4:16

Exodus 4:16 “Moreover, he shall speak for you to the people; and he will be as a mouth for you and you will be as God to him.

In this verse, God is telling Moses to use his brother Aaron as a spokesman.  God is using the following analogy:  As God uses a prophet to speak for God, so Moses should use Aaron to speak for Moses.

I want to draw your attention to the word mouth, and how it is being used as figurative speech for spokesman.  Thus we may say that Jesus Christ is the ultimate spokesman for, or mouth of, God.

In this light, consider this verse (which is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3):

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'”

We, therefore, should heed “every word that proceeds out of…Jesus!”

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 30:30

Isaiah 30:30 And the LORD will cause His voice of authority to be heard…

Consider the connection between the words above from the Old Testament and the words just below from the New Testament:

Matthew 7:28 …the crowds were amazed at His teaching;
Matthew 7:29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

He who had authority in heaven had it also on earth.  And, after His resurrection, inherited all authority that ever was or would be:

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Let us therefore give attention to the One who speaks with this authority!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 30:20

Isaiah 30:20 …He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.

God had taught His people from heaven.  Nevertheless, He gave up the privileges and comforts of heaven to live as one of us – Jesus of Nazareth by name.

Thus the one who spoke the words of Isaiah 30:20 from heaven, spoke these words from earth:

John 13:13 “You call Me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.

The One who spoke from heaven was the One who spoke from earth and who now, – because of His resurrection from the dead – speaks from heaven once again.

The Old Testament and New Testament are thus inexticably intertwined.

(Keep in mind always that The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ.)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 25:9

Isaiah 25:9 And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the LORD for whom we have waited;
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

This is “that day.”  That is, the descendants of Abraham may now say (and have been able to say ever since Jesus Christ accomplished the promised redemption), “This is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.”

The promises of redemption were made

  • some 700 years before Christ to Isaiah (including this verse),
  • some 1,000 years before Christ to David, some 1,500 years before Christ to Moses,
  • some 2,000 years before Christ to Abraham,
  • and some 4,000 years before Christ to Adam and Eve.

God is patient.  And He is faithful.

The wait for the accomplishment of God’s promises was a long wait…but well worth it.  His people can truly “rejoice and be glad in His salvation” – forever.  And “forever” will be infinitely longer than the wait.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Isaiah 25:8

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death for all time,
And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces,
And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth;
For the LORD has spoken.

Through Jesus Christ, God “swallowed up death for all time.”  This swallowing occurred in the Second Coming of Christ when he brought in the new heavens and new earth.  The dead were raised to heaven and Sheol (Hades) was done away (Revelation 21:1).

For this reason we can all say, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21) meaning that there is no way to go but up when we die.

Having done away with death, we can now be free from the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15).

Humans need no longer bear the reproach of death, for our Maker has redeemed us from it.  Let us therefore live for Him!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 31:8

Deuteronomy 31:8 “The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

If we follow Christ it stands to reason that He goes before us.  Indeed, He was the forerunner (Hebrews 6:20) and we run the race that He pioneered for us (Hebrews 12:1-2).  He truly never fails us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5-6).

When following Him, we are walking in His love.  Therefore, we need not “fear or be dismayed” because “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Thus the key is to keep the Lord Jesus at our head:

Micah 2:13 “The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And the LORD at their head.”

Truly, The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 31:7

Deuteronomy 31:7 Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the LORD has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance.

When Jesus was growing up in Nazareth we can imagine His hearing “the call of Moses” as He learned the Scriptures from His earthly parents and from the townsfolk at the synagogue.  (Remember that “Jesus” in Hebrew was “Joshua.”)  As a young Jew, He would have been taught to study and revere the Law of Moses.  For this reason, when He was asked what was the greatest commandment in the Law, He did not hesitate to give an answer.  He had spent the requisite time meditating that Law.  Therefore also He was strong and courageous when it came time to expound it.

The land to which Jesus would lead God’s people was into the new heavens and new earth.  The dead would be raised to heaven and the believing would be raised to resurrection life on earth.  This would be the fulfillment of what God had promised through Moses in Deuteronomy 18:15-18 and elsewhere.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 21:22-23

Deuteronomy 21:22 “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,
Deuteronomy 21:23 his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.

This passage is a somber foreshadowing of what would happen to the Messiah.  Even though Jesus was crucified by the Romans rather than the Jews, nevertheless this ordinance was followed when Jesus was buried on the day of His crucifixion (i.e. His being “hung on a tree”).  And even though Jesus was a man of honor and not a man of shame, yet He was shamed in His death.  That He bore this shame and did not utter threats against those who treated Him so unfairly is to the eternal glory of God.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ezekiel 34:24

Ezekiel 34:24 “And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.

The days were dark in Israel when God made this promise through Ezekiel.  He was looking forward to the time when He would reign over and in His people as the descendant of David whom He promised.  This that time.  We are those people.

God became man in Jesus of Nazareth that He might lead us out of our sins into His righteousness.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 40:8

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.

Who is the one who stands forever but our Lord Jesus Christ. And for this reason He is called “the word of God,” by John (John 1), by Paul (Romans 10 and Titus 1), and by Peter (1 Peter 1 and 2) – but even before all of them by Isaiah (Isaiah 40 and 55).

We are like the grass that withers and the flowers that fade (James 1:10-11).  He is the One who stands forever.  And He stands forever for us!

Truly our God reigns!

Isaiah 52:7 How lovely on the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who announces peace
And brings good news of happiness,
Who announces salvation,
And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

The One who was crucifed reigns supreme!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

2 Samuel 3:17-18

2 Samuel 3:17 Now Abner had consultation with the elders of Israel, saying, “In times past you were seeking for David to be king over you.
2 Samuel 3:18 “Now then, do it! For the LORD has spoken of David, saying, ‘By the hand of My servant David I will save My people Israel from the hand of the Philistines and from the hand of all their enemies.'”

O Christian, you have cried out so often for Jesus to be head, for Him to be truly king of the kingdom of God – not in name only, but in actuality.  So now do it!  Make Him king.  Do away with earthly potentates; that is, set aside human spiritual leaders.  Make Jesus alone the authority.

Pastors, drop your authority and simply preach Him who is the only necessary Shepherd.  Only Jesus can save His people.  We cannot.  Therefore, let us stop standing between Him and His people.  Let the people see Him!

Let the cry of Paul and Timothy become yours:

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 1:37-38

Deuteronomy 1:37 “The LORD was angry with me also on your account, saying, ‘Not even you shall enter there.
Deuteronomy 1:38 ‘Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him, for he will cause Israel to inherit it.

