"Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me." [John 5:45b-46]The Pharisees considered themselves the disciples of Moses and were extremely proud of their connection with him. The Pharisees claimed that they were the direct descendants of the elders to whom they said Moses gave the Oral Law. They said that when God gave the written law to Moses, He also gave a secret oral law that no one could know except for Jews, to protect Jewishness. And it was this oral law that had ended up in the Mishnah.
Every book in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, written by Moses, has images of Messiah in them. But Moses also prophesied specifically about Messiah:
“[God] will raise up for [His people] a prophet like [Moses] from among their brothers.’And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.’” [Deuteronomy 18:17-19]Now look at Jesus’ final remarks to the Jewish religious rulers.
"But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?" [John 5:47]They thought they honored God, but God said that whoever did not listen to the Messiah, God Himself would deal with.
People often think that if someone does not believe something, what they need is more proof, more information. But Jesus said this was not the problem. Jesus said that if these scribes and Pharisees didn’t believe the truth they already had in their hands, God’s word in scripture, then they would not believe the greater truths Jesus had to give them.
The primary purpose of scripture is to point people to the Lord Jesus ChristStudying the Bible will not save you, but the Bible points you to the One Who can save you. It’s not enough to memorize loads of verses, read the Bible every day, study it and carry it around. What is the Bible to you? The benefit of the Bible is believing what it says and applying these words of God to your life.
Have these words become real in your every day real life.
It is Jesus Who has the power to bring us from death to life. His power profoundly changes life from earthly to eternal. The equation is so simple, hear His words and believe, and you will have life.
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