Covered: Nehemiah 13, Malachi 1-4
Not Covered: –
Scripture Memory: Good Works – Galatians 6:9-10, Matthew 5:16
We’ve made it to the end of the Old Testament. Throughout law of Moses (Genesis-Deuteronomy), the history of Israel, the wisdom literature, and the prophets, all of the stories, all of the characters, and all of the promises have had a central theme: God is on a mission to bless the world. From Genesis to Malachi, God has been on a mission to save the world from sin, death, and destruction that the human race brought upon itself. One thousand six hundred years have passed since God’s promise to Abraham to bless the world through his offspring. The nation of Israel started from nothing, rose to worldwide prominence, was taken into exile, and finally got back to their home. First-time readers of the Bible should be asking themselves “how long Lord?” Over and over and over again, we have read the promises. God would redeem His people. He would send a Savior. He would inaugurate a new covenant; He would save the world. But how long?
The book of Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament and the last of the prophets. And he reminds us one more time: “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations says the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 1:11). God is consistent all the way through the Old Testament about what He is planning to do.
But then… silence. That little page in your Bible that says “The New Testament” represents 400 years of history. Four hundred years of no recorded prophets. Four hundred years of no recorded word from God. 400 years of silence. During this time, the world was changing, Rome was coming to power, and the Jews were still waiting. Waiting for all the promises to be kept. Waiting for God to come to their aid. Waiting… for something.
Can you imagine 400 years of waiting with silence? Whole generations of people were born, lived, and died without hearing from God. The stories kept getting passed down as children would sit on their grandparent’s knees, but I would imagine, for some, these stories were harder and harder to believe.
And then, after 400 years of silence, these words are read… “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1).
This is the guy.
This is who we have been waiting for.
We’ve covered a lot of ground since January. If you are like me, you don’t remember everything you have read. But if you forget everything else, remember this: God has ALWAYS been on the move. The entire Old Testament prepares the way for Jesus, the son of Abraham – the promised blessing that would bless the world (Genesis 12:1-3) – the son of David – the one to fulfill the promise that there would always be a king on the throne from David’s line (2 Samuel 7:16).
Everything we have read so far prepared the way for our salvation. Everything we will read in the New Testament sets the stage for who this Jesus is, and how God will finish His plan to bless the entire world. It doesn’t end until some from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation are standing before the throne and before the lamb worshiping (Revelation 7:9). And the hinge point of everything we will read is “Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.”
Written by: Steve Elworth
Photo Credit: Ravi Sharma