The quotations Jesus made from the Old Testament are always very enlightening and instructive. Comparing Isaiah 61:1-2 with the occasion when the Lord was in the synagogue at Nazareth as recorded in Luke 4:1621 is one such case in point. He was presented with the scroll of Isaiah, and He began to read the passage. After reading 'to preach the acceptable year year of the Lord', we are told He closed the book and sat down, and the eyes of all that were in the synagogue were fastened upon him. He then said, 'This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears'.

We notice He did not complete the passage, for the acceptable year of the Lord is connected with His first advent, whereas the 'day of vengeance of our God' belongs to the second advent and judgment.

In John 5: 46 we read 'Had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. But now ye believe not his writing: how shall ye believe my words?' Again in Luke 24:27 'He began at Moses, and at all the prophets, and interpreted unto them in all the scriptures, which were written of him'. Later in verse 44. Jesus said to his disciples 'all must be fulfilled which were written of me in the law of Moses, and in the Prophets and in the Psalms'.

In Matthew 23:35 when Jesus refers to the martyrs of the Old Testament, He said 'that upon you may cone all the righteous blood that was shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar'. We might expect that Jesus was quoting from Genesis and Malachi, or one of the other Minor Prophets, but not so. The last book of the Writings or the Psalms is 2 Chronicles, this naturally being the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures.

As far as possible I have used Tyndale's translation.

Reg Whittern

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