Inquiring the LORD: The Old Testament Way verses the New

In the Old Testament our forefathers inquired of the LORD for guidance in all matters concerning their welfare. King David made inquires to the LORD on all matters of warfare. The LORD gave him guidance on matters such as whom to save and whom to slaughter in battle; what to recover from the spoil and what to destroy; how and when to attack and ensnare the enemies, etc.

Today, nonetheless, our LORD has not stopped guiding His people concerning the daily decisions of life even when we think that a decision to be made is insignificant. You see the LORD is interested in all the decisions that we make in life be it for marriage, for a job, or even about the home to move into. However the New Testament method for acquiring guidance is different from the Old Testament methodology.

Inquiring in the Old Testament

In the Old Testament inquiries to the LORD where made through priests. The priests had what is called an Urim and a Thummim put in the breastplate that they wore when consulting God on behalf of the people of Israel.

Put the Urim and Thummim in the breastpiece, so that Aaron will carry them when he comes into my holy presence. At such times he must always wear this breastpiece, so that he can determine my will for the people of Israel. (Exodus 28:30 GNB)

Inquiring in the New Testament

In the New Testament, the bible says that Christ has made all of us priests; hence we all have something similar to an Urim and Thummim. The Urim symbolised illumination or lights while the Thummim symbolised the truth. The Holy Spirit plays these roles today. Christ said that when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13 KJVR)

How does the Holy Spirit Show us things to come

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:26-28 KJVR)

The bible says that by praying in the spirit, the one who searches the hearts (God Almighty) knows what the spirit is saying and then answers us by the same spirit who then tells us what God is thinking about the matter at hand. In the verse quoted above the Holy Spirit’s answer is that all things work out for good to them that love the LORD.

From the day I comprehended this wisdom I always have something to post on my blog because the Holy Spirit illuminates a new truth as long as I inquire through speaking in other tongues.

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