Key Scriptures in the Old Testament – # 2
Pastor Billye Brim teaches from I Corinthians 10:32 – there are 3 different groups in the Bible. 1) The Jews; 2) The Nations (those who refuse or don’t know God); and 3) The Church (those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. The Bible speaks to two of those groups.
“The reason Christians read the New Testament so often is that it is written to them. But we read the Old Testament to understand the nature and works of God. The Israelites (Jews) should read the Old Testament, because it is God’s word to them. However, they should read the New Testament, because it reveals the nature of God to them.” – Author Unknown.
Most Christians would like greater access to the nature and works of God in the O.T. for teaching, encouragement and instruction, but just don’t have time to search through the pages. Below are some priceless nuggets in the book of Jeremiah, one of the Major Prophets.
Jeremiah 29:11-14a (Amplified Version)
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you,” says the Lord, “THOUGHTS AND PLANS FOR WELFARE AND PEACE and NOT FOR EVIL, to give you hope in your final outcome. Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I WILL HEAR AND HEED YOU. Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me (as a vital necessity) and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I WILL be found by you,” says the Lord . . .
What other “god” ever said that to his people? Answer? Only the one and true Living God!
“Call to Me, and I WILL answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” The clear indication is that we don’t need to know how to figure out every difficult thing. Business people – God will help you with your business! Depend and have Faith in Him.
Got a huge problem in your life? Ask God for help! “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of ALL flesh. Is there ANYTHING TOO HARD for Me?”
You’re life is no accident, but know by God for before you were born. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.”
And I will give you shepherds (pastors/priest/ministers) according to my heart, who will feed you with knowledge (facts) and understanding (practical application).
. . . “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.”
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit. As long as you trust God, He’ll help you prosper, no matter the economic conditions. If your roots are deeply in Him, He’ll provide the life-giving sustenance to everything you do!
Jeremiah 30:3; 23:8; 16:15c
In 1947-48 how did the Jews know that they would be brought back to Israel? “For behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,” says the Lord, “And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. – . . . As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them, And they shall dwell in their own land. . . . For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers.” That is known as prophecy. It was predicted and actually happened! That’s not a made up story! The Israelites & Jews are the only country/people it has ever happened in the history of the world!
Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself. I will rebuild you. . You will again be happy and dance merrily . . Again you will plant your vineyards . . and eat from your own gardens there.”
“For My eyes are on ALL their ways; they are not hidden from My face, nor is their iniquity hidden from My eyes.” GOD IS WATCHING everything you and everyone does – ALL THE TIME – EVERYWHERE!
Jeremiah 18:7-12 (NLT) Attention USA! Here’s your Warning from God!
If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will build up and plant a certain nation or kingdom, making it strong and great, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I WILL NOT BLESS that nation as I had said I would. . . . Say to them, this is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster against you instead of good. So TURN FROM YOUR EVIL WAYS, each of you, and DO WHAT IS RIGHT. But they replied, “Don’t waste your breath. We will continue to live as we want to, following our own evil desires. . . . Therefore, their land WILL become desolate, a monument to their stupidity. All will pass by will be astonished and shake their heads in amazement at its utter desolation. . . . And in all their trouble I WILL TURN MY BACK ON THEM AND REFUSE TO NOTICE THEIR DISTRESS.”
Jeremiah 22:3 (The New Living Translation, NLT)
This is what the Lord says: Be fair minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat (do no violence to-NKJ) foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent (nor shed innocent blood-NKJ).
There are many more unforgettable nuggets in the book of Jeremiah (including prophecies exactly describing the coming of Jesus, the Christ) but not enough room in this article. So, search them out for yourself. they will encourage, enlighten and help you understand the Lord, God better!
Here are a few more nugget-filled articles you may find instructive: