The greatest story ever told will be found in print surrounded by the cover of the Bible. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe the Bible to be the word of God and I will clarify this statement with emphasis that I believe it laterally. When Paul talks of baptism for the dead, he means just that. For Christ to exalt, one must be baptized by someone who holds authority. It has been His commandment since Adam and Eve. Now for a fun one, when John writes of four beasts in wild description and them shouting acclamation, he shares exactly what he saw. We find similar imagery in Isaiah and Ezekiel. It is not shared where they came from but, when all is made known to us, it will be clear that they filled the measure of their creation and were exalted in perfection.
The King James Bible is records of divine revelation and one of the canonical books of the Church. It, as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price comprise our standard works. Old Testament prophets wrote down their dealings with God as their testimonies to us. Moses’ writings are the first five books of the Old Testament; the Pentateuch (Greek) in Christian religions. It is also the Torah (Hebrew) of the Jewish bible. Testament means covenant in Hebrew. Therefore, the Old Covenant is the law as presented by Moses.
The common thread sewn throughout the books of the Old Testament is God’s interaction with his people. As a Latter-day Saint, our doctrine is that we are all children of God, our Heavenly Father. I speak this then as Father’s dealings with His children. He has always had a plan for us! It has always promised a Savior, first shared on earth with Adam and Eve, then with every prophet on down through Malachi. All of them write of Christ! He is Jehovah of the Old Testament; “I am that I am.” He who gave the Old Covenant to Moses by the authority of God, our Father, Elohim.
Christ is the God of the Old Testament. To be saved and exalted is asserted all through its pages. It prophesies Christ’s coming at the meridian of time. All that Moses writes points to the Redeemer. Job rejoices to know that the redeemer lives. Isaiah proclaims Him as the Holy One of Israel, Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. Jeremiah honors Him as the source of living waters and Healer. Ezekiel pronounces the Shepherd. Malachi illustrates Him as the Refiner and the Purifier.
Christ is key to the Father’s Plan of Salvation. The Old Testament/Covenant bares witnesses over and over of Christ. Because of an Atonement, all of Father’s children will be resurrected. Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.
This is the reason and meaning of the Old Testament. A covenant for the promised Messiah!
■ Scott Arens is a lifelong resident of Arbuckle. To contact Scott email email@example.com