Back in the early part of the second century, a man named Marcion concluded that the teachings of Jesus were incompatible with the God of the Hebrew Scriptures, what we call the Old Testament.
He saw the God of the Old Testament as belligerent and mean, while seeing Jesus as a loving God. He also misportrayed Christianity as a complete break from the Hebrew Scriptures.
Though Marcion’s views were rejected by the church, vestiges of his views have survived and even permeated the beliefs of Christians today.
The idea that Jesus’ teachings represented a schismatic break from the past is still persistent in the church.
That history, I suspect, is why some are shocked with the title of my new book, “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament,” available now only in e-book form from Amazon and the WND Superstore, with a big hardcover edition planned for release in September.
Indeed, what my book demonstrates in detail, with a study of all 39 books of the Hebrew Scriptures, is that the Bible is one miraculously fully integrated and cohesive messages of redemption, love, forgiveness, mercy, restoration and Good News.
In Matthew 22, for instance, a scribe of the law asked Jesus a question – a kind of test of whether Jesus was indeed breaking with the only existing Scriptures of the time.
“Master,” he asked, “which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus answered saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
Did this break with the past? Hardly. The first part of Jesus’ answer is what is known as “the Great Shema.” It is found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”
The second part is found in Leviticus 19:18: “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.”
Jesus challenged and corrected the religious authorities of His day, but He never challenged nor corrected the Hebrew Scriptures. In fact, as Jesus said in Matthew 5:17: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”
Jesus and the Gospel writers employ that word “fulfill” and “fulfilled” frequently – 18 times in the Book of Matthew alone by my count. And what does the word fulfill literally mean? Even in the most modern English dictionaries there is a spiritual component that seems to have been influenced by the words and deeds of Jesus:
to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
to perform or do, as duty; obey or follow, as commands.
to satisfy (requirements, obligations, etc.)
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the entire Old Testament points to Jesus, the promised Redeemer. Others have documented that point effectively with studies of the foreshadows of Jesus, the prophecies about Jesus and the personality types of Jesus we see in the Hebrew Scriptures. What has not previously been documented exhaustively before is how the very Gospel Jesus preached is likewise found throughout the Old Testament – indeed, in all 39 books.
What’s the point?
God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He didn’t make any mistakes. He’s perfect. The message didn’t change. The world was created perfectly, and it will be restored to perfection when Jesus returns to fulfill His destiny as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in a Jerusalem that is, as we speak, being readied for Him.
If you are looking for a resource that can open up the Hebrew Scriptures, representing three-quarters of the content of your Bible, in a whole new way, I invite you to try “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament.” I pray reading it will encourage your faith as much as preparing it did for me.
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