Moses could not get the people of God into the promised land.  Another would have to take on that task.  In the flesh, it was Joshua, son of Nun.  In the spirit, it was Joshua, son of Joseph and Mary.

Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, causes true Israel to inherit the true promised land – which is the entire new creation.

Jesus is our Joshua.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

1 Chronicles 4:10 – The Prayer of Jabez

1 Chronicles 4:10 Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.

The prayer of Jabez should make us think of Christ.  The only impediment to this meditation, of course, would be the request of protection from harm or pain.  However, when you consider that Christ suffered briefly in comparison to the eternal redemption He is, and always will be, enjoying, it does rather seem like the pain mothers experience bringing new life into the world:

John 16:21 “Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain, because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child has been born into the world.

Jesus is thus our Jabez, whose “borders” have been infinitely enlarged – both geographically and chronologically.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Kings 11:17

2 Kings 11:17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they would be the LORD’S people, also between the king and the people.

Paul said that he ministered the gospel “as a priest” (Romans 15:16).  A true priest does what Jehoida the priest did, as described in this verse.  That is, he connects the people of God to their King.  The priest does not try to become the leader of the people of God.  Rather, He points his fellow citizens to the Leader.

This is just what the priest Samuel did at the inception of Israel’s monarchy.  He anointed the king for the sake of the people.  So we should anoint Jesus with our words that He might be the king of the people.  We have no need of popes or pastors in this the post-apostolic age.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Samuel 18:2-3

2 Samuel 18:2 David sent the people out, one third under the command of Joab, one third under the command of Abishai the son of Zeruiah, Joab’s brother, and one third under the command of Ittai the Gittite. And the king said to the people, “I myself will surely go out with you also.”
2 Samuel 18:3 But the people said, “You should not go out; for if we indeed flee, they will not care about us; even if half of us die, they will not care about us. But you are worth ten thousand of us; therefore now it is better that you be ready to help us from the city.”

The people knew that David was the one whom the enemy wanted; their own lives were inconsequential in the light of his.  Therefore, they rightly sought to guard their king at all costs.

For this reason, David’s descendant – the heir to his throne and the Messiah of Israel – said this to Pontius Pilate:

John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

Jesus was bringing in a new covenant, wherein He would reign from heaven and not earth.  This is why David was protected but Jesus was sacrificed.  Once sacrificed, Jesus was raised from the dead, never to die again and therefore never to be at risk from enemies again.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

From Judah Comes the Leader

In the first book of Chronicles we find these two verses [emphasis added, here and throughout]:

1 Chronicles 5:2 Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

1 Chronicles 28:4 “Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.

This idea of Judah being the leader goes back to the prophecy of Jacob:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

And thus Jesus relied upon this prophecy from His earthly ancestor when He pointed out to the Samaritan woman that it was from His side of the house of Israel and not hers that Messiah would come:

John 4:22 “You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

The term “Jew” is, of course, derived from the name “Judah.”

The book of Revelation adds its own emphasis to this unique role for Judah:

Revelation 5:5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

Thus from one end of the Bible (Genesis) to the other (Revelation), the promise of salvation and thus of Messiah is through Judah.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 34:9

Deuteronomy 34:9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Numbers 13:16 tells us that the name Joshua was given by Moses to Hoshea the son of Nun.  This anticipated the naming the Messiah, for in Matthew 1:21 an angel of the Lord instructed the carpenter to name Mary’s child Joshua – the Greek form of which is Jesus.

Thus, Deuteronomy 34:9 foreshadowed Messiah who would be filled with wisdom like no other.  Moses “laid his hands on” Messiah through the Law, for the Messiah heeded all the Law of Moses.  All the true sons of Israel listened to Jesus; false sons of Israel persecuted Him.

Jesus is the greater Joshua.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

We Read the Old Testament Through Christ

Apart from Christ, the Old Testament has no meaning for us and holds no interest for us.  It is an ancient book written for ancient Jews.  What makes it relevant to us is that Jesus of Nazareth was an ancient Jew and He reinterpreted it such as way that we could see it testifying of Him.  That’s what makes the Old Testament relevant to us.

The ancient Israelites heard God’s voice directly.  It so frightened them that they begged Moses to be the go-between:  that is, Moses would listen to God and then tell the Israelites what God had said.  Likewise, Jesus brings to us the words of the Old Testament.  If we cannot understand a passage through Him, we are not interested in hearing it – and this is as it should be.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 53:7

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.

These words could have been written by the apostles who witnessed Jesus being falsely accused at His trial before the Jewish and Gentile rulers.  However, they weren’t.  They were written centuries before His crucifixion by Isaiah the prophet.  Such is the glory of God.  He tells us in advance what is going to happen and yet we still so seldom see it coming.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 42:22

Isaiah 42:22 But this is a people plundered and despoiled;
All of them are trapped in caves,
Or are hidden away in prisons;
They have become a prey with none to deliver them,
And a spoil, with none to say, “Give them back!”

Who would go on God’s behalf to demand that the dead be given back to Him?  Who could make such a demand?  Only Jesus our Lord.  He said to God’s enemies, “Give them back!”  And they did!

As Paul said:

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

And thus the dead were raised at the Second Coming of Christ (see chapters 7 and 8 of The Biblical Case for Everyone Going to Heaven).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 22:21

Isaiah 22:21 And I will clothe him with your tunic
And tie your sash securely about him.
I will entrust him with your authority,
And he will become a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.

These words of Isaiah are fulfilled in our Lord Jesus Christ who, through the plan and power of the Father, became “a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.”  As Isaiah said in Isaiah 9:6, an “eternal father!”

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Jeremiah 50:5

Jeremiah 50:5 “They will ask for the way to Zion, turning their faces in its direction; they will come that they may join themselves to the LORD in an everlasting covenant that will not be forgotten.

Jeremiah is here prophesying of New Testament times, when the Jesus of Nazareth – the promised Messiah of Israel – came to do the great work of God.  For this reason, it says in the New Testament [emphasis added, here and in the verses following]:

Hebrews 12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
Hebrews 12:23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect,
Hebrews 12:24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.

