What Did Jesus Say About The Old Testament

The Old Testament is the part of the Bible that was written before Jesus came to Earth and fulfilled God’s promise to make a new covenant with His people. The New Testament tells us what Jesus said about the Old Testament, including how it should be read and interpreted.

What Did Jesus Say About The Old Testament

1. The only way to interpret the Old Testament is through the lens of the New Testament.

The Old Testament is not the problem. It’s the lens through which we interpret it that is the problem. In other words: it’s us, not them!

The New Testament is the key to understanding the Old Testament because it reveals what was meant by its symbols and prophecies, but also because it shows how these things were fulfilled in Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is a shadow of Christ; he is both substance and light (Colossians 2:17). Without him, we are left with only shadows on a wall—nothing substantial or real about our lives or about God himself; nothing that can actually change us for good or bring joy into our lives.

2. The Old Testament is filled with error, contradiction, and mythical stories.

It is important to understand that the Old Testament is not filled with error, contradiction, or mythical stories. It is the very word of God and its reliability is assured by this fact. The Bible is not a myth, fairy tale or children’s story like many non-Christians believe it to be. These statements are made by those who do not understand what they read in their Bibles and therefore label it as such. The Bible does not contain stories that are made up out of thin air; every word written in Scripture has been given to us by God (2 Timothy 3:16).

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3. Jesus was wrong when he said Moses gave us the Law.

  • Jesus said that Moses gave us the Law.
  • Jesus called the Law good.
  • Jesus said that he came to fulfill the law, not destroy it.
  • Jesus called the Law a tutor or teacher for his disciples until Christ, so they could learn of his ways and follow him more closely as they learned them.
  • He calls the Law a yoke that binds together with God’s teaching as we conform ourselves to his will as revealed through Scripture (1 Corinthians 7).
  • He calls it a burden because we are supposed to carry our own load in this life; even after salvation, there is still work for us on Earth (Matthew 11).

4. Jesus never quoted from the New Testament; he only quoted from the Old Testament.

Jesus never quoted from the New Testament. Jesus always quoted from the Old Testament. He even quoted from the Greek translation of the Old Testament, which was known as “the Septuagint,” or LXX (or Seventy). This was because he wanted to show us that his teachings were consistent with what God had already said in His Word!

Jesus said that if we would believe in him and have faith in Him, then we could do anything based on His Word (lots of things).

5. Let‘s look at six Old Testament passages that Jesus referred to in his ministry

Jesus quoted from the Old Testament more than any other book during his ministry. As you study the Gospels, you’ll see that Jesus referred to the Old Testament nearly 300 times. Among those references, there are six passages that he referenced repeatedly and which were especially significant to Him:

  • The Ten Commandments (Matthew 19:16-19; Mark 10:17-22)
  • David’s Psalms (Luke 24:44)
  • Isaiah’s Suffering Servant Songs (Matthew 8:17; 26:38; 27:46; John 12); and
  • Hosea 6 (John 1:29).
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6. Jesus did not come to change the law but to fulfill it. The law was meant to stay until everything was fulfilled (Matthew 5:17)

Jesus did not come to change the law but to fulfill it. The law was meant to stay until everything was fulfilled (Matthew 5:17).

Jesus and His apostles taught that we should obey all God’s commands, including those in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Those laws include prohibitions against adultery, stealing, lying, coveting, and worshiping idols (Exodus 20:3-5; Deuteronomy 5:7-15). Jesus taught this when He said “You have heard it said…but I say unto you…” (Matthew 5:21)

7. Jesus fulfilled the law for us (Matt 5:18). He did this on behalf of those who accept Him as Lord and Saviour.

Jesus fulfilled the law for us (Matt 5:18). He did this on behalf of those who accept Him as Lord and Saviour.

It is important to note that Jesus didn’t abolish the Ten Commandments. Instead, he fulfilled them by living a perfect life in our place. This is why Romans 10:4 says: “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

8. As Christians, we are not under the Old Covenant. The law is a tutor. It taught people that God is righteous and holy and just. But it also demonstrated that no one can keep God‘s laws (Romans 7:7-11). That‘s why we need Christ to fulfill them for us! We now have a better covenant based on better promises (Heb 8:6). Because of what Christ did for us at Calvary, we will not be judged by our record-keeping but by our acceptance of His sacrifice!

The law is a tutor, which means it teaches us about God. It shows us how righteous and holy he is, and just. The Law demonstrates that no one can keep God’s laws (Romans 7:7-11). That’s why we need Christ to fulfill them for us! We now have a better covenant based on better promises (Hebrews 8:6). Because of what Christ did for us at Calvary, we will not be judged by our record-keeping but by our acceptance of His sacrifice!

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Closing

In conclusion, I want to say that Jesus was not wrong when he said Moses gave us the Law. The law is a tutor that shows us how far we need to go before we can be righteous in God’s eyes. It also demonstrates that no one can keep God’s laws (Romans 7). But instead of focusing on what Jesus did not say about the Old Testament, let’s look at six Old Testament passages that Jesus referred to in his ministry and see how they apply today!

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