There is no escaping the fallacies of the old testament by pleading that Jesus changed everything.
He did not. Jesus believed the Old Testament was historical fact. This view is supported by none other than the most conservative of all evangelicals, Answers In Genesis
- He knew the Scriptures thoroughly, even to words and verb tenses. He obviously had either memorized vast portions or knew it instinctively: John 7:15.2
- He believed every word of Scripture. All the prophecies concerning Himself were fulfilled, and He believed beforehand they would be.
John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
- He believed the Old Testament was historical fact. This is very clear. Some examples of historical facts:
- Luke 11:51-Abel was a real individual
- Matthew 24:37-39-Noah and the flood (Luke 17:26, 27)
- John 8:56-58-Abraham
- Matthew 10:15; 11:23, 24 (Luke 10:12)-Sodom and Gomorrah
- Luke 17:28-32-Lot (and wife!)
- Matthew 8:11-Isaac and Jacob (Luke 13:28)
- John 6:31, 49, 58-Manna
- John 3:14-Serpent
- Matthew 12:39-41-Jonah (vs. 42-Sheba)
- Matthew 24:15-Daniel and Isaiah
- He believed the books were written by the men whose names they bear:
- Moses wrote the Pentateuch (Torah): Matthew 19:7, 8; Mark 7:10, 12:26 (Book of Moses-the Torah); Luke 5:14; 16:29,31; 24:27, 44 (Christs Canon); John 1:17; 5:45, 46; 7:19; (The Law [Torah] was given by Moses; Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ.)5
- Isaiah wrote both Isaiahs: Mark 7:6-13; John 12:37-41 [Ed. note: Liberals claim that Isaiah 40-66 was composed after the fall of Jerusalem by another writer they call Deutero-Isaiah. The only real reason for their claim is that a straightforward dating would mean that predictive prophecy was possible, and liberals have decreed a priori that knowledge of the future is impossible (like miracles in general). Thus these portions must have been written after the events. However, there is nothing in the text itself to hint of a different author. See The Unity of Isaiah. In fact, even the Dead Sea Isaiah Scroll was a seamless unity. But as Dr Livingston said, since Jesus affirmed the unity of Isaiah, the deutero-Isaiah theory is just not an option for anyone calling himself a follower of Christ.]
- Jonah wrote Jonah: Matthew 12:39-41
- Daniel wrote Daniel: Matthew 24:15
- He believed the Old Testament was spoken by God Himself, or written by the Holy Spirits inspiration, even though the pen was held by men: Matthew 19:4, 5; 22:31, 32, 43; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37.
- He recognized the commandments And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. Matt 19:17
- He believed Scripture was more powerful than His miracles: Luke 16:29, 31
- He confirmed the truth of “the law”. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. Luke 16:17
- He quoted it in overthrowing Satan! The O.T. Scriptures were the arbiter in every dispute: Matthew 4; Luke 16:29, 31.
- He quoted Scripture as the basis for his own teaching. His ethics were the same as what we find already written in Scripture: Matthew 7:12; 19:18, 19; 22:40; Mark 7:9, 13; 10:19; 12:24, 29-31; Luke 18:20.
- He warned against replacing it with something else, or adding or subtracting from it. The Jewish leaders in His day had added to it with their Oral Traditions: Matthew 5:17; 15:1-9; 22:29; (cf. 5:43, 44); Mark. 7:1-12. (Destroying faith in the Bible as Gods Word will open the door today to a new Tradition.)
- He will judge all men in the last day, as Messiah and King, on the basis of His infallible Word committed to writing by fallible men, guided by the infallible Holy Spirit: Matthew 25:31; John 5:22, 27; 12:48; Romans 2:16.
- He made provision for the New Testament (Brit Hadashah) by sending the Holy Spirit (the Ruach HaKodesh). We must note that He Himself never wrote one word of Scripture although He is the Word of God Himself (the living Torah in flesh and blood, see John, chapter 1). He committed the task of all writing of the Word of God to fallible men-guided by the infallible Holy Spirit. The apostles words had the same authority as Christs: Matthew 10:14, 15; Luke 10:16; John 13:20; 14:22; 15:26, 27; 16:12-14.
- He reviled men for their ignorance of the OT: Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24.
- All of His life He did things because they were written-as if God had directly commanded. He fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about Himself. The passages are found all over the Old Testament. We cite here only a very few quoted in the New Testament: Matthew 11:10; 26:24, 53-56; Mark 9:12, 13; Luke 4:17-21; 18:31-33; 22:37; 24:44-47.
He Himself is the Word of God. All the words from His lips were the Word of God. (John 3:34)
- The above leaves no room but to conclude that our Lord Jesus Christ considered the canon of Scripture as Gods Word, written by the hand of men.