John 5:39-40 ESV
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.”
Jesus confronted the Pharisees with the words of this scripture. The Pharisees memorized the scriptures, and wore the scriptures on their wrists and foreheads but that doesn’t mean that they understood the scriptures.
Beginning with Moses and all the prophets, the old manuscripts which were inspired by God’s Holy Spirit, are the most compelling testimony of the deity of Christ and His redeeming role for humanity.
God spoke to Israel through the prophetic writings which were all pointing to Christ. Jesus Christ is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being and yet the leaders of Israel not only missed Him, but shockingly accused Him of blasphemy.
The Old Testament scriptures are God’s eternal witness to Christ’s Messianic claims and His redeeming role for mankind. Although the Jews searched the Scriptures exhaustively, thinking that eternal life was contained within their pages they missed the Truth of the scriptures and read them with spiritually blinded eyes.
When we search the Scriptures, I hope and pray all of us will see what God requires in the Old Testament. I pray we see the prophecies of the Messiah, the blessings in obedience to God and what happens when we disobey. In essence, I hope we learn from history and the prophetic writings so we do not repeat the atrocities of the people of the past history of the Bible.
I pray we see in the New Testament every verse and chapter points to the atoning work of Jesus Christ what He has done for us, what is required of us, how we can love and trust Him as much as He loves and trusts us.
Father, never let me be so blind that I cannot perceive the riches of Your word. Never let me be so self sufficient that I forget to search Your scriptures every day for the answers of life.