Listen to this devotional:
Psalm 2:12 – Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. (KJV)
Proverbs 30:4 – Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell? (KJV)
Once, during a Bible retreat, I was blessed by the wonderful teaching that everything in the Old Testament is included in the New Testament, and vice versa. This information made a notable difference in my study of Old Testament Scripture, recognizing the importance of Jesus' words:
Luke 24:44 – These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (KJV)
With this understanding, I have gained new insight into the Lord's presence in Old Testament Scripture, an experience which has proven invaluable to my personal relationship with Christ.
Some have argued that Jesus' name is never mentioned in the Old Testament. However, according to one fascinating study, the Hebrew name of Jesus, "Yeshua", can be found throughout the Old Testament, when it is translated "salvation". For believers, this truth is remarkably significant to our Christian faith. For example, the following passage, and others like it, portrays the Lord's salvation as a person:
Isaiah 62:11 – Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold thy salvation (Y'shua) cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. (KJV)
Also, with this thought in mind, the words of the dying Jacob become profoundly more meaningful:
Genesis 49:18 – I have waited for thy salvation (Y'shua), O Lord. (KJV)
Today's Scripture, Psalm 2:12, written hundreds of years before Jesus, refers to God's Son. The question is then raised: "What is His Son's name?" Reflecting on these passages in light of all that I have learned, no doubt the theme of the entire Bible from Genesis through Revelation is the Son of the living God: the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the scarlet cord that ties the Old and New covenants together into one divine story (His story). Whether Old Testament or New, God's Son is revealed to all who seek Him with a sincere heart.
It is my hope that readers will be enlightened to a new level of faith by studying Old Testament Scripture. Then, with full confidence, we can "kiss the Son", trusting that His name is Jesus, Yeshua, our salvation.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for Your eternal Word, in both the Old and New covenants, which bears powerful testimony of faith in Christ. May Your Holy Spirit open the eyes of our hearts to understand the Scripture, allowing us to experience a closer, more intimate walk with You. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.