Jesus in the Old Testament

They did not destroy the peoples
    as the Lord had commanded them,
but they mingled with the nations
    and adopted their customs. (Psalm 106: 34-35, NIV)

I remember the day I was sitting in a Bible study and someone said God would never command the destruction of entire towns. The person was objecting to the Jericho story in Joshua. The argument boiled down to the claim that Jesus would never do that.

Here is the rub, though. We are Trinitarians. When the Bible refers to God, it is talking about Jesus. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all three-in-one, are God.

Jesus in the New Testament is not a filter that we run the rest of the God stories in the Bible through to strain out the parts that don’t appear to us to fit. Jesus is the incarnation of the God who commanded the destruction of Jericho. Jesus, the Son of God, was the same God who sent the angel of death to wipe out the first born of Egypt. Jesus the eternal Word rained fire on Sodom and Gomorrah.

In Psalm 106, we read of the mighty and terrible deeds of the Lord. Jesus of Nazareth knew those Psalms well. They tell his story.


3 thoughts on “Jesus in the Old Testament

  1. It is one of those Bible literacy issues. Joshua 10: 28-40 I count seven cities and all the inhabitants killed on God’s orders. Disturbing as it is to think of elderly, women, children and babies being cut, stabbed and smashed to death that is what happened. Obedience to God was part of the fighting doctrine of Joshua and his army.

  2. “How can God” you ask?

    I can count all My bones.
    They look and stare at Me. They divide My garments among them,
    And for My clothing they cast lots.
    Psalms 22:17-19

    “The sight of the agonizing body ought to have ensured sympathy from the throng, but it only increased their savage mirth, as they gloated their cruel eyes upon his miseries. Let us blush for human nature, and mourn in sympathy with our Redeemer’s shame.”
    From The treasury of David
    I think the commentary of Spurgeon sums things up.

  3. Great post and very timely. This is exactly the problem with the “three bucket” approach suggested by Adam Hamilton. Just because we don’t understand (or agree) with Scripture, doesn’t mean we can toss Scripture aside.

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