OT Week: The BIG Picture

Yesterday, we kicked off OLD TESTAMENT WEEK here on GUWG.

Here’s a SparkNotes (or CliffsNotes for those of you who may be a bit old school like me) version of the OT …

Act 1: Creation
God creates Adam and Eve. They hang out in the Garden. All is good.

Act 2: The Fall
Adam and Eve decide to go their own way. Not good.

Act 3: The Plan
God puts in motion his plan to save mankind. All will be good again.

So, what’s the plan? God gives his people lots of clues in the form of prophecies uttered by guys with cool Bible names like Ezekiel, Isaiah, Elijah and many more. In fact, the OT contains dozens and dozens of prophecies about God’s plan.

So, what exactly is the plan? Here it is in one word:

JESUS

Mathematicians have calculated the odds that Jesus beat when he fulfilled all the detailed OT prophecies:

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Or, to put it another way, let’s say someone covered my entire home state of Wisconsin twelve feet deep with cheese balls and marked just one with an “X.” The odds that you could wander the state blindfolded and pick just the right cheeseball in one try are less than the odds Jesus overcame when he fulfilled all the messianic prophecies.

What were some of those OT prophecies? Here’s a mere sampling:

  • He would be born in tiny little Bethlehem.
  • He would be born to a virgin.
  • He would be betrayed for thirty silver coins that would be scattered on the temple floor and later used to buy a potter’s field.
  • His hands and feet would be pierced (predicted 800 years before the Romans even started practicing crucifixion).
  • His killers would gamble for his clothes.
  • He would come back to life after death.

COINCIDENCE? ACCIDENT? MYTH?
YOU DECIDE.

 

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