The Epistles’ Use of the Old Testament and Incarnate Jesus’ Words

While reading the Bible today, I was intrigued as to how Paul and the other New Testament writers use words or phrases that match or are simply similar to words used in the Old Testament, as well as to the words of Jesus incarnate. I know this is not a new finding by any means, but it’s always neat when the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to things like that.

Here are just a few examples from my reading today:

Lamentations 3:44-46  and 1 Corinthians 4:13:

“You have wrapped yourself with a cloud
so that no prayer can pass through.
 You have made us scum and garbage
among the peoples.
All our enemies
open their mouths against us;”

“and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.”

-Romans 16:19 and Matthew 10:16

“For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.”

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

-Psalm 37:11  and Matthew 5:5

“But the meek shall inherit the land
   and delight themselves in abundant peace.”

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”


About Aaron Golby

Christian. Husband to Katherine.
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