Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Saphir: grace in the "Old" Testament

Tuesday, July 6, 2021
    Feast of John Huss, Reformer, Martyr, 1415
    Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, &
    John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535
    Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
    —Genesis 15:6 (NIV)
    What is meant by calling the writings of Moses and the Prophets [the] “Old Testament”? Do they not set forth the covenant of grace? The doctrine of justification by faith: does not Paul in his Epistle to the Romans prove it from Genesis (case of Abraham) and from the Psalms (case of David, Ps. 32)? Where is the doctrine of substitution and the vicarious sufferings of the messiah set forth more clearly than in Leviticus and in the 53rd of Isaiah? The term “Old Testament” leads people to fancy it is an antiquated book; whereas, in many respects, it is newer than the New Testament, referring more fully to the age of glory and blessedness on the earth which is still before us.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 140 (see the book)
    See also Gen. 15:6; Ps. 32; Isa. 53
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your entire word unfolds Your grace towards Your people.
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