“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 NOW: The focus of the prophets’ message was Christ.
It is seen clearly in our previous studies that the sufferings of Christ and He entering into His glory is the summary of the utterances of the prophets in the Old Testament books of the bible. Let’s backtrack to Jesus’ words to His disciples on their way to Emmaus in Luke 24:25-27; “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”. Let us examine the word “concerning” used in verse 27. This word was translated from the Greek word “peri”. The word “peri” implies the focus or subject matter; it is a word used for a particular subject. In other words, what Jesus was saying in Luke 24 is that He is the focus of the utterances of the prophets. He is the subject matter of their message; He is what their message was about. In other words, what Jesus meant was that without Him, the prophets had no message. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans explained to this same fact, it reads “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle separated unto the gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by his prophets in the Holy Scriptures) concerning his son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:1-4). Again, Paul uses the word “concerning” and shows us what the utterances of the prophets (which was the gospel of God) was concerning; he says “concerning his son…” This buttresses the fact that Jesus was or is the message of the prophets; He is the subject, He is the focus, the crux, the arriving point and the fulcrum of the prophets’ utterances. Thus, bible study will be a Christ-centered study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Jesus Christ is the revelation of the scriptures. Think!
PRAYER: I declare that the eyes of my understanding are enlightened in Jesus Name. Amen!!
QUOTE: Bibliology is Christology.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24