‘You will all fall away,” Jesus told them, “for it is written:” ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.”
Have you ever had a meeting with someone and all they do is quote Scripture within their conversation?
How did it make you feel?
Did it make you relieved you had learnt John 3:16 a long time ago?
Did it make you want to punch the said person on the nose?!
Jesus had not only read but memorised the Old Testament Scriptures and he would apply those passages to his context.
He actually quoted from:
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Psalms (10 different ones), Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Hosea, Micah, Zechariah and Malachi. That’s 13 different books and by my count 37 different quotes. He did all this without a cross-referenced Bible or google.
Why did he quote so much?
The foundation of the people he lived with were the first five Books of Moses, the Prophets and the Writings, our Old Testament. They based their values, standards and expectations from those books. Jesus did this also. Whether he was being tempted or teaching or going through his trials like the one walking to the garden of Gethsemane where he quotes Zechariah, his thoughts were, ‘what has been written about this?’ He was a Jew and the Scriptures were life itself. Not to be quoted at people to impress though that has always been the case to the present day, but to be used for guidance, for help and understanding.
If you live amongst Muslims, where should you quote from?
If working with young people, where should you quote from?
What is foundational to the people you are trying to reach, love and serve?
Of course for us, we have the New Testament to also memorise and quote from.
I think we should:
Read and quote more from the Bible than we do into the context of our lives.
Read more widely and be able to quote from other sources depending on who we reaching.