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Tracing the Source

By Mark Cornelius

"When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the Lord your God and obey His voice. For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that He swore to them. For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day God created man on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether such a great thing as this has ever happened or was ever heard of" (Deuteronomy 4:30-32).

Ein Gedi Nature Trail

Conventional wisdom encourages me to look forward, freeing me from the past and always considering the new. Mankind is evolving, I'm told. Science is advancing; products and life are improving. Even the good news associated with God's return to walk the earth is proclaimed in the New Testament. What is it, then, Lord that causes me to keep glancing back?

I know I'm not to live in the past, but that doesn't mean I can't learn from it or that I shouldn't study its purpose. Your Word references time after time when You, Jesus, spoke scriptural history into the hearts of Your listeners.

Church of The Annunciation

You alluded to the writings of Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and many of the other prophets in order to reveal Yourself as Messiah. When You warned Your disciples of the tribulation to come, suggesting a reference in Isaiah; we as believers are compelled to trust in that passage. When You, Savior, said, "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings," referencing Hosea, we willingly acknowledge You and strive to follow Your example of mercy and grace.

So if you gave Your blessing to these verses from the Tenackh as truth, what does that say of the entire writings of those same prophets? You, God of all wisdom, wouldn't pick one piece of fruit from a tree without blessing the whole crop. You said Yourself, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit."

Genesaret: Abraham's Tent

Am I to assume from Your endorsement of the prophets that all they had to say is truth? If one verse of one prophet's pen is validated by You, Jesus, doesn't that mean all the words of that prophet must be taken as truth? Can I separate one from the other?

So when You tell us to participate in specific feasts and festivals and use the word forever, am I to take that lightly or dismiss You? When You command me to love my neighbor as myself in Deuteronomy, does that suggest I love them only when convenient to my purposes and only under the conditions I interpret to be necessary?

Source of the Jordan River

You, the Logos who created all things on this planet and beyond, once went to Jerusalem on the Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) and proclaimed Yourself to be the Source of Living Water. Because of Your reference to Zechariah, many on that day realized You to be the Messiah. Do I acknowledge the same? Is my faith rooted in scriptural prophecy? What does that mean regarding the truth of the rest of those messengers?

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