A devotional thought from Juan Sanchez for “Jesus: The Faithful Teacher”
In Matthew 5:17-20, we see that Jesus affirmed God’s Law. Nevertheless, in light of the fact that He did set aside certain Old Testament commands (food laws) and institutions (temple, sacrificial system), Christ’s words about fulfilling the Law can be rather difficult to interpret and apply.
In order to understand our relationship to the Old Testament, we must begin by understanding that “all Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). When the apostle Paul said “all Scripture,” he had the Old Testament in mind. The Old Testament is inspired by God. All of the Bible is authoritative, and because it comes from God, it is free of error. The apostle Paul also taught that the entire Bible is profitable. God has given us His Word, both Old and New Testaments, for our benefit—that we may know Him and that we may know how to live as His people.
Of course, this knowledge requires that we faithfully interpret and apply God’s Word. In this week’s lesson, we will see how Jesus faithfully interpreted and fulfilled God’s Law. Pray that God will grant you the grace to understand His Word in order to faithfully interpret it and apply it to your life.
Pause and Reflect
• Do you read and meditate on the Old Testament? If not, why not?
• Why do you think many Christians avoid the Old Testament altogether?
• What do you think keeps some people from embracing the Old Testament as God’s Word?
• How has studying the Old Testament been profitable to you spiritually?