Recently the internet has been filled with the discussion of the place and value of the Old Testament for believers in Messiah Yeshua (Jesus). Who it was that started the discussion is not nearly as important as the fact that the discussion is taking place. Honestly, I have to say I am thrilled to see so many of my friends in the Christian world having this discussion. It is a discussion that has been going on among my Messianic Jewish friends ever since I became a believer in Yeshua as Messiah.
As I said above I am thrilled that this conversation is taking place and I hope that the dialog continues as more and more believers take the time to open their Bibles and re-investigate the Old Testament and its implications upon the modern New Testament Believer.
While as an outsider to this conversation I have enjoyed the position of being the proverbial fly on the wall reading, listening and watching as well-known and well-studied, Christian leaders allow iron to sharpen iron. I wanted to throw a thought out for those discussing to consider as you work through the Sacred Texts to find the place where you stand concerning the Old Testament.
I would like to submit a viewpoint of a well-known series of verses from Galatians chapter 3 to see if it helps you place the pieces of the Bible – Old and New Testaments – in their proper places in the puzzle so that the final result is the clear picture that the Designer intended.
In Galatians 3:23-29 we find the famous “Schoolmaster” verses. (As a side note please look up the word that is translated schoolmaster because a proper definition aids in proper interpretation.)
- Now before faith came, we were being guarded under Torah—bound together until the coming faith would be revealed. Therefore the Torah became our guardian to lead us to Messiah, so that we might be made right based on trusting. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian. For you are all sons of God through trusting in Messiah Yeshua. For all of you who were immersed in Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female—for you are all one in Messiah Yeshua. And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham’s seed—heirs according to the promise. -