How the Old Testament Became Irrelevant (Part 4/4) Ignored Warnings


I would like to quote for you the Preface
to the Commentary on the Old Testament written by the noted
scholars C.F. Keil and F. Delitzsch. Virtually every Christian commentary written
in the past century relies to some level or another on this work. Keil and Delitzsch were Germans; pioneering
Christian Scholars who wrote in the early-middle part of the
1800’s . “It was reserved for the Deism, Naturalism,
and Rationalism which became so prevalent in the closing
quarter of the eighteenth century, to be the first to undermine the belief in the inspiration
of the first covenant, and more and more to choke up this
well of saving truth; so that at the present day
depreciation of the Holy Scriptures of the Old Testament is as widely spread as ignorance
of what they really contain. “ A little more than 150 years ago Keil and
Delitzsch were eyewitnesses to that moment in history that the
institutional church sawed the Bible in half and threw the first part of it away. They chronicled it, fought against it, and
even though they are still among the most esteemed Christian
Scholars studied to this day, their caution and warning has been mostly ignored and the
now nearly blind and deaf institutionalized Church of
Jesus Christ gallops on convinced that they are finally and fully
emancipated to live any life they choose and without fear of consequence from our fearsome
God. Those who have fairly recently taken up the
good fight to rediscover the formative part of our Bible, and
to once again explore its truths found nowhere else in God’s Word, are forced to endure
the taunts and accusations of these blind spiritual advisors
who lead our largest Christian organizations; they say that
we are merely cults that desire to minimize Yeshua, or to lead people into Rabbinical
Judaism, or even to entirely separate ourselves from Him when
in fact the opposite is the truth. This was the same accusations hurled at the
Puritans and the Pilgrims who fled the increasingly secular
and warped European Christianity for a new start in a New World across the Atlantic. But this should not
surprise us. In many ways it follows the same pattern that
we observe in the standard modern exegetical teaching of the New Testament,
which is itself so dependent on Messiah’s Sermon on the
Mount as recorded in the Book of Matthew. (And so when we complete Ruth, we shall
immediately begin to study that Gospel).

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