GRACE OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
By Will Kinney
Many Christians have been deluded into
thinking that the plethora of new bible versions that are flooding the market
today, all teach the same things, but just with different, updated words. In
this brief study, we shall examine just four verses found in the Old Testament.
In the King James Bible they are precious verses which teach sound
doctrine concerning the truly amazing grace of our loving Father towards
His children. These precious truths have been distorted and even denied
in the new perversions- which include the nkjv, the nas and the niv. Please
hear me out, read carefully and ask God to give you spiritual understanding.
God has always dealt with His people according to the everlasting covenant of grace revealed to Abraham and his spiritual seed, confirmed to them and fulfilled in Christ. See Galatians 3:12-29. "And if ye be Christ�s, then are ye Abraham�s seed, and heirs acording to the promise." God had redeemed His people out of Egypt (Exodus 6:6) and forgiven their sins, even though they were a stiffnecked people ( Num. 14: 19, 20). Just as God sees us as blameless, holy and without spot (Eph. 1:4; I Cor. 1:8), not because of our own obedience or righteousness, but because we are covered with the righteousness of Christ, so too, were His people in the wilderness.
But see how this truth has been lost in the nas and the niv "bibles". The nas says: "He has not observed misfortune in Jacob; Nor has He seen trouble in Israel." The niv has: "No misfortune is seen in Jacob, no misery observed in Israel." There had been misery and misfortune in Israel, as well as sin and rebellion. But God is speaking a blessing through Balaam upon His redeemed people and stating how He sees them because they are His own peculiar people. "Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God�s elect? It is God that justifieth." Romans 8:33. This truth of great comfort is lost in the nas and niv. I personally do not believe any other English bible contains all of God�s perfect, preserved, inspired words except the King James Bible.
But frequently, the new version proponents like to gang up on the KJB, as though it were the only Bible to read a certain way.
Other versions which agree with the KJB here are the Hebrew
into English versions of 1917, 1936 ( put out by the Hebrew Pub. Com. and the
Jewish Pub. Society of America), the asv of 1901, Geneva Bible, Young�s
translation, Darby, the nkjv, Amplified and the Spanish Reina Valera of
1602 and 1960.
If you look at the context, in the previous chapter God told Moses that the people would enter the promised land and would go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land and turn to other gods. God knew this before He brought them into the land, so their entering the land did not depend on their foreseen obedience to the law, but rather because of the covenant of grace made with Abraham. They are still His children whom He bought (verse 6) , His people and inheritance (verse 9) and verse 19 still refers to them as "his sons and daughters". They are His children even though disobedient, just as your child is still your child no matter what he does. God�s children did corrupt themselves with strange gods, and the spot or blemish they received belonged to the idolatrous practices of other people, but they are still His children, bought by God and belonging to Him as the rest of the chapter shows.
Now look at the nkjv in verse 5. "They
have corrupted themselves: They are not His children, Because of their blemish."
The nas is similar with its: "They are not His children
because of their defect". Both these perversions tell us they are not His
children, and then in the very next verse tell us they are His children because
He is their Father and He bought them! The niv is even worse with its: "to
their shame they are no longer his children". This teaches the vile doctrine
that one can be a child of God and then lose it and no longer be His child, yet
verse 6 and 19 still refer to them as His children! These are obvious false
doctrines and contradictions. Other versions that agree with the KJB in
verse 5 as teaching they are still His children are Darby, Youngs, Spanish,
Italian Diodati, Hebrew-English of 1917, and the nrsv of 1989.
He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. David, for the most part, did fairly well, yet he failed miserably in the matter of Bathsheba and Uriah, whom he murdered. Yet, even though David had not lived up to the divine standard,( only Christ as the true Son of David could do that) God had established the everlasting covenant of the "sure mercies of David" with him and He does the same thing with us. See Isaiah 55:3 KJB.
notice the suble but deadly changes made in this verse by the nas and niv. Instead
of "Although my house be not so with God, yet he hath made with me an everlasting
covenant..." the niv has: "Is not my house right with God? Has
he not made with me an everlasting covenant arranged and secure in every part?
While the nas has: "Truly is not my house so with God? For He has made
an everlasting covenant with me, ordered in all things and secured." Neither
agrees with the other, yet they both unite in implying that God made a covenant
with David because his house was so upright. This is a works salvation theology
and denies the true facts regarding David�s life and the covenant of the sure
mercies granted to David. False doctrine.
"And an highway shall be there, an a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there." This verse teaches that there will be an highway for the redeemed to walk on and even though they may be fools, they shall not err. If we are among the redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, He will keep us secure even though we, in and of ourselves, are at times foolish. What a comfort and encouragement to our souls. We are all foolish at times. All of us make dumb misakes and do not think clearly nor act with wisdom all too often. But praise God He chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise - I Cor. 1:27 and even though "the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light"- Luke 16:8
Versions that agree with the KJB reading here in Isaiah 35:8 are the asv, 1917, 1936, Young, Geneva, Darby, Spanish, rsv and nrsv, and the nkjv though it omits several words found in the Hebrew text, but basically it says the same as the KJB.
However in the nas we read: "And a highway will be there, a roadway, and it will be called the highway of holiness, but it will be for him (the Hebrew is them- not him) who walks that way, and fools will not wander on it." The nas "fools will not wander on it" seems to be saying fools will not get on it occasionally but the niv is even clearer in its perversion of truth. The niv has: "And a highway will be there, it will be called the Way of Holiness, The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way, wicked fools will not go about on it." There is no word for "wicked" in Hebrew, and the niv is teaching that there will be no fools on the highway- the exact opposite of the KJB and others.
If you are a Christian, and can honestly admit that you are sometimes foolish, then there is no comfort or assurance that you are a child of God and among the redeemed if you believe the niv. According to the niv in Deut 32:5 you may once be a child of God, and then no longer be His child- gone is the eternal security of the believer who has been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. You had better watch your step! This is just some of the confusion wrought by the perversions that are so popular among present day Christiandom. Most do not read their bibles anyway, so few would probably notice. There is a famine in the land today, as prophesied in Amos 8:11 "Behold the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD."
I ask you to consider these four examples of how the grace of God is being lost or perverted in the new "bibles." There are hundreds of other things seriously wrong with these perversions of God�s holy words, and they are well documented at many sites on the internet and in many books that have come out recently defending the King James Bible as God�s preserved, inspired words.
Some will have ears to hear and will turn back to the old ways where you will find rest for your souls, but others will go on in their blindness and trust in the "scholarship" of modern Bible critics. May God give you the grace to grow in the true knowledge of His Son and our blessed kinsman redeemer Who purchased us to be eternally and securely His own.
God bless you, a brother in Christ, Will Kinney