Psalm 19 sung by Sons of Korah
The Prophet Speaks
Christianity was not conceived apart from God’s redemption story beginning with creation and culminating in the ushering in of a new heaven and a new earth. The Jewish people emerged as a people set apart to fulfill God’s purpose to all humanity. The apostle Paul connected his Jewish faith with Jesus Christ, seeing evidence of God’s plan in the law and prophets.
Dear Lord, we know that Jesus, a Jew, was the fulfillment of your promises given in the law and the prophets millennia before His birth. Open our ears to hear and our eyes to see how your faithfulness and redemption has been evident from the beginning.
Paul witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus.” Acts 28:23
We live in a post-truth era of alternate facts and fake news. The Oxford Dictionary defines post–truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion.” It includes a denigration of objective truth, based on facts and the elevation of subjective truth based on opinions. Hence, each individual can create their own truth and be satisfied that their story (or narrative as it is popular to say), is just as valid as anyone else’s, apart from the facts. One pastor facetiously retorted, “Your truth is my lie.”
The Apostle Paul was concerned that the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus not be viewed apart from truth as held in Jewish tradition and scripture. The law and the prophets came together on the Mount of Transfiguration when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah in the presence of Peter, James and John. The voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matt. 17:5.
Christianity was not a creation “ex nihilo” (out of nothing) of the first century church in opposition to the Jewish faith; instead it grew from the womb of Judaism as its most authentic expression. It is God’s truth, not ours. By examining the prophets we get a fuller picture of God’s plan from the beginning, and marvel at His faithfulness to the whole world, not just one nation.
Points to Ponder
- “There are three understandings of truth: your truth, my truth, and the actual truth. “ How is “your truth” different from “God’s truth”? Do you hold opinions that set you apart from traditional Christian teachings?
- What is the ultimate outcome of accepting everyone’s personal truth as equal to absolute truth?
- How would you answer the Greek question, “What is truth?”
O Lord it is difficult to submit to truth as found in scripture. We often argue with the truth when it disrupts our world view or personal preferences. It is an act of submission to listen to your words as God’s truth and allow the searchlight of your Holy Spirit to correct our faulty thinking. At this time of advent, make us open to being redirected and enlightened.