(I’d love to say I hate to say this but I’ve been telling every theologian I meet so; I guess I love it.)
The Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), which comprises of the Torah(Moses), the Nevi’m (Prophets) and the Ketuv’im (Writings), is a highly misread book. There are Hebrew traditional commentaries that usually must accompany the reading of the Tanakh which was almost totally ignored when the Tanakh was renamed the Old testament by the Medieval Church.
The fact that Hebrews 6-10 repeatedly tell us the old one was faulty should give us a pause when we read the old testament. God, by saying “this is my son, in whom I am well pleased…listen to him”, has not only publicly announced Jesus symbolically and emphatically as the anointed one, or Christ (or Messiah), but he has also pointed out the lens by which we, gentiles (thank you Hannah, I snap to you too), can and should see God. If the Jews, to whom the Tanakh belonged, could be so blind they don’t see the salvation in front of their noses, I think we should take heed to look through Jesus, at the old testament.
#EVERYDAYJESUS is the revelation of God
For example, did God not say Moses is his Servant with whom he talks, face to face?
Yet we now know, no one has seen the Father except the Son who is from the Father. So, who is exaggerating? Moses or Jesus?
When you consider John’s example of ‘the disciple whom Jesus loved’ which is found only in his account, you see that writers took such liberties, so Moses and the unknown writer of Job obviously did. There is no demarcation in the old testament between lore and History.
It would be wise therefore to be careful to look through Jesus, the Spirit of God, because the letter really does kill.
My people perish for lack of knowledge and the Jews normally had anointed prophets who read them the Tanakh until John the baptist.
You see John didn’t bother even though he was born a Levite, and a priest by lineage, yet he waited for the real truth.
Don’t tell me the Bible is the truth. The Bible is true as much as it points to Jesus.
39 You search and investigate;and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you think that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
40 And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
41 I receive not glory from men [I crave no human honor, I look for no mortal fame],
42 But I know you and recognize and understand that you have not the love of God in you.
43 I have come in My Father’s name and with His power, and you do not receive Me [your hearts are not open to Me, you give Me no welcome]; but if another comes in his own name and his own power and with no other authority but himself, you will receive him and give him your approval.
44 How is it possible for you to believe [how can you learn to believe], you who [are content to seek and] receive praise and honor and glory from one another, and yet do not seek the praise and honor and glory which come from Him Who alone is God?
45 Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you—it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].
46 For if you believed and relied on Moses, you would believe and rely on Me, for he wrote about Me [personally].