Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom He also created the world.

Hebrews 1: 1, 2

 

There is absolutely no question in my mind that we should be interested in the Old Testament of the Bible. In fact, interest is a really big understatement. God spoke to the people who populate its pages, and His nature and will are portrayed in vivid detail in the accounts of their lives and in their various expressions of joy, sorrow, pain, grief, delight, deliverance, and salvation. The full range of human life is portrayed in these various writings. God’s desire to be in constant relationship with all people is also laid out for us to see as He engages with these diverse individuals and groups of people throughout time. Yet, all of these writings point forward.

 

The Old Testament provides us with a picture, an account, of God’s relentless drive toward reconciliation, healing, and restoration for all of creation. Although the Son is actively present from the account of creation in Genesis all the way through the Old Testament narrative, He is the focal center of everything that follows. So, as understanding God’s word as it was spoken by and through the patriarchs and prophets of old is vitally important for us in knowing God well and in living within His will, even more so it is vital to know Christ, the Son, whose life is God’s living testimony of love, grace, and salvation.

 

As Christ is the center of the New Testament and He is fully participatory in all of the Old, He is also our way to gaining the fullest possible understanding of the Old. The Holy Spirit is God’s gift to us so that His will and His word are expanded off of the pages of text and are made alive in a way that is both mystical and tangible. This gift of understanding is one that God grants to His own people, and it is one that we can enter into at all times and in each circumstance of life. God’s Word is life for His people. Christ’s voice is the one that provides us with true and deep understanding, for, “God has spoken to us by His Son.”