• The Suffering Servant and Conquering King Article by Alec Motyer

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    John the Baptist was the last of the “Old Testament” prophets, and his message — “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” — tells us in a nutshell what the task of the prophets was and how they went about it. Their task was to speak the word God had given them; their objective was a message relevant to their contemporaries; and their method included news of coming events so that people might be forewarned and forearmed. So John said “repent” (a message for the present), and also predicted (“the kingdom is at hand”), so that in the … View Resource

  • The Prophets Article by Alec Motyer

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    We do ourselves no favors by calling the first part of our Bibles the “Old Testament.” Why, the very title suggests something bygone! Of course, we are too far down the road to discard this description, but we need constantly to recall that the Lord Jesus would not have understood it. To Him, what we call the “Old Testament” was simply “the Scriptures” (John 5:39), or “the word of God” (Mark 7:13). So how can it be “bygone”? Rather, it lives and abides forever (Isa. 40:8), and if we do not find the inspired words of the prophets gripping, the … View Resource