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OLD TESTAMENT PRINCIPLES
Acts 23:5 5 Then Paul said, “I did not
know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not
speak evil of a ruler of your people.’ ”
We can learn something very important in regard to what the Lord expects from us, His people, into these modern times from the apostle Paul’s words in the above passage. The apostle had been unlawfully struck by the High Priest whom Paul had not recognized as such. Paul then responded by calling him a “whitewashed wall”. When Paul was told the man was the High Priest, the apostle immediately responded by quoting from the Old Law as a way of regretting his words to the High Priest-- Exodus 22:28 28 “You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”
In other words, these words written by Moses and inspired by the Holy Spirit and given directly to the people of Israel as part of what we commonly refer to as the Old Law have an application to our lives today. We can certainly learn many lessons from these words as well as the thousands of others written under the Old Law. This same apostle wrote in Romans 15:4 4 – “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Now to be clear, we certainly are not under the Old Law. Eph 4:14-16 teaches the Old Law has been “abolished in His flesh”, speaking of Christ through His sacrifice. The OT commandments or ordinances have been fulfilled. They are no longer a condemnation against us, for we are under a more perfect law of liberty, the New law of Christ. But this does not mean we cannot learn from them in regard to what the Lord expects from us today.
It is for this reason these Old Testament Scriptures are still part of this magnificent book we call the Bible. They are still worthy to be cherished and studied. I will go so far as to say, we need these words in order to live lives of holiness and righteousness before our God and before our neighbors.
Yes, one can become a christian with only the New Testament words, but in order to mature and grow into what the Lord requires of us, I am fully convinced we must use these Old Scriptures to be a people of God. The Lord wanted OT Israel to be His special people just as He wants us to be His special people, and if these words could benefit Israel they can benefit us today as well. Throughout the Old Testament are divine principles that are established for our use. Let us study and apply them to our lives in order to be more like our Master, Jesus the Christ, for surely He learned from these same Scriptures. Jay Graham
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