Pastor’s Pen: March 1, 2020 Series: Understanding the Timeline – Lesson 1 “…that unto them (the Jews) were committed the oracles of God.”
Pastor’s Pen: March 1, 2020 Series: Understanding the Timeline – Lesson 1
“…that unto them (the Jews) were committed the oracles of God.”
We live in the Church Age: the Age of grace. To better understand the Bible, it is good to have a general overview of the timeline the Lord has set up. I will be doing a series on this timeline so you will be able to mentally grasp and understand the Bible. This will help you understand your salvation, where you fit into the Bible, and how the Lord deals with people.
The Bible helps us understand our beginning by telling us that our God has no beginning or end because He was in eternity and not bound by time. He sets a timeline in motion to and creates everything we know. It is always assumed that because the Bible begins in Genesis that the Old Testament does as well. That is not the case. The word testament defined by Mr. Webster is, “A solemn authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to the disposal of his estate and effects after his death. This is otherwise called a will.” By this definition, there had to be a will given and a death to start off this will.
So, the Old Testament actually begins after a writing and the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9). After passing through the Red Sea (Exodus 12-14), the Lord gives them the law in the wilderness solidifying them as a nation (Exodus 19-23). The solidifying of this Testament happens in Exodus 24:8 which says, “And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.” So, it is after the “shedding of blood” and the giving of the law that the Old Testament beings.
The question now is, “Which testament does everything before Exodus fall into?” The answer is the word “dispensation.” This simply means the dealing of God to his creatures. Genesis and part of the Book of Exodus fall into no testament be there are several dispensations that are important to note. The Dispensations of Innocence (Adam in the Garden), Conscience (Fall of Man), Human Government (Genesis 11), and Promise (Genesis 12) all fall under pre-Old Testament. The reason why this is in the Bible is because it gives us the history of the Jews and how they because God’s chosen people. They had an advantage because they were given the words of God and they obeyed the Lord.
*For more information, see: Dispensational Truth and Rightly Dividing the Word: Dr. Clarence Larkin