Thursday, July 24, 2014

Week 5: If you believe not Moses you CAN-NOT believe Jesus: Who do you think Moses talked about?


 A lot of people try and separate the Old and New Testaments as if there is a different God that

dealt with Moses than the God that dealt with the Apostle Paul. 
Newsflash:
The entire book was written about Jesus Christ from Genesis chapter 1 to Revelation chapter 22
Let us begin the synchronization of the testaments with the statement that gave me the title of this weeks Bible Boot Camp lesson... 
Jesus was explaining to the Pharisees about the witness of men, not being greater than the witness of God. He told them that the Father is His witness, however, since they (the Pharisees) respected the witness of men, Jesus told them about the greatest witness among men, whom even they respected. The statement speaks volumes, even to us at this day:

"I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?" John‬ ‭5‬:‭43-47‬ 



Also the parable of The rich man and Lazarus reveals something to us about the importance of Moses in relation to Jesus Christ. 

"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke‬ ‭16‬:‭19-31

The point you want to recognize in the parable is 1. To prevent the brothers from going to the place of torment, all that was needed was Moses and the prophets! {v. 29}
Even after the rich mans persistency, believing that all someone would need is one born from the dead to testify to them (like most of us would assume). 2. Abraham informs him (and us) that if you don't/won't hear MOSES, you won't hear someone who returns from the dead. And Abraham is correct, although One returned from the dead (Jesus), you CAN-NOT hear his words, if you WILL-NOT hear Moses words. 

Food4Thought: 
When Jesus called the Apostle Phillip, He simply told him 'follow me.' However, when Phillip wanted to explain who Jesus was to Nathanael he didn't say, "my personal saviour has arrived," nor did he limit who Jesus was to any one of the details of His reason for coming in the flesh—

"The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me. Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John‬ ‭1‬:‭43-45‬ 

If you have read Moses and the prophets, you know who Jesus is, whether or not he was the Messiah etc.. through the details of his actions. 

After Jesus resurrection on one of the last occasions he spoke with the disciples he explained again to them who he was, and from where? Moses (and the prophets)!

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself." Luke‬ ‭24‬:‭25-27

Through this act Jesus is relating ti us, that Moses and the prophets is how you know about Jesus 1st Coming, as well as His 2nd Coming

May the Lord add a blessing, to the study of His Word.


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