Connection of Old Testament to New Testament
In the chapters of Ezra we are able to see how there is a clear connection to the Old Testament and New Testament. We see that GOD does not abandon those faithful believers who continue to trust the saving grace and power of GOD. We are able to see that GOD works wonders for those who trust in His saving faithfulness. We are reminded of this in every story we read in the Holy Bible. The connection between the Ezra and Jesus is that faithfulness that GOD has provided for those who trust in His will throughout the ages.
While Ezra preaching, teaching, and working for the temple’s construction happened after the exile of Judah and Benjamin, we are able to see that there is still a faithful remnant that waits for the works of GOD to begin. The construction of the temple took close to two decades to complete with the pauses that were experienced. We see that although there were difficulties in rebuilding the city of Jerusalem and the temple, the people of GOD maintained their faith in making sure that no matter the impediments, opposition, or difficulties, they would be trusting in the LORD.
We read the same Psalm 60’s beginning in seeing how the difficulties they experienced may be echoed in this Psalm. “O GOD, you have rejected us, broken our defenses; you have been angry; oh, restore us.” While there may have been judgment against the transgressions of the past, we see a forgiving GOD who is able to forgive His people and restore them. “That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!”- Psalm 60: 5. We see that there is a constant belief that surrounds the faithful in knowing that GOD answers and responds to our prayers and our petitions.
In Ezra’s time, we see that the great city is built up through the construction of the temple even through the difficulties. In like manner, we see the redemption of the people through the grace of GOD who has given them another chance to change and be healed. We see the deliverance of GOD for His people as we read Psalm 62:1-2 “For GOD alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” We see that like David before the exiles, there is a hope in the restoration that GOD provides for those who wait on His love, redemption, peace, understanding, strength, might, and defense. The exiled individuals in Judah and Benjamin were able to experience the same belief as they were restored.
This restoration can be seen through the manner in which GOD calls us to be redeemed and changed from our past ways or previous actions. We are able to turn from our sin and walk with a new happiness knowing that the GOD that controls the world and the universe is in control. In the waiting, we see that Jesus Christ and John the Baptist were sent to preach the kingdom of GOD before the beginning of the end of time as stated in the Bible. We know that the two previous millenias would be considered the end of time in sequence to the establishment of the Gospel to be preached across the world. We are able to note that during that wait between the prophets of the Old Testament and the arrival of the New Testament, we could see believers firm in their hope in the belief of GOD. With John the Baptist and Jesus Christ leading us again back to the renewal of our spirit and preaching repentance and holiness and grace.
We are able to see the working of GOD throughout time whether we attempt to define the Old Testament timeline or New Testament, we know that it is in GOD’s time that everything happens. We are with a firm hope in knowing that through everything Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of Father and will return with glory, dominion, and power. We are reminded that we are able to accept salvation even through the difficulties and circumstances.
GOD Bless You Brothers and Sisters! Have a great day!