Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 39 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap of Part 1: Part one of this series began with the question in the title, “What did they know?” The discussion began with the thoughts or views of the patriarchs; Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. Could they and did they understand the mind of God? Did they grasp the concept of Christ and what he would accomplish? What concepts did they grasp and know? Righteousness? Faith? Hope? Love? We will delve a little deeper in this week’s continuation. If we seek to understand what they know, we may wrap our own minds around the mind of God more fully.

Part 2

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” (KJV Gen 1:3). If we are to understand this moment in time, we must consider who speaks and to whom. The creator, Christ, speaks and it is so. His word alone has the creative power to make that which is nonexistent, a reality. The penmen of these words is the Holy Spirit through inspiration to Moses. What did Moses know? Did he know there were three in the godhead? Did he understand who was speaking when he wrote those words found in Genesis 1:3?

The bible says: “And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him” (KJV Gen 2:18-20). We can clearly see a joyous time between Christ and Adam. They had fellowship from the beginning. They must have had fun together discussing all the animal’s names and laughing together. And Adam had the great honor of naming God’s creatures. What did Adam know about Christ’s Plan/Way? Adam lived 930 years, how long was he in the garden? How many conversations did they enjoy together before the fall?

The Holy Spirit through the mouth of Paul helps us to understand the righteousness of God. “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus” (KJV Rom 3: 21-26). Paul makes a statement here we need to explore very thoroughly. He reports that he, Paul, is declaring the righteousness of God… at this time. What does that mean? Did Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses know the righteousness of God? Did they know the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ?

If you were to take a guess, how many people existed from the creation until the New Testament began? Can we count that high? And how many of them understood the Plan/Way? Is their faith equal to ours? Did they and could they grasp these concepts? The Holy Spirit through Isaiah writes: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (KJV Isaiah 28:9-10). We see that God gives to us what is possible to understand and he did so, “here a little, and there a little”.

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