In the following chapter of Hebrews this new covenant was called the “eternal covenant,” making even more clear to us the connection with Jeremiah 50:5:

Hebrews 13:20 Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,

As for being “joined to the Lord,” Paul uses this language in 1 Corinthians:

1 Corinthians 6:17 But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

Let us therefore rejoice over the fulfillment of what God spoke through His prophet Jeremiah!  And let us glory that this covenant has not been forgotten, just as Jeremiah said!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 29:23-25

1 Chronicles 29:23 Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father; and he prospered, and all Israel obeyed him.
1 Chronicles 29:24 All the officials, the mighty men, and also all the sons of King David pledged allegiance to King Solomon.
1 Chronicles 29:25 The LORD highly exalted Solomon in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed on him royal majesty which had not been on any king before him in Israel.

Much like what we saw in this post on 1 Kings 1:47, these verses foreshadow what God would do through Christ.  This is the great transfer of saints from the Father to the Son, which is chronicled in the New Testament.  The mighty men of David became the mighty men of Solomon.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Kings 10:24

1 Kings 10:24 All the earth was seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.

Jesus said, “Something greater than Solomon is here” (Matthew 12:42).  Therefore we can see this verse from 1 Kings foreshadowing what the apostle John wrote:

John 12:19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are not doing any good; look, the world has gone after Him.”

And people are still going after Him today – almost two thousand years after His enemies thought they had Him nailed.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Kings 1:47

1 Kings 1:47 “Moreover, the king’s servants came to bless our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make the name of Solomon better than your name and his throne greater than your throne!’…

We know that Solomon is a type of Christ.  This knowledge helps us to see that the relationship of David and Solomon is a type of the relationship between God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  That is, as David was a man of war and Solomon a man of peace, so God the Father helped Israel in its wars but Jesus would never take up the sword.  Also, as David planned the construction of the temple but Solomon was the one who built it, so God the Father planned the salvation of humanity but Jesus was the one who executed it.  Thus the wish of the servants that Solomon would have a greater name than David has application to God and Christ as well.

What loving father does not want his son to outdo him?  How much more than did God want the name of Christ to be above every name (Philippians 2:9-11).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Matthew Presents Jesus as the Son of God

The Gospel of Matthew addresses many issues appreciated by those familiar with the Hebrew Bible (i.e. the Old Testament).

For one thing, Matthew finds occasions throughout his book to refer to Jesus as the Son of God.  This term had significance for Jews because of its specific use in their Scriptures.  Specifically, 2 Samuel 7:14 (where God says to David about his future descendant “I will be a father to him and he will be a son to me”) and Psalm 2:6-7 (where that descendant, the Messiah, was installed as king of God’s people with the declaration from God to him: “You are My Son”).

Thus 21st-century man hears the expression “Son of God” without always appreciating how Matthew and his readers thought of those words.  Modern man has been conditioned by two thousand years of church theology.  Try to listen to the words as the writer intended them – a writer who knew nothing of the two thousand years of church tradition that would follow him.

Here there are the verses where you can find reference to Jesus being called the Son of God:

Matthew 3:16-17  (Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist and a voice out of the heaven says “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased!”)

Matthew 4:3, 6  (Satan challenges the heavenly statement:  “If You are the Son of God…”)

Matthew 8:29  (Demons address Jesus as “Son of God.”)

Matthew 14:33 (After seeing Jesus calm the storm that had threatened them, Jesus’ disciples exclaimed, “You are certainly God’s Son!”)

Matthew 16:16  (Peter makes his famous confession, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”)

Matthew 17:5  (On the Mount of Transfiguration, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”)

Matthew 26:63  (The high priest at Jesus’ trial asks Him point blank, “I adjure You by the living God, that you tell us whether You are the Christ, the Son of God.”)

Matthew 27:40, 43  (As He is hanging on the cross, mockers call Him “the Son of God” with sarcasm and ridicule.)

Matthew 27:54  (As Jesus is dying on the cross, a Roman soldier says “Truly this was the Son of God!”  It’s not likely that he appreciated the Jewish meaning of the term.  Rather, he probably was using the term of the hour to acknowledge that, yes, there was something altogether unique and godly about this man.)

The identity of Jesus as the Son of God was by no means the only theme Matthew gave his readers.  It was, however, and signficant one.  And only in the resurrection of the Christ could humanity begin to appreciate just how signficant the term was yet to become.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 63:9

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted,
And the angel of His presence saved them;
In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them,
And He lifted them and carried them all the days of old.

In His crucifixion and death, Jesus was certainly afflicted as we are – and more so than most.  The “angel of His presence” also refers to Jesus.  He came as a man and was raised as an angel, yet He is more than a a man and more than an angel.  In His love and mercy He redeems us and lifts us from death.  In fact, He lifts us to heaven!

See Jesus in this verse, for truly the Old Testament is about Him (The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 59:16

Isaiah 59:16 And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.

Jesus of Nazareth was God’s “own arm.”  That is, God came to earth as a man in order to redeem all humanity.  There was “no one to intercede” for Him, so He interceded for Himself!  What a great and wonderful God!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ezekiel 37:24

Ezekiel 37:24 “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.

Do you recognize Jesus of Nazareth being prophesied in this verse?  Read John 10 and see how Jesus describes Himself as this shepherd.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ezekiel 21:27

Ezekiel 21:27 ‘A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I will make it. This also will be no more until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.’

“Until He comes,” is a reference to Messiah.  This prophecy of Ezekiel is reminiscent of Jacob’s prophecy of Messiah found in Genesis [emphasis added]:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

It also reminds us of what the woman at the well in Sychar said to Jesus about the Messiah, not knowing it was the person to whom she was speaking:

John 4:25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”

So much was Messiah referred to as “the One who comes” that John the Baptist asked Jesus if He was “the Coming One”  (the NASB of Matthew 11:3 translates the expression as “the Expected One” but in the margin you’ll see that the literal rendering is “the Coming One”).

The prophecy of Ezekiel above also links with this one from Daniel:

Daniel 7:13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.

Everything in the plan of God was looking forward to when He comes.  Well…He has come!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Hosea 3:5

Hosea 3:5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.

Hosea is prophesying in this verse.  He is prophesying of Messiah.  Messiah was David their king.  That is, Messiah was the great descendant of David promised by God.  By His resurrection from the dead and seating at God’s right hand, He became the Lord as well.  Jesus of Nazareth is that Messiah.  It is Jesus who this verse has in view.  That is, God, through His Holy Spirit, inspired Hosea to write these words hundreds of years before Jesus was born to Mary.  This is the way of God: to promise…and then to perform, for He is faithful.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jeremiah 30:9

Jeremiah 30:9 ‘But they shall serve the LORD their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.

