“Surely I have cleansed my heart in vain,And washed my hands in innocence.” ~ Psalm 73:13 (Asaph)
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” ~ John 3:2-3 (Jesus)
Have you noticed how the New speaks to the Old? While the Old is ancient the New is timeless. Surely the Old is timeless yet shrouded in mystery until the New comes along. The New is actually the Old but with a paradigm shift. Here is an example:
In Psalm 73 we read the words of a disheartened man. What makes this even more discouraging is that this man, Asaph, is a leader in the Temple. He is complaining about the pointlessness of faithful service. He declares it "vain" to live pure before his Lord for all the evil that surrounds him. It is not until he goes to the Temple that his perspective is righted.
Centuries later, Jesus speaks to Asaph. The New speaks to the Old. While the Old is ancient, complaints concerning supposed lack of purpose, what the New says is timeless, coming from God's Son. He speaks through John in his first letter to the Christian.
In essence, Asaph says, “What’s the point?”
Jesus says, “I am the Point.”
The Paradigm has shifted. Where once it was the Temple where Asaph's heart is refreshed, Jesus offers Himself as our refreshment, saying to pursue purity and submissive service to Him will be rewarded when we see Him with our own eyes. Even now He makes His Temple our hearts where we may turn to Him to be reminded of our riches in Him. Where one time the Temple was the Purpose Jesus makes Himself our Purpose. The New speaks to the Old. Our complaints are ancient but His promises are timeless.
Does He speak to Job? Does He even speak to the Ark of the Covenant? Yes, in all these things He speaks and willingness will hear Him.
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