“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: The crux of the prophets’ utterance was Christ.
In our previous study, we established the fact that the utterance of the prophets in the Old Testament can be summarized in two sentences:
• The sufferings of Christ and
• The glory that followed.
In other words, we can summarize the volume of books of the Old Testament as the sufferings of Christ (that is, His death) and He entering into His glory (that is, His resurrection). Observe Jesus’ words in Luke 24 again for further clarity, it reads “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). Recall that “all that the prophets have spoken” (as said by Jesus in verse 25) is what He explains further in verse 26 as “Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into His glory?” Observe verse 27, Jesus began at Moses and all the prophets explaining to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself. The statement, “And beginning at Moses…” is not in reference to the personality or person of Moses or the personality of the prophets in the scriptures, but their writings. Meaning, Moses in this text will be the books he wrote (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and all the prophets also refers to their writing (Joshua to Malachi). So, when Jesus went through all the Old Testament’s utterance (Genesis to Malachi), what He explained through these books was concerning Himself. Thus, the prophets spoke concerning Him, and in Jesus’ explanation, He lets His disciples see that He is the message contained in the utterances of the prophets. In other words, the prophets in their utterance were inspired by God to speak of Christ. Meaning the words that came from God in the prophets’ utterance were words spoken concerning Christ. Thus, the Christ-centered utterances of the prophets are the words that came from God and these words are the crux of the message of the bible (His suffering and He entering into His glory). Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: The bible is Jesus’ book; Jesus is your message, preach Him.
PRAYER: Father, the eyes of my understanding is opened to see you through the scriptures in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The Christ-centered utterances of the prophets were utterances of the prophets that came from God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 1PETER CHAPTER 1