Discuss the importance of revelation to God and the biblical writers.

Revelation in the OT is foundational and addressed concerns for the time of the writer as inspired by God, as well as the inspired revelation about the future of persons, nations, and God’s chosen people. The NT takes the revelations from the OT and expounds on them or fulfills them such as Isa 53 that speaks of the coming Messiah and John 4:25-26 reveals the identity of the Messiah. Without revelation Moses would not have been able to accomplish the task placed before him by God and the Pentateuch would not exist God used revelation to reveal His plan for His people to them and the Egyptians (Exodus).  Merril, Rooker, and Grisanti declared that Leviticus” attested” to revelation than any other book of the Bible (238). Both Isaiah and Jeremiah refer to God’s covenantal revelation to Abram a thread that flows throughout the entire OT until the fulfillment of that covenantal revelation in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, now all nations are a part of God covenantal family (Gen 22). Without revelation Abraham had no hope, Moses had no purpose, and Joshua would have no function.  God used revelation to inspire (David Psalms), teach, lead, correct, and guide his people even during their times of disobedience, idolatry, and exile. See the books of the former prophets and lesser prophets and Jeremiah specifically God’s use of prose in that book is demonstrable of the manner in which he conveyed His thoughts to a rebellious nation as well as His love. God revealed His expressed will to people through the Holy Spirit, covenants, rituals, and revelations contained in OT and NT (Ps. 42:2; 63:2; 119:20, 81; 143:6; cf. Isa. 26:8). The book of Exodus reveals God’s covenantal nature to His people and how adherence to that covenant maintains a vertical relationship with their maker (Merrill, Rooker, andGrisanti, 209). Through revelation, God maintained his relationship with His people.

 

 

God to reveals himself to humankind

God began his relationship with humankind in Eden universal sin created a chasm between humanity and its Creator. God exiled Adam from the place of  “rest” to the rest referenced in Exodus not so much rest for God as it was for His people as a time set aside for public revelation (Walton, 145). After the flood, it became essential for the vertical relationship between God and man to become reestablished, and revelation from God enabled that creation covenant to become tenuous (Gen 8:20-22 NKJV). Walton proffered that the Torah enabled God to reveal himself to his people Israel who saw the Torah as a direct revelation from God concerning what He was like and defined His Character for the people, or His holiness as a benchmark for their lives (Walton, 143). Without revelation humanity would not have a moral compass – the ten commandments.  It was important for God to reveal his faithfulness to humankind –covenantal relationship, His sovereignty, and knowledge of Him that comes through the direct revelation embodied in His word (Merrill, Rooker, and Grisanti 390-391).

Importance of revelation to the prophets

According to Merrill, Rooker, and Grisanti, the OT provided its criteria of canonicity. The key words of “the word of the Lord came” as wells as “thus says the Lord” lend credibility to the writings of the prophets and authenticated the writings as the divine and revealed Word of God (112). The people receiving the writings knew that the words they were hearing came directly from God due to the key phrases that the prophets used in their prose (112). The people also had the phrases use by “their original” prophet Moses “These are the words which the LORD hath commanded, that ye should do them”  as a benchmark for future prophets (Exo 35:1 KJV). In short, revelation from God prevented the prophets from having to address concerns without God’s direct guidance.

Allow God to reveal himself to you today as you worship Him.  He sent His son and gave His blood to cleanse you, but it also opens up the line of communication between you and God. Use it today and every day.!

 

Bibliography

Köstenberger, Andreas J., L. Scott Kellum, and Charles L. Quarles. The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown. Nashville: B & H Pub. Group, 2009, Google Books.

Merrill, Eugene H., Mark F. Rooker, and Michael A. Grisanti. The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament. Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, 2011. https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=9iq5AwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&output=reader&hl=en&pg=GBS.PR4.

Walton, John H. Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006.

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