This is the kind of verse which Paul, Apollos, and others would have used to convince fellow Jews that the crucifixion and resurection of the Galilean Jesus was in fact an outworking of the predetermined plan of God (Acts 2:23; 17:2-3; 18:28).  Jesus was “David” because He was a descendant of David according to the flesh.  Being the “son of God” according to Psalm 2 (Acts 13:33), Jesus was the king of Israel (John 1:49).  That He was “raised up” is, of course, the prophecy of His resurrection from the dead.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Jeremiah 23:6

Jeremiah 23:6 “In His days Judah will be saved,
And Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘The LORD our righteousness.’

This verse continues the theme begun in Jeremiah 23:5 – that is, the theme of Messiah.  Thus the “His days” are “Messiah’s days.”  And we know that the Lord Jesus is our righteousness because He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but for those of the whole world (1 John 2:2).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

2 Chronicles 9:23

2 Chronicles 9:23 And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart.

Should we not seek the presence of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, for whom the great King Solomon is but a type?  If the Queen of Sheba traveled hundreds of miles to hear the wisdom of Solomon shouldn’t be be willing to travel a few feet to pray and seek His face?

After all, Solomon had great wisdom but “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” are hidden in Christ (Colossians 2:3).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

2 Chronicles 9:22

2 Chronicles 9:22 So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

Jesus was the greater “King Solomon” who became greater than all who were before Him.  The “riches” He had were His inheritance in the saints and the wisdom He had was the wisdom of God.  He is “the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords” (Revelation 19:16).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 21:8

Psalm 21:8 Your hand will find out all your enemies;
Your right hand will find out those who hate you.

Jesus of Nazareth was God’s “right hand man.”  And Jesus certainly found out God’s enemies – by personal experience!  That is, those who hated God in their hearts took it out on Jesus.

Jesus Christ has been a polarizing figure from the beginning.  He was then; He still is now.  Those who truly love God, love Jesus.  And those who despise God, despise Jesus.

Note that the people who hated Jesus did not think that they hated God.  They just did not know their own hearts.  Otherwise, they would not have crucified Him.

Jesus of Nazareth is a proxy for God.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Exodus 33:21-23

Exodus 33:21 Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;
Exodus 33:22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
Exodus 33:23 “Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

When God walked the earth as Jesus of Nazareth, He did not reveal Himself to be God.  He lived with all the limitations of a human being.  Humanity was protected during that time.  Only after He had passed this way were we able to realize that God had truly been among us.  “Immanuel” was far more intimate that we had ever thought our hoped.

Matthew 1:23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.”

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

The Miracles of Jesus Were Greater than the Miracles of Moses

The signs performed by God through Jesus were greater than the signs performed by God through Moses for the reason that the ministry of Jesus was greater than the ministry of Moses.

Moses’ ministry was great.  There’s no denying, or even downplaying, that.  However, the ministry of Jesus – the second Moses – was greater.

Moses said, “God shall raise up a prophet like me from among your brethren” (Deuteronomy 18:15).  For this reason we can call Jesus “the second Moses.”

Moses was a steward over God’s house but Jesus is the heir over God’s house.

Moreover, Moses tended a house but Jesus built a house.

God gave more miracles through Jesus in order to testify that His work was even more important than the work of Moses.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Deuteronomy 31:3

Deuteronomy 31:3 “…Joshua is the one who will cross ahead of you, just as the LORD has spoken.

These words from Moses foreshadow Joshua of Nazareth, who would one day come to Israel.  As Moses had said more explicitly earlier in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.

As this Joshua of Nazareth Himself said to the religious leaders of His day who challenged Him:

John 5:45 “Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have set your hope.
John 5:46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.
John 5:47 “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Thus His name (“Jesus” being the Greek form, “Joshua” being the Hebrew form) was given to Him by the angel before He was born:

Matthew 1:21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus…

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Leviticus 22:32-33

Leviticus 22:32 “You shall not profane My holy name, but I will be sanctified among the sons of Israel; I am the LORD who sanctifies you,
Leviticus 22:33 who brought you out from the land of Egypt, to be your God; I am the LORD.”

This passage of Scripture is fulfilled in Jesus Christ who draws our hearts out of the world (symbolized by Egypt) to Himself as Lord above (Romans 10:9).

As promised in the Gospel of John:

John 12:32 “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”

In the world we have tribulation, but in Him we have peace (John 16:33).  He is the Lord our God!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Exodus 32:1

Exodus 32:1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.”

Sinful human nature does not like to wait for God.  It becomes impatient and seeks its own way.  The godly wait patiently for the Lord to do what He has promised.

This verse foreshadows what would happen when some perceived that the Lord had tarried regarding His Second Coming.  They forced explanations and developed false doctrines.  Most significantly, they put themselves in the place of Jesus just as the Pharisees had put themselves in the place of Moses.

As a result, the institutional church today values the traditions of its elders more than the word of the Lord through His apostles.  See Mark 7:1-13 for a foreshadowing of this situation.

If you really want to know what happened regarding the Lord’s promise to come again, see Whatever Became of Jesus Christ?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

What God Did Through Christ He Had Promised Long Before Through the Prophets

What God did through Jesus Christ, He had promised long beforehand.  Consider how Paul refers to this fact in the opening of his letter to Titus:

Titus 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness,
Titus 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago,
Titus 1:3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior,
Titus 1:4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

This is the way of God – to announce His intentions to His prophets.  This is so that His prophets might proclaim His intentions – that is, His promises – to His people.  Those promises would be written down, and then once they were fulfilled, all the generations that followed could glorify God for His faithfulness to His word.

Blessed be God, who revealed to His prophets what He was going to do.  As Amos said:

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing
Unless He reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Hosea 12:13

Hosea 12:13 But by a prophet the LORD brought Israel from Egypt,
And by a prophet he was kept.

Historically, this verse describes how God used Moses and the line of prophets which followed him.

Prophetically, the verse describes how Jesus the Messiah brings us out from sin and continues keeping us from it.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Hosea 1:11

Hosea 1:11 And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together,
And they will appoint for themselves one leader,
And they will go up from the land,
For great will be the day of Jezreel.

This scripture is fulfilled in Jesus Christ, for He is the one leader of the united people of God.

Jesus declared Himself to be this one leader:

Matthew 23:10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

There is no reason for us to be confused about who it is we are to follow.  It’s Jesus.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

Jeremiah 30:21

Jeremiah 30:21 ‘Their leader shall be one of them,
And their ruler shall come forth from their midst;
And I will bring him near and he shall approach Me;
For who would dare to risk his life to approach Me?’ declares the LORD.

