The Old and the New
*Shocked by the Bible, Joe Kovacs
As mentioned before, Jesus is known by other names and titles in the New Testament. Given that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament, those same titles found in the Old Testament are stunning. Here are a few examples.
Jesus as the savior and redeemer in the Old Testament:
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior. (Isaiah 43:11)
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour. (Isaiah 45:15)
All flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob. (Isaiah 49:26)
Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me. (Hosea 13:4)
The New Testament makes it clear that Jesus is the Savior of mankind:
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14)
Jesus as “the first and the last” in the Old Testament:
Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)
Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last. (Isaiah 48:12)
Jesus as “the first and the last” in the New Testament:
Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. (Revelation 1:17-18)
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:13)
Jesus is also called “the Rock” throughout Scripture. The Old Testament states, “Because I will publish the name of the Lord: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4).
The New Testament uses that same capitalized word Rock to identify Jesus—not God the Father—as the one leading Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt and through the wilderness in Old Testament times: “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4).
That Rock was Christ. Smacks you right across the face, doesn’t it? Go ahead, highlight the words in your own Bible.
By now, it’s clear that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament. He even made a few guest appearances before He became Mary’s newborn. remember, Jesus Himself said that no human being has ever seen God the Father. So all of the following instances of God or the “Lord” involve Jesus Christ in His pre-human life.
There is an incredible selection from which to choose, since virtually the entire Old Testament is devoted to Jesus. But let’s examine some of the most dazzling episodes.
To Be Continued, Part Four, Power Lunch)