In our last post we start to look at the Old Testament canon, which readers may review here http://www.growingchristianresources.com/2022/10/the-doctrine-of-scripture-series-old.html.
*Prophetic Test. Was the book written by a prophet or Apostle of God, or an associate? See Exodus 24:4; Luke 1:1-4.
*Miraculous Test. Was the writer confirmed by acts of God? See Exod. 4:1-9; Num. 16-17;
1 Kings 18; Mark 2; Acts 2:22; Heb. 2:4.
*Truth Test. Did the message tell the truth about God? See Deut. 13:1-3; 18:21-22.
*Salvation Test. Can the book bring someone to saving faith? See Is. 55:11; 2 Tim.
3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:23
*Recognition Test. Was it recognized by the people of God? The Old Testament’s books
recognition is demonstrated by how quickly they went into use after their writing. See
The Canon’s use would be used of God to call the people of God back to Himself. We read the following in 2 Kings 22:9-11
This particular Biblical citation recorded events in the mid-seventh century b.c. Contrary to higher critical theories, which suggest that the books of the canon were being edited and re-edited to fit the agenda and reforms of the King of Jerusalem in that time (King Josiah), the text plainly tells us that "the book" found was already completed. We see no evidence of "redaction" or editing being done. Space does not permit me to go into the details of how we can know from archaeology and the study of the Hebrew text that Moses truly wrote the Pentateuch (Genesis - Deuteronomy) in the 15th century b.c. What we do know is this, that history tells us that we can rest assured that the books we have in our Old Testament are the right books, because they bore the marks of Divine inspiration.