The Bible is a wonderful masterpiece having been put together under the inspiration of God.
It all fits together in a way that would almost seem unreal; much of what we see during the life of Jesus and beyond is prophesied in the Old Testament.
For example, the Old Testament talks of John the Baptist coming to herald the arrival of Jesus.
This is what is being referred to in Mark 1 v 2.
Malachi 3 v 1 talks of a messenger preparing the way for the Lord; this is clearly talking about John the Baptist.
The Old Testament is a wealth of information about Jesus and should not be overlooked.
The entire Bible is to be used for our instruction, as we are told in 2 Timothy 3 v 16.
If it was good enough for Jesus it should be good for us; Jesus used the Old Testament many times.
For example He said, “it is written” three times when He was being tempted by the enemy (Matthew 4).
If Jesus used the Scripture that He had i.e. what we call the Old Testament, I think that we need to use it as well.
Of course we need to use the entire Bible, and the principles found in New Covenant are of extreme importance, but we can get valuable lessons from the Old Testament too.
This year, use the entire Bible for your encouragement, edification and exhortation.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your inspired Holy Scriptures, and thank you that they are there for my instruction and encouragement”.
Mark 1 v 2…..As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee