Jesus’ expectations regarding the written word This phrase is used often by Jesus and is found in multiple passages, including: - Mt 12:1-5: Jesus used this phrase twice.
- Mt 19:3-5: used at the beginning of His response in the discussion about marriage.
- Mt 21:15-16, and 40-42
- Mt 22:29-32. What do we learn: 1. Jesus expected the answers to their questions would be found in the reading. Paul says the same thing in 2Tim 3:16-17. Isa 8:19-20. Not only questions about marriage, church organization and marriage, but whatever the hot topic of the day is. Today one of those is how do we treat poor people? People answer from political perspectives or others but our response should first be based upon the fact that we are Christians. Prov 11:24 speaks to this answer.
2. Revelation settles the question. There was no negotiating once the Word was read. There is no “it seems to me...”. There is no “I know it says that but...”. There is a phrase used often in the NT, “it is written”. It’s used in several contexts and one of them is to answer questions. There was no negotiation in those instances because this is what God has said. In Luke 10:25-28 a similar phrase is used. “What is written in the law?” No more discussion was needed.
3. We should know the answer already. When Jesus answer the question “have you not read?”, He expected the person should already know the answer. Would we be prepared to answer the question “what is written in the gospel?” We need to know the Bible well enough to know where the answers to life questions are found in the Bible. So what about patternism? Some have wandered from the truth by saying there isn’t enough information in the Bible to determine a pattern, even if you wanted to follow one. Ex 25:40. See to it that you make them according to the pattern that was shown you on the mountain. This phrase is used twice in the NT. Acts 7:44 and Heb 8:5:
Ac 7:44 "Our fathers had the tabernacle of witness in the wilderness, as He appointed, instructing Moses to make it according to the pattern that he had seen,
Heb 8:5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain. So there is some precedent that God expects us to follow a pattern. Here is more proof: Phil 4:9 -The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. 2 Tim 1:13 - Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 1 Cor 11:23 -For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread; Maybe the most meaningful of the three verses. The people had made the Lords Supper into something they liked better. Paul says to stop doing that. So we are patternists, as we should be. The most important pattern is the one involving how we are saved from our sins, we need to do exactly what was said in the first century. Have you not read?