July 15, 2012

God’s Son In The Old Testament – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” Ps.2:7

Contrary to the “politically correct” establishment, Christians have a fundamental responsibility to talk to people about God and teach them His truth. Jesus commanded, “…make disciples of all the nations,…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;…” (Matt.28:19-20). He said, “…preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15).

If you are serious about being a Christian, you try to do what Jesus says, in spite of the discomfort produced by the frowns of your neighbors. And if you spend much time talking to people about God, you know there are many today (especially Muslims, Jews, and “Christian liberals”) who are monotheists, believing in one supreme God but rejecting the deity of Christ. They argue that the doctrine that Jesus was the unique Son of God, was invented by the early Christians and that the God of the Old Testament had no Son. The idea of “the son of God” is repugnant to our Muslim friends. Orthodox Jews like to emphasize Deuteronomy 6:4; “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”

It should not be surprising to learn that these antagonists to the New Testament are, typically, not very good Bible students. The fact is that there are a significant number of Old Testament verses that do speak of God’s only begotten Son. Note the following brief summary.

First, there is God’s great promise to David:

“I will set up your seed after you,…I will be his father, and he shall be my son…Your throne shall be established for ever,”

II Sam 7:12, 14, 16.

Consider also the rhetorical questions of Agur.

“Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!” Proverbs 30:4.

Then there are the two famous prophecies of Isaiah, quoted so frequently when we remember the birth of Jesus.

“Behold, a (literally ‘the’) virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (meaning ‘God with us’),” Isaiah 7:14.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: …and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,” Isaiah 9:6.

Perhaps the most explicit verse in this connection is the verse with which we began, the marvelous Messianic second Psalm.

“He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” Psalm 2:7.

Then this psalm, which foresees the coming Christ concludes with this exhortation:

“Do homage to the Son, …How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” Psalm 2:12.

Our antagonistic friends refuse to take refuge in Him. They close their eyes and seek refuge from Him. These passages demonstrate that the liberal “scholars” are not very scholarly. Our Muslim friends respect the Old Testament when it suits them. The Jews claim great reverence for scripture, but their hypocrisy, which Jesus often condemned, is alive and well.

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

 

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