Here is another prophecy of Messiah, for God indeed became one of us in Jesus of Nazareth.

We did not have the nerve as sinners, but as a sinless man, Jesus had the courage to go before God on our behalf.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 63:9

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction He was afflicted…

Yes, in all our affliction Jesus Christ was afflicted, just as He was tempted in all things as we are, except without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Jesus Christ doesn’t just know what it’s like to live a human life, He knows what it’s like to love as a human when there’s no longer any human reason to do so.  Thus He loved even as the nails were being driven into His hands.

In all our affliction, He was afflicted; and in all our salvation, He was saved:  Micah 2:13.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Do you recognize that the prophet Isaiah is speaking these words on behalf of the exalted Jesus?

Yes, through His resurrection, Jesus is “the high and exalted One who lives forever, whose name is holy.”  He dwells in that high and holy place but “also with the contrite and lowly of spirit.”  He once walked through this valley of the shadow of death Himself.  He knows the difficulties of the path.

Let this Lord Jesus revive your spirit…that you might be raised up to a lofty place as He was.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Proverbs 22:4

Proverbs 22:4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD
Are riches, honor and life.

During His time on earth, Jesus walked in humility and the fear of God.  As His reward, He was raised from the dead to the right hand of God – the greatest place of honor to which a human being – or any being, for that matter – could be raised.  Further, He received as His inheritance the entirety of creation – for He was “appointed heir of all things,” as it says in Hebrews 1:2.  (You couldn’t ask for more riches than that, could you?)  And He was given, to replace the life He lost on earth, an “indestructible life,” as it says in Hebrews 7:16.

Thus “riches, honor, and life” came in abundance in heaven to the One who walked in humility and fear of the Lord on earth.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Proverbs 17:2

Proverbs 17:2 A servant who acts wisely will rule over a son who acts shamefully,
And will share in the inheritance among brothers.

When God came to earth as the Son of God, He did not take to Himself all the prerogatives of a son.  Rather, he took to Himself all the responsibilities of a servant, and thus showed us the way of godliness – which is humility.  Thus Paul would write of Him:

Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,
Philippians 2:6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,
Philippians 2:7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Philippians  2:8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Therefore, let us humble ourselves in this life that we might be exalted in the next.  For if we exalt ourselves in this life we shall surely be humbled in the next.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Proverbs 12:26

Proverbs 12:26 The righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
But the way of the wicked leads them astray.

God came to earth and donned human flesh that He might become “a guide to His neighbors.”  Thus, Jesus Christ is “the righteous” – and this is confirmed explicitly in 1 John 2:1.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ecclesiastes 8:14

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is futility which is done on the earth, that is, there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility.

Thus the wise preacher foretold the day when Jesus of Nazareth would be crucified while Pontius Pilate, King Herod, the Pharisees, and Sadducees were all able to eat at their own tables and sleep in their own beds that night.

This is the futile way things can look “under the sun.”  And this is why we must always look beyond the sun for meaning and purpose.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

2 Chronicles 2:1

2 Chronicles 2:1 Now Solomon decided to build a house for the name of the LORD and a royal palace for himself.

This Scripture was fulfilled in New Testament days, during which we see the “greater Solomon” (i.e. Jesus) building a house for the name of the Lord.  As it says in Hebrews:

Hebrews 3:5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;
Hebrews 3:6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house–whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

The New Testament church, which became the kingdom of God once it was purified, was the house Jesus built for the name of God.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 28:4

1 Chronicles 28:4 “Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel.

Can you see how Jesus is foreseen in this verse?  He Himself stood in that same hereditary line.  It was Judah to Jesse to David to Jesus.  This is why we find genealogies in the Bible.  It mattered to whom the promises were given.

In Genesis, it was specified that Messiah would come from the line of Judah:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

And as David was a descendant of Judah, 2 Samuel 7:12-13 further specified that Messiah would be a descendant of David’s which would, ipso facto, make Him a descendant of Judah’s as well:

2 Samuel 7:12 “When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.
2 Samuel 7:13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Thus we can easily picture Jesus coming of age and speaking to God in the same way that David did in 1 Chronicles 28:4.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

1 Chronicles 12:23

1 Chronicles 12:23 Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.

As the faithful of Israel turned the kingdom Saul to David, so the faithful of 1st Century Israel turned the kingdom of flesh to the kingdom of Christ.  The leadership of fleshly Israel had crucified Jesus.  The resurrected Jesus drew to Himself all those Jews who truly loved God.  Once that had been achieved, He began drawing the God-fearing Gentiles (John 10:16)…until all true Israel was saved (Romans 11:26) and the kingdom had come.

Thus this Scripture from 1 Chronicles was fulfilled in New Testament times – as we can see by reading the book of Acts and the Epistles.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 28:21

Isaiah 28:21 For the LORD will rise up as at Mount Perazim,
He will be stirred up as in the valley of Gibeon,
To do His task, His unusual task,
And to work His work, His extraordinary work.

When the Lord was raised up from death and brought back to heaven, His unusual task – His extraordinary work – was to redeem His creation from all harm.

It’s a work so great that some do not believe even when it is described to them.  Thus Isaiah and Habakkuk are talking about the same great work:

Habakkuk 1:5 “Look among the nations! Observe!
Be astonished! Wonder!
Because I am doing something in your days–
You would not believe if you were told.

Let us, however, not be among those who disabelieve or doubt.  Let us believe in the mighty work that God has done through Jesus Christ.  And let us honor Him for it!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 22:28

Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the LORD’S
And He rules over the nations.

The king of the kingdom of God is the Lord Jesus Christ: He who descended from heaven to bring us back with Him when He ascended. From there, He rules over the nations, for:

Revelation 11:15 …The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.  (King James Version)

One God saved us: He who was, and is, and will always be.

He did not send a part of Himself – rather, He Himself came for us, and redeemed us from our sins by His blood (Revelation 1:5).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 24:1

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

He who created the world is He who redeemed it.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Samuel 10:1

1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?

This verse from 1 Samuel foreshadows what happened to Jesus as He began His ministry:

Luke 3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened,
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”
Luke 3:23 When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age…

The anointing of Samuel (i.e., the anointing of Israel’s first king) also foreshadowed the great day of Pentecost when Jesus, having received the Holy Spirit from the Father, poured out  that same Spirit on those who believed the message of the apostles:

Acts 2:33 “Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.

If this way of reading the Scripture is not familiar to you, see The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 116:15

Psalm 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.

