The World Awaiting Jesus
Did you know there were about 400 “silent” years after the last of the inspired prophets spoke and the first of the New Testament writers began to write? There’s a word in Paul’s letter to the Galatians that says, “When the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law.” (Gal. 4:4)
In other words, the time of our Lord’s birth was God’s appointed hour, the moment for which God had been long preparing. Some of the exciting preparations took place during that time of “silence,” and you will understand your New Testament much better if you understand something of the historic events during the time between the Testaments.
Commonly known as the Intertestamental Period, there were monumental events which shaped the world into which Jesus was eventually born. The land of Palestine, occupied by the returning Israelite exiles, became the brokered pawn of major empires that entered and exited the world stage. The great Persian empire fell with the rise of the Greeks and Alexander the Great, whose demise gave way to independence under the Ptolemies, eventually to succumb to Caesar and the mighty Romans.
Today’s Post is a short study written by Ray C. Stedman. Ray was pastor of Peninsula Bible Church in Palo Alto, California for 40 years. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, he was an outstanding Bible expositor and travelled around the world. Ray was an ardent and faithful supporter of the Jewish people and the State of Israel all his life. All of his sermons and his biography are available online. A number of his messages are especially relevant towards better understanding the relationships between Christians and Jews, and God’s program for Israel as different from that of the church of Jesus Christ.
Ray went to be with the LORD on October 07, 1992. His clear and profound love for his Savior survives in his numerous devotionals, studies, sermons, and books.
CLICK on the BLUE Headline Link ABOVE to read Ray’s study on “BETWEEN THE TESTAMENTS”.