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01/09/2015

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From Malachi To Matthew


"And we have heard the words of the prophets made certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the morning star rises in your hearts" (2 Pet.1:19).

The Old Testament Book of Malachi was written a little over 400 years before the birth of Jesus, so you're probably wondering where I'm going with today's title. When Christians make the transition from Malachi (the Old Testament) to Matthew (the New), they follow a transition of the Old Testament story. There is no radical break in the seam between the two. It is the same God that is speaking... Holiness and righteousness are expected... In Christ, however, promises are fulfilled, mysteries uncovered, and shadows become realities. When we use the term that the Old Testament "foreshadowed" the New, it means just that. Jesus was the reality and the words of the Old Testament were the shadow. No new understanding of God appeared when Jesus declared His kingdom, but this must be understood... When Jesus came, something radically new made its appearance... The discontinuities between the Old Testament and the New should not drowned out those continuities, but the reverse should not occur either. Jesus fulfilled prophecy that was embedded in words about the direct predictions of Him made in the Old Testament. He revealed Himself in those foreshadowing's of Old Testament figures. At the same time, Jesus did something that couldn't be done in the Old Testament... He redeemed all mankind and brought hope to a hopeless landscape. We now discover the provision God has made for a reconciliation between Himself and the human family..In the shadow of the Old Testament is the unfolding of God's purpose... "until the day dawns, the morning star rises in your hearts..."

Have a wonderful day... Go about doing good... Love mark Phil.4:11

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