God said that He would one day raise up a prophet like Moses from among the Jewish people (Deuteronomy 18:18). That prophet was, of course, He Himself – in the person of Jesus Christ.
God said to Moses, “I will put My words in His mouth” (Deuteronomy 18:18). This foretold how the Scriptures of the prophets would be transformed from a fleshly perspective to a spiritual perspective. Jesus would become “Lord” and thereby all the commandments and promises of the Lord in the Old Testament would be reinterpreted through Him (Read Reading Psalm 1 in Light of Jesus and His Kingdom – Part 1 of 2 and the three posts that follow on that blog for a fuller explanation of Jesus becoming “Lord.”)
For example, in Joshua 1:5 the Lord promises Joshua, “I will not fail you or forsake you” in his leadership of the nation of Israel. Through Jesus, these words become a promise to all humanity, for the Messiah is for all nations.
Therefore, we should not read the words of the Lord in the Old Testament except as coming from the mouth of Jesus (see The Bible Is the Book of Jesus). To do otherwise is to miss their eternal meaning.
There is no dichotomy between the Father and the Son. There is no trinity. Christ is Lord…and Christ is God. He is our Father, just as He was the Father of Israel in the Old Testament. Let us serve Him all the days of our lives.
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