Between the Testaments

BibleToday’s question: Can you name the two world empires God used during the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments to prepare for Jesus’ entrance into the world?  The answer is found in Part 3 of the Bible Overview Mini-Course. That answer is Greece and Rome.

First was Greece, led by Alexander the Great, conquering Persia in 333 BC. This resulted in a dominance of Greek culture and language throughout the Middle East. In other words, it’s not a coincidence that the “good news” of the New Testament was written in Greek, allowing it to be read by the widest possible range of people.

Second was Rome conquering the Jewish homeland in 63 BC. This resulted in:

  • Pax Romana – a long period of peace and political stability
  • Improved transportation on Roman roads
  • Benefits of Roman citizenship

The Apostle Paul was called by God to take the “good news” of Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection to the Gentiles. He prepared for this assignment for 13 years. Then he completed four amazing missionary journeys over a 14 year period of time – AD 48-62. All of the results of Rome’s domination of the Mediterranean world mentioned above, were beneficial to Paul in his travels. You may remember that even though he was a Jew, he was also a Roman citizen. This fact helped him several times during his missionary journeys!

In a previous edition of “Biblelink,” I mentioned that we had developed a short Bible Quiz to help people decide how much they might benefit by completing the Bible Overview Mini-Course. I invited you to take a look at it and tell us if you think it should be added to the website. I don’t know how many of you looked at it, but, I didn’t get any feedback one way or the other. So, I’ll make a new “deal” with you. If you try it and send me an e-mail, I will send you a copy of the answers so you can see how many you have correct.

Here’s your next question: After the death of Solomon, Israel divided into two nations or kingdoms. The northern kingdom was referred to as Israel while the southern kingdom was known as Judah. Can you name the four prophets God sent to Israel (northern kingdom)? You guessed it, the answer is found in Part 3 of the Bible Overview Mini-Course. Here’s a link for those of you who may not have a Bible at your finger tips: www.BibleGateway.com. Praying that you will allow the transforming power of His Word into your heart!!!!!

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What Did He Say?

BibleToday’s question: Why do you think the Good News (gospel) about Jesus is presented in the New Testament four times? Based on style and content each gospel seems to have a different target audience:

  • Matthew – the Jews
  • Mark – the Romans
  • Luke – the Greeks
  • John – the world

In the last post on Biblelink, I recommended to you Eugene Peterson’s book, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. In the years since I first purchased a copy of The Message, I know that I have used it to read most, if not all, of the Bible. After sending out that post on Biblelink, I felt impressed to do something I had done only once before. Over a two week period of time, I read all four gospels straight through. According to the author, The Message is a “reading” rather than a “study” Bible. Therefore, it was easy to read through these gospels one right after the other.

I wouldn’t be surprised to hear you ask, so what? When I finished, I seemed to have some new insight into what Jesus was saying to anyone who chose to listen. Before this experience, I have to admit that I always had some “discomfort” in reading any of the four gospels. For me, what Jesus was saying was often hard to grasp in the midst of all the “events” that were taking place. So many different people coming and going with, what seemed to me, such a wide and confusing range of questions! I found the whole story in any of the gospels to be somehow “disjointed.”

As I finished reading all four gospels in “contemporary language,” I realized that, for me, Jesus was much more specific and consistent in what He had to say about Himself! I had always understood Him to be more or less “vague” in many of the statements He made about Who He was and why He was here. I found myself saying, “Wow, he really was specific in declaring that He is the Messiah!” I’m sure I was also helped by the consistency of what He had to say in all four gospels!

I also came away with a better understanding of why so few people really received Him and accepted Him to be the long awaited Savior. It saddened me to see that most of the people would not have given Him five minutes of their time and attention except for the many miracles that were taking place before their eyes. For most of them, even the undeniable miracles could not override the heavy load of lie-based thinking that “fallen man” has always carried in his head! The rich young ruler is a classic example (Matt. 19:16-20; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30).

Hopefully your past experience in reading any or all of the gospels has been more positive than mine. If not, please allow me to recommend using The Message to complete a “read through” of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John!

Here’s your next question: Can you name the two world empires God used during the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments to prepare for Jesus’ entrance into the world? The answer is found in Part 3 of the Bible Overview Mini-Course. Here’s a link for those of you who might not have a Bible at your finger tips: www.BibleGateway.com. Praying that you will allow the transforming power of His Word into your heart!!!!!

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