The Finger of God

“The cause [of the plagues] was the Lord’s hand, the hand regularly being symbolic of personal intervention and action, or the Lord’s finger, the finger suggesting a more detailed involvement.” -Alec Motyer, Exodus

How the Old Testament and New Testament Connect

“The fundamental relation between the Old Testament and the New Testament, according to Christ, is that between promise and fulfillment.” -John Stott, Understanding the Bible

‘Take it to the Lord’

“The Psalms are not only the longest book of the Bible; they are also the most varied. All life, in all its variety and complexity, is represented here. Yet all this multiplicity can be brought under one heading: ‘take it to the Lord.’ You know how you can take a mirror and so angle it to the sun that sunlight can be re-directed into a dark corner— or wherever? The Psalms teach us to set our lives at an angle, making sure our lives are so ‘angled’ that everything is at once transmitted into the Lord’s presence, and put into the context of what is true about him.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Why the Tabernacle Section is Sooo Long in Exodus

“The importance of the Tabernacle is indicated in the amount of space given to it in the Bible: first (Exod. 25– 31) the materials, measurements, furnishings and personnel of the Tabernacle are spelled out in detail; then (Exod. 36– 40) the same details are repeated, but this time describing the way they were constructed and put in place. We might well ask why such detail, and why twice over! The answer is given in Exodus 29: 42– 5. Far from being needlessly repetitious, the Tabernacle is the very reason why the Lord brought his people out of Egypt. To put it another way: the Tabernacle is the very purpose achieved by redemption through the blood of the lamb—‘ that I may dwell among them’. The beautiful and ornate Tent had a simple, specific purpose: they were a tent-dwelling people, and the Lord wished to dwell among them, and would have his Tent at the centre of theirs, as Numbers 2 shows, so that he could live among his people.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Grace Before Law

“Are you interpreting the ‘visual aid’? Egypt first, then Sinai; Passover first, then the giving of the Law; the divine work of grace first, then the life of responsive obedience, redemption/ salvation first, then walking with God in his appointed way of holiness.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

The Old Testament is Our Book

“The Old Testament does not belong— let me say it to you sensitively— does not belong to the Jewish people. The Old Testament is our book, and the things that happened in the Old Testament are our prehistory, yours and mine because we belong to Jesus. Bishop Maurice Wood was the prince of pulpit anecdotes. ‘A story for every occasion’ could be the title of his biography. He delighted to tell of a Frenchman who became a naturalised Englishman. He was asked, ‘Has it made any difference to you that you are now an English citizen and not a French citizen?’ ‘Oh yes,’ he said, ‘it has made all the difference in the world. You see now I’ve won the Battle of Waterloo!’ The Old Testament is our book. We should never find ourselves saying ‘They came out of Egypt.’ The Exodus redemption is my prehistory and yours. And what we call Old and New Testament is one magnificent story of God working out his age-long purpose of salvation, making promises and keeping them, inspiring predictions and fulfilling them, taking and preserving a people for his name and glory.” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Where Did the Pharisees Comes From?

“In the 400 years between Malachi and Matthew an offshoot developed and became what in the time of the Lord Jesus was Pharisaic Judaism. The Lord Jesus, warned that he has displeased the Pharisees, responded about them that they were a plant which his heavenly Father did not plant (Matt. 15: 12– 13).” -Alec Motyer, A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament