The Bible, gives certainty,
not confused arguments about eclipsed arrangements
of gold silver, food and drink.
Luke lifts the veil off the process and shows the reliability of the New Testament in 1:4
that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.
Certainty over endless speculation and lipservice
The gospels, in particular, shatter the reality tv of the Old Testament because they deal with the substance of God’s gift, God-with-us. The gospels show us God’s yeah and amen, not his you’d better note.
There’s no version to compete with or accompany the accounts of the four evangelists. There are no eyewitnesses or servants that have anything seismic to say in addition to the “We heard the Father say ‘Pay attention to my Son'” of Peter and his companions.
Moses, Annas, Caiaphas, and the elders of Israel got it wrong. God’s message is not terror and corruptible things but a welcoming Father-love.
Hebrews 12:18-24 paints the contrast in stark terms. For you have not come, says the writer, to
- what may be touched
- a blazing fire
- the sound of a trumpet
- a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them.
The gospel came in due season to show God’s timeless design for the human race. If we believe that a tent and its regulations are that design does that not mean that we have trashed the Son of God?
For they could not endure the order that was given, If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned. Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, I tremble with fear. (vss 20-21)
But you have come to
- Mount Zion
- the city of the living God
- the heavenly Jerusalem
- innumerable angels in festal gathering
- the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven
- God, the judge of all
- the spirits of the righteous made perfect
- Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant
- the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.