Jesus knew scripture. We can see that scripture was very important to Jesus and that he used it as part of his everyday life. Jesus regularly quotes the Old Testament, using the words, “It is written.” The apostles frequently did the same thing. That shows us we should also quote scripture for our particular, individual needs. In fact we see in scripture that Jesus quoted from 24 different Old Testament books.
Jesus quoted scriptures for several different reasons; to overcome evil, to bring healing, to teach the disciples, to encourage, etc. Jesus often quoted part of a verse, so we can do the same.
One of the main verses which show just how important scripture was to Jesus’ life, can be found in Matthew 4:4 ‘Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’. This show that for Jesus it was just as important to feed the spiritual self on the word as it is the body on food.
James Montgomery Boice reaffirms this point saying ‘It is beyond doubt that Jesus highly esteemed the Old Testament and constantly submitted to it as to an authoritative revelation. He taught that the Scriptures bore a witness to him, just as he bore a witness to them. Because they are the words of God, Jesus assumed their complete reliability, in whole and to the smallest part.’
According to John Piper for the believer that fact that, ‘The Lord Jesus regarded the Old Testament as a trustworthy, authoritative, unerring guide in our quest for enduring happiness.’.. ‘we who submit to the authority of Christ will also want to submit to the authority of the Book He esteemed so highly.’
Over the next few days we will continue on the theme that ‘Living like Jesus publically starts with living like Jesus privately’ by focusing on the importance of scripture in our life.’