Torrey - Christ -1.4- Jesus is Jehovah of the OT

IV. STATEMENTS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THAT ARE MADE DISTINCTLY OF JEHOVAH, GOD, TAKEN IN THE NEW TESTAMENT TO REFER TO JESUS CHRIST. 

Psalm 102:24-27 — "I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yes, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:

But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end."

In Hebrews 1:10-12 the following statement is interpreted as referring to Jesus Christ: "And thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands. They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment.

And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail". Isaiah 40:3 4 "The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD (Jehovah), make straight in the desert the highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain."

In Matthew 3:3 and Luke 1:68-69,76, Jesus is the Lord before whose face the messenger goes: "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people. And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David. And thou, child shall be called the prophet of the highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways." Jeremiah 11:20 — "But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause." Jeremiah 17:10 — "I, the LORD, search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings."

In Revelation 2:23, it is Jesus who does what is distinctly said of Jehovah in the Old Testament passage: "And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." Isaiah 60:19 — "The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory." (See also Zechariah 2:5.)

This is said of Jesus in Luke 2:32 — "A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel." Isaiah 6:1,3,10 — "In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sit-ring upon a throne high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. And one cried unto another and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert and be healed." (Compare to John 12:37-41 — "But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him. That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias when he saw his glory, and spake of him.") In the Old Testament passage it was when he saw the glory of Jehovah of hosts that Isaiah spoke these things, but in the New Testament John says it was when Isaiah saw the glory of Jesus Christ that he said this. The inference is simple.

Isaiah 8;13-14 "Sanctify the Load of hosts himself: and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offense to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." (Compare to Peter 2:7-8 — "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the comer, and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.") In the Old Testament Jehovah is the stone of stumbling, etc. In the New Testament it is Jesus Christ. Isaiah 8:12-13 — "Say ye not, a confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, a confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

Sanctify the LORD of hosts Himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread." (Compare to 1 Peter 3:14 "But and if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear neither be troubled; but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear.") Numbers 21:6-7 — "And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us, and Moses prayed for the people." (Compare to 1 Corinthians 10:9 — "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.") Psalm 23:1 — "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." Isaiah 40:10-11 — "Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young." (Compare to John 10:11 — "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.") In the Old Testament Jehovah is the good shepherd; in the New Testament Jesus is the good shepherd. Ezekiel 34:11-12,18 — "For thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pasture? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?"

Compare to Luke 19:10 — "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." In the Old Testament Jehovah "seeks and saves the lost," in the New Testament Jesus "seeks and saves the lost."

Lord in the Old Testament always refers to God except where the context clearly indicates otherwise: Lord in the New Testament always refers to Jesus Christ except where the context clearly indicates otherwise.

Proposition: Many statements which in the Old Testament are made distinctly of Jehovah, God, are taken in the New Testament to refer to Jesus Christ; i.e., in New Testament thought and doctrine Jesus Christ occupies the place that Jehovah occupies in Old Testament thought and doctrine.