Greetings and Grace to each and all!
As we are presently studying through Leviticus on our
Searchlight broadcasts, some may wonder why we would bother
with going through such an "arcane" or (as some would say) such
an "irrelevant" book.
Why not just stick with The Gospels, or Paul's Epistles?
My answer to such questioning is very simple.
Jesus our Master said (quoting the Old Testament book of
Deuteronomy no less!), "Man shall not live by bread alone but by
every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
And "every word" in the Hebrew language means ... every word!
In fact, Jesus built an entire doctrine, an essential
doctrine, concerning the afterlife based on the tense of a
single word from an Old Testament passage when He said
concerning God "I am the God of Abraham...," not "I was the God
of Abraham..." (See Mark 12:18-27).
Now in so saying, He was declaring God is presently the God
of Abraham, thus Abraham who died 2000 years before, is still
alive ...in Paradise!
In this same passage in Mark, Jesus told those who were
denying the eternal state of man that they had "erred because
they knew not the Scriptures...," referring to that Old
Testament Book of Exodus.
You see, a single word from the Book of Exodus made a world
(quite literally!) of difference in their understanding of
destiny and eternity.
No wonder then that Paul (the human writer of much of the New
Testament), emphatically states that "All Scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction that the man of God may be
So Fellow SearchLighters, let us continue on in our taking in
"every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."
Amen and amen,