Who was more godly than Jesus of Nazareth?  And, therefore, whose death would have been most precious in the Lord’s sight?

We should not be surprised therefore that Jesus was raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God, far above the station of anyone else!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 25:14 – The Secret of the Lord Is That Jesus Is God

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.

“The Lord” in this verse is, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ.  His secret is His identity as God, for so much of the world thinks of Him as distant figure of 1st-century Jewish history.  The covenant He offers is the “new covenant” in His blood (Luke 22:20).  Through this covenant we are able to partake of all things pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

This is the purity and simplicity (2 Corinthians 11:3) of the gospel of Christ:  Jesus is our Lord, and we live to obey and honor Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:10 – Messiah Quenches Spiritual Thirst Through His Spirit

Isaiah 49:10 “They will not hunger or thirst,
Nor will the scorching heat or sun strike them down;
For He who has compassion on them will lead them
And will guide them to springs of water.

Isaiah prophesies of Jesus who would come to satisfy the hunger and quench the thirst of those seeking righteousness:

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Jesus points out here that Isaiah’s words spoke of a better kind of water:

John 4:13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again;
John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Jesus promises here the never-ending supply of living water through His Holy Spirit:

John 7:37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'”
John 7:39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Thus Isaiah’s words were fulfilled in Messiah – specifically, the Spirit whom Messiah gives.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:9 – The Son Sets Us Free

Isaiah 49:9 Saying to those who are bound, ‘Go forth,’
To those who are in darkness, ‘Show yourselves.’
Along the roads they will feed,
And their pasture will be on all bare heights.

This verse speaks of Jesus the Messiah.  He says to those who are bound in sin, “Go forth!”  And He says to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”

As the New Testament says of Jesus:

John 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 “For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
John 3:21 “But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”

Truly, Messiah sets us free:  “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:8 – Christ Has Brought About the Day of Salvation

Isaiah 49:8 Thus says the LORD,
“In a favorable time I have answered You,
And in a day of salvation I have helped You;
And I will keep You and give You for a covenant of the people,
To restore the land, to make them inherit the desolate heritages;

These words Isaiah wrote in prophecy of the days of Christ.  As Paul himself wrote to the church in Corinth, quoting this verse:

2 Corinthians 6:1 And working together with Him, we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain–
2 Corinthians 6:2 for He says,
“AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU,
AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION”–

Thus Paul and the rest of the apostles are continually demonstrating their belief that what we call the Old Testament Scriptures are all about Christ.  (For more on this idea, see The Old Testament (that is, the Hebrew Bible) Is About Jesus Christ.)

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:7 – The Despised One Became the Honored One

Isaiah 49:7 Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and its Holy One,
To the despised One,
To the One abhorred by the nation,
To the Servant of rulers,
“Kings will see and arise,
Princes will also bow down,
Because of the LORD who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel who has chosen You.”

How can “the despised One,” “the One abhorred by the nation,” also be the One whom “Kings will see” and “princes will bow down,” unless it is Jesus Christ – crucified and raised from the dead!

These kings and princes are certainly included among the “every knee” that Paul mentioned in this glorious refrain:

Philippians 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Philippians 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Philippians 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

As it says in Psalm 118:22, “the stone which the builders rejected became the chief corner stone.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:6 – Messiah Was a Light of Revelation to the Gentiles

Is 49:6 He says, “It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also make You a light of the nations
So that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”

Isaiah is prophesying of Jesus, as is confirmed by Luke’s quotation of this verse in his gospel when he describes Jesus being brought to the temple as an infant.  A devout elderly man named Simeon applied Isaiah’s words to Jesus, saying the child was:

Luke 2:32 A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Paul also applies this verse to Jesus and what He was doing through the church in the New Testament when he said:

Acts 13:47 “For so the Lord has commanded us,
‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES,
THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.'”

Thus Isaiah 49:6 testifies of Messiah, as do all the Scriptures of the prophets.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:5 – Jesus Came to Bring Israel Back to God

Isaiah 49:5 And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant,
To bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel might be gathered to Him
(For I am honored in the sight of the LORD,
And My God is My strength),

Jesus came to bring back Israel to God.  For this reason, Peter wrote:

1 Peter 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Jesus was formed from the womb to be God’s servant, to gather the people of God.  For this reason, the Gospel of John says:

John 11:51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
John 11:52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

Jesus is still gathering the scattered children of God today.  Where He is lifted up, all men are draw to Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:4 – From Nothing and Vanity to Justice and Reward

Isaiah 49:4 But I said, “I have toiled in vain,
I have spent My strength for nothing and vanity;
Yet surely the justice due to Me is with the LORD,
And My reward with My God.”

When Jesus died on the cross, it certainly appeared that he had “toiled in vain,” and “spent his strength for nothing and vanity.”  However, his resurrection from the dead was “the justice due him and his reward from his God.”

In the crucifixion, Messiah had suffering (that’s the first two lines of Isaiah 49:4).  In the resurrection, however, Messiah had glory (that’s the last two lines of Isaiah 49:4).

For more on Messiah’s sufferings and glories, see Index to Posts on Sufferings and Glories.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:3 – Messiah Is the One Through Whom God Is Showing His Glory

Isaiah 49:3 He said to Me, “You are My Servant, Israel,
In Whom I will show My glory.”

Isaiah is prophesying of Jesus our Lord – the Messiah of Israel.  Messiah was God’s ultimate servant.  All the prophets served God, but none as greatly as the Messiah did.

God did show His glory in Messiah, and is still doing so – and will be doing so throughout all eternity.  Messiah’s rule was “the administration suitable to the fulness of times” as Paul writes:

Ephesians 1:10 with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth…

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Isaiah 49:2 – Messiah Is the Arrow of God

Isaiah 49:2 He has made My mouth like a sharp sword,
In the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me;
And He has also made Me a select arrow,
He has hidden Me in His quiver.

God made Jesus’ mouth to be “like a sharp sword.”  Thus the apostle John in the book of Revelation writes:

Revelation 19:15  From His mouth comes a sharp sword…

Messiah was hidden until his time.  Then he was revealed.  But even then, he was revealed to Israel and not to the great emperor in Rome.  The task of announcing His coming fell to His humble disciples.

Messiah was an arrow to the heart of God’s enemies.  Satan is defeated by him!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Genesis 3:21 – We Are Clothed with Christ

Genesis 3:21 The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.

