Today's passage of Scripture is Proverbs 2:1-5 which reads: "My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God."
Today's quote about the Bible is from Martin Luther. He said: "You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it."
Our topic for today is titled: "The Idea of the Canon (Part 4)" from the book, "The Promise and the Blessing" by Dr. Michael A. Harbin.
It is important to realize that Christianity began with the assumption that the Jewish canon was authoritative. This point is often overlooked, but it is crucial. First, the concept of Messiah (or Christ) comes from the Jewish canon. Jews who knew Jesus measured His life against that standard. A number of Jews rejected Him, but that was because of preconceived notions of what the Messiah was to do. Many looked at the data and agreed that Jesus met the standards of the Old Testament. Those who accepted Him became the first church—a significant community of Jews. Second, early followers of the Messiah (or the Christ) measured New Testament writers against the Old Testament standard and used the same process of guidance by the Holy Spirit to validate the new writings.
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