Question 14: When Jesus spoke to the devil, in His answer He said, "it is written." Where was it written?
The Israelites wandered in the desert forty years, Jesus Christ spent forty days in the wilderness.
God tested the Israelites the wilderness of Sinai. The devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness.
In answer to the devil's question Jesus quoted Moses. "It is written."
The New Testament quotes the book of Deuteronomy about eighty times. Jesus Christ quoted from Deuteronomy more than from any other book. Today's clergymen do not teach from or quote Deuteronomy. As a direct result, you see Christians and men in government without a knowledge of God's commandments and ignorant of Moses' instructions. Strangely, the clergy seem to be making sure it stays that way with proclamations that God's law (food for our nation) is done away.
Romans 9, 10 and 11 is another example of doctrinal instruction preceded by a history lesson. And fully 39% of the verses in these three chapters are quotations of the Old Testament. If New Testament Christians do not know that the Old Testament is being quoted, and if they haven't studied the quoted Old Testament verses, then how in the world are they to understand Paul's message? They can't.
The temptation was the current event. It is written is the history that must be understood to comprehend the current event. We cannot understand Jesus Christ's answer to the devil, that man does not live by bread alone, unless we first understand the portion of the Old Testament being quoted.
We can not understand, in fact we will greatly misunderstand Paul if we do not know what is written, that 39%.
In Romans 15:4 the Apostle Paul said, Now whatsoever things written aforetime were written for our learning. Many have little use for the Old Testament considering themselves New Testament Christians. The New Testament is in many ways simply an explanation of the Old Testament. I would ask them, how can you understand an explanation if you do not know something is being explained?
We left off in Deuteronomy 4, verse 2.
Several very interesting events follow: the first, the incident at Baalpeor. An event so important it is mentioned even in the Book of Revelation. Do you want a better understanding of Revelation? If "Yes," then Deuteronomy 4 this is a good place to start. Do you want to know how the wicked are working to destroy Christian America? If "Yes", then you must have an understanding of The Doctrine of Balaam.
Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God [are] alive every one of you this day.
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