Handling the Old Testament Faithfully (pt. 3)
What the New Testament use of the Old teaches preachers todaySee theme
This is part three in a three-part series. To read preceding parts, click one, two. In this final installment, the author briefly comments on five more texts and then presents conclusions, applications, and an example.
The remaining five texts from Luke, the writer to the Hebrews, and James are little more than glimpses into the thinking of these authors (or the speakers whose words they report) and are added here as a reminder that Paul and Peter were not alone in their professed use of the Old Testament.
Acts 7:38 records a line concerning Moses from Stephen's final message: "He received living oracles (1) to give to us." Assuming that this translation reflects the better reading and that the last word is indeed "us" and not "you" as some manuscripts have, Stephen, even if he was maximizing his solidarity with his Jewish brothers and fathers, was affirming that the Bible was revealed not merely for its initial recipients or for their contemporaries, but for those in subsequent generations. ...