As God clothed Adam and Eve after their sin, so He clothed all of us with Christ to cover our shame (Galatians 3:27).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 110:2 – His Strong Scepter

Psalm 110:2 The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying,
“Rule in the midst of Your enemies.”

In this verse “the Lord” is to us, of course, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The “strong scepter” that He stretches forth is the life He lived.  He rules in the midst of His enemies by having us imitate Him in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:14-15).

His strong scepter is not “crooked” – it is straight (Acts 13:10).

See also:  Christ’s Life Replaces the Law – That Life Is the Scepter, Rod, Staff, and Measuring Rod.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 106:47 – Blessed be the Lord Who Has Saved Us and Gathered Us to Himself

Psalm 106:47 Save us, O LORD our God,
And gather us from among the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name
And glory in Your praise.

Who is “the Lord” who saves us but Jesus Christ our Lord.

We seek Him to “gather us from among the nations.”  That is, we seek Him to manifest Himself to us that we might look to Him, come to Him, imitate Him, and glorify Him.

We “give thanks” to His name, which is above all names.

And we glory not in the praise of men, but in the praise He gives when we do His will (Romans 2:28-29).

Blessed be Your name O Lord!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 119:97 – The Lord Jesus Is Our Law

Psalm 119:97 O how I love Your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Jesus has become “the law” to us.  He is our great example.  Therefore, we meditate upon Him all the day that we might imitate Him.

Thus we might say:

O how I love You, Lord Jesus!!
You are my meditation all the day.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Proverbs 25:2 – Christ Was Hidden in the Old Testament and Revealed in the New Testament

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter,
But the glory of kings is to search out a matter.

God hid the glory of Christ in what we call the Old Testament.  Jesus of Nazareth sought it out and taught it to others.  As a result, we have the New Testament.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Strengthen Me According to…Jesus

Psalm 119:28 …Strengthen me according to Your word.

Jesus is the Word (John 1:1 and elsewhere), and it is He who is our strength.  That is, the thought of Jesus strengthens us to do right.  As Paul wrote:

Ephesians 3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,

That is, the spirit of Jesus strengthens us.  Keep thinking of Him.  The Bible was given in order to help us keep thinking of Him.

Also, see more on Psalm 119:28.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

1 Kings 19:8 – Jesus Is the Bread That Nourishes Forever

1 Kings 19:8 So [Elijah] arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.

Some food has a more lasting effect than others.  Of course, this is God’s doing…and “it is marvelous in our eyes” (Psalm 118:23).  Consider the most profound case in point:

John 6:58 “This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever.”

Jesus is the bread that sustains not just 40 days…but forever!

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Ps 102:12 – The Name of Jesus the Lord

Psalm 102:12 But You, O LORD, abide forever,
And Your name to all generations.

The name of Jesus Christ abides to all generations because He is the Lord…forever and ever.  As Paul says in Philippians 2:9 and Ephesians 1:21, the name which Christ has been given will “abide forever.”

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

“Let Us Make Man in Our Image”

Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image…”

We can almost hear God and Messiah conferring on this point.  Certainly, the apostles may have thought this when it dawned on them that the Jesus with whom they had walked was indeed the promised Messiah, of whom the prophet Micah had said:

Micah 5:2 “…His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.”

Since Micah was speaking of Messiah (“One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel”), it’s clear he was saying that Messiah was not a newcomer to the scene.  Rather, He’d been around since the beginning.  For this reason also, the apostle John could say:

John 1:1  “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God…”

Thus it would have become clear to the apostles why Genesis 1:26 had God speaking in the plural.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Wings for the Messiah

The Sadducees would not believe in a resurrection of the dead because, among other reasons, they could not figure out how God would reconstitute families where there had been a death and remarriage (Matthew 22:23-28).  They, along with everyone else, were therefore stunned to hear Jesus explain:

Matthew 22:30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Everyone in that age saw resurrection as leading back to earth – not to heaven.

Jesus, however, was believing the prophets, who had said, among other things, that:

Malachi 4:2 “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings…

See the connection?  Angels…wings.

Jesus knew that the resurrection led to heaven, and that He – as the Sun of Righteousness – would be the Son of Man in Daniel 7:13-14 who would receive an everlasting kingdom.  After all, how could He get to heaven without “wings.”  And how could we join Him there unless we would be given them, too.  Of course, these wings are not physical – they are spiritual.  That is, the Bible is speaking in figurative language in order to convey spiritual (i.e. eternal) truths.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

“Walk Before Me and Be Blameless”

“Walk before Me and be blameless” is the charge God gave to Abram when He changed his name to Abraham in Genesis 17:1ff.

Abraham walked before God as he understood Him.  Abraham’s descendants were to do the same.  Of course, that understanding grew enormously with the coming of Jesus Christ.  As the apostle John said:

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Therefore, the charge to “walk before God and be blameless” carries significantly greater meaning for those living after Jesus than it did for those living before.  This is, of course, because we can see the “Me” so much more clearly in Jesus.

Even pious Jews were at first shocked by the idea that the Messiah could be crucified, because they could not see God putting up with that sort of treatment.  To put it another way, the psalmist could write “His mercy endureth forever” but wouldn’t have had the chutzah to say, “Well, sure, God would be willing to have Himself crucified by evil men” – even though, when you stop and think about it, that’s just what a “forever enduring mercy” would do.  God redefined mercy beyond limits that most human beings would consider appropriate.

Therefore, to walk before Jesus and be blameless requires much more of us than walking before a Creator God whose character and response to evil is something we have not yet fully tested.

Let us therefore walk before Jesus Christ and be blameless.  We have seen for ourselves through the pages of the Gospels just what sort of behavior He considers blameless.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 98:2 – Jesus Christ Was Revealed in the Sight of the Nations

Psalm 98:2 The LORD has made known His salvation;
He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth did not take place in a corner (Acts 26:26).

This is the salvation the Lord has provided for us.  It is the fate of all humanity to die, but the salvation of the Lord is that all will rise.

1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

The greatest empire of its time – Rome – was present and participating in these events.  Indeed, they did not take place in a corner (Acts 26:26).

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Apostles Did Not Have the New Testament

The New Testament was not gathered into a collection of 27 books until after the apostles died. So, even though the apostles wrote the New Testament documents, they did not have the New Testament at their disposal to settle New Testament controversies.

The apostles had to rely on the Old Testament in order to settle New Testament controversies.  Give that some thought, would you?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible.

For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom. Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

The Prophets Saw the Lord Long Before the Apostles Did

Isaiah wrote of Jesus centuries before Jesus actually lived.  As the Gospel of John testifies:

John 12:41 These things Isaiah said because he saw His glory, and he spoke of Him.

