THE LIMITATION OF THE OT PROPHETS
Updated: Aug 13, 2020
Hebrews 1:1-2 Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
The prophets and elders of the Old Testament had a limitation in their knowledge of the true character and nature of God. These prophets spoke to our fathers about God in sundry times and different manners. This means that their revelation or communication about God to our fathers were in bits and pieces of revelation about the nature of God. They did not have the full revelation or the full picture about God.
In these last days, God is known in his son. This means that we can only know God accurately in Christ. Jesus is the express image or the full revelation of God. Outside Jesus, God is not known.
In 1 Samuel chapter 16, it was recorded that an evil Spirit from God came to Saul, yet we know by the doctrine of Christ that, God has no evil spirit. We have the record that Elijah called forth fire from Heaven and the disciples of Jesus wanted to do same to consume people (2 KINGS 1:10; LUKE (9:54-56).
However, Jesus rebuked them and said if they knew the spirit of which they were born of, they would not call down fire to consume their enemies. We also have the record that Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind.
However, when Jesus came, he said in John 3: 13 that, no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven. The prophets obviously had a limitationn in their knowledge of certain events as well as a lack of full understanding of God’s character.
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. This scripture shows that before Jesus came, no one has seen or known God. He had been known partially from experiences of men, but Jesus brought to us the full knowledge of God. 1st John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Hence God can only be known in Christ. John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Jesus is the revelation of the Father. All through the old testament, there was an uncertainty about the nature of God.
That explains why the Prophets Isaiah and Amos said that God could do evil. Isaiah 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Amos 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it? However Jesus brought the true knowledge of God to us. Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Jesus both in his words and actions showed us that God is good.
Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. We saw the goodness of God in how Jesus went about healing all that were sick. Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
We see that the Father only does good, for Jesus only did what the Father does. John 5:19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.