The Transition

…lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Malachi 4:6b

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Matthew 1:1

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. ..
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

Galatians 3:10, 13

As we look from the Old Testament to the New Testament, I find it interesting to see how the Old Testament ends and how the New Testament begins.  I find it fascinating that, though separated by several hundred years, the place where Matthew begins fits perfectly with the place Malachi left off.  I supposed it shouldn’t be too “fascinating,” as the same One wrote both books, but I digress.

The word “curse” is the last word of the Old Testament.   The Old Testament ends with a curse.  The New Testament begins in Matthew 1:1 with “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ.”  The Old Testament ends with a curse and the New Testament begins with Jesus Christ.

Galatians speaks of those under the law as being under a curse.  And in Galatians 3:13, we find this: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.”  The Old Testament is about the law.  The New Testament is about redemption from the law through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

If that isn’t a perfect ending and beginning, I don’t know what is!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I had never considered that before. Wow! Thank you for showing us that . . .and God bless you with His perfect love!

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