Thus Isaiah looked ahead and spoke of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, just as David had done before Isaiah (see Acts 2:30-31).  And, of course, this foresight was present in all the prophets (see 1 Peter 1:10-12 and Acts 3:24).  Moses, too, for that matter “saw” the Lord who was to come (John 5:46).  (For a broader look at just how much the prophets saw of the promised Messiah, see this post.)  Yet even Moses and the prophets did not see with the clarity that was given in New Testament times (Matthew 13:17).

Let us therefore walk in the clearer-than-ever light of the Lord – that is, the light of Jesus Christ our Lord.  The Old Testament was pregnant with Him…and the New Testament birthed Him.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

The Prophesied Leader

Jacob prophesied that the ultimate leader of his descendants would come from the tribe of his son Judah [emphasis added, here and throughout]:

Genesis 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

Isaiah also spoke of a coming leader:

Isaiah 55:4 “Behold, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
A leader and commander for the peoples.

We can also see from the following 1 Chronicles passage that eyes continued to look to Judah for the leader.  It had been true in the case of David and was certainly expected to be true in the case of David’s greater descendant who was to come:

1 Chronicles 5:2 Though Judah prevailed over his brothers, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph),

For these reasons, Jesus could reference Messiah as the “Leader.”

Matthew 23:10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

And certainly it could be seen that when Jesus was raised from the dead to heaven that He was leading humanity.  Thus Paul quotes yet another prophecy (this one from Psalm 68:18) about this leader leading:

Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says,
“WHEN HE ASCENDED ON HIGH,
HE LED CAPTIVE A HOST OF CAPTIVES,
AND HE GAVE GIFTS TO MEN.”

And although the prophet Micah did not explicitly speak of Messiah (i.e. Christ) as the leader, does this word picture of his not portray Messiah’s leadership and thus speak of the same reality we see in Psalm 68:18 and Ephesians 4:8?

Micah 2:13 “The breaker goes up before them;
They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
So their king goes on before them,
And the LORD at their head.”

Jesus therefore was…and is…the prophesied leader of the people of God…and of all humanity.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.

The More Verses in Which We Can See Jesus in the Old Testament, the More Opportunities We Have to Love Him and Imitate Him

Everyone seems to know that the New Testament is about Jesus Christ.  What seems less known is that the Old Testament is about Him, too.  The difference between the testaments is that while the New Testament speaks about Christ explicitly, the Old Testament speaks about Him implicitly.  To put this more precisely, the Old Testament must be read spiritually if you are to discern Jesus in it.

The most obvious references to Jesus in the Old Testament are its prophecies of Messiah.  There are, however, also  types, allusions, foreshadowings of Him that are more subtle. One of the predominant themes of this blog is to help you see Christ in these various Old Testament ways.  For a few examples, see these posts on types and shadows.

The point of finding Christ throughout the pages of the Bible is to see (that is, understand) Him more clearly.  As we do, we can love Him more intensely and imitate Him more exactly.  Therefore, every verse in which you come to see Christ is an opportunity to care about Him more and mimic Him more.  What other goals or opportunities in life are more compelling to you?

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 18:48 – A Piece of the Mind of Christ

Psalm 18:48 He delivers me from my enemies;
Surely You lift me above those who rise up against me;
You rescue me from the violent man.

God delivered Christ from enemies.  God “lifted” up Jesus to His right hand, far above those enemies – even making those enemies a footstool for Christ’s feet (Psalm 110:1).  Christ was thus forever put out of “the violent man’s” reach.

This verse reveals a part of “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16), for it represents the way He thought – and the basis upon which He would have prayed for deliverance, as in Hebrews 5:7.

The entirety of the Old Testament, including this verse, is intended to tell us about Christ.  This is so that we might love Him more and imitate Him more.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. 

Psalm 18:49 – Christ in the Midst of His People

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD,
And I will sing praises to Your name.

The apostle Paul quotes this verse in his letter to the Romans:

Rom 15:9 and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy; as it is written,
“THEREFORE I WILL GIVE PRAISE TO YOU AMONG THE GENTILES,
AND I WILL SING TO YOUR NAME.”

(The words in all capitals are an indication by the NASB that the New Testament writer is quoting the Old Testament.  By the way, note that the word “Gentiles” in Romans 15:9 is substituted for the word “nations” in Psalm 18:49; regarding this semantic equivalence, as well as similar ones between the testaments, see this post.)

We know that Christ in the flesh did not minister beyond Israel (Matthew 15:24).  Therefore, this prophecy of David speaks of what Christ did when He was raised to the right hand of the Father and poured out the Holy Spirit on His disciples, the New Testament church (as described in Acts 2 and 1 Corinthians 12-14).

We see a similar thought in Hebrews 2:11-12 which is quoting Psalm 22:22:

Hebrews 2:11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
Hebrews 2:12 saying,
“I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN,
IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”

Thus Psalm 18:49 is a word picture of Christ in the midst of His people.  David is prophesying of the Christ, for all the Scriptures are about Christ.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted. (In the NASB New Testament, quotations of the Old Testament are rendered in all capital letters in order to make them easier to identify.)

Psalm 18:50

Psalm 18:50 He gives great deliverance to His king,
And shows lovingkindness to His anointed,
To David and his descendants forever.

What greater deliverance has God given than the deliverance from death experienced by Jesus of Nazareth?

As it says in Hebrews:

Hebrews 5:7 In the days of His flesh, [Christ] offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.

In Psalm 18:50 David is speaking of “great deliverance” for “God’s king,” – that is, “God’s anointed.”  Then David makes specific reference to himself (God’s king and God’s anointed) and to his seed (see the marginal note in the NASB where “descendants” is shown to literally be “seed”).  Following Paul’s direction in Galatians 3:16, we can rightly understand “seed” in such a context to refer to Christ – the Messiah.

This seed of David would be God’s king and God’s anointed in a greater way than was true of David.  David knew they while he himself would die and follow the experience of all humanity in that regard, his seed, the Messiah, would see a different outcome (Acts 2:30-31).

Thus David is prophesying of the resurrection to heaven of the Messiah, and His rule in God’s name.

The purpose of this blog is to proclaim Jesus Christ in terms familiar to those who read the Bible, and to help others become more familiar with the Bible. For those unfamiliar with the Bible, see the blog A Nonchurchgoer’s Guide to Jesus and His Kingdom.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.