What Are The Odds?
Psalm 22:1 – My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?
Psalm 22:18 – They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Psalm 31:5 – Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.
Psalm 69:21 – They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
Psalm 89:9 – Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them.
Psalm 129:3 – The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
Isaiah 50:6 – I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 53:8 – He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
Isaiah 53:9 – And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
Isaiah 53:10 – Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Zechariah 11:12 – And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
Zechariah 12:10 – And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
Hello readers, thanks for reading today, and the question I want to ask is “What are the odds?” What are the odds that you could get all the prophecies right? Because man can’t predict what his next second may bring, let alone lining up prophecies from hundreds to thousands of years ago perfectly like God did in his word regarding his Son Jesus Christ. I’ve quoted a number of Old Testament verses above, I could’ve easily quoted a lot more. All these verses were all written a long time before Jesus Christ was ever born into this world of a virgin… which also was prophesied of.
But I’ve asked what are the odds? Because the odds are so long that God’s word must be the word of God. No man could get all this right. This is a divine book, and Jesus Christ is not monkey business. What are the odds that a book of 66 books that all prophesy of the person and work of Christ… what are the odds they would all be right?
And I live in a country that knows all about odds. I understand what odds are because I’m exposed to them every day. The longer the odds, the more unlikely it is. What kind of long odds would you get if you tried predicting what was going to happen a thousand years from now again and again and again to the smallest detail? You couldn’t do it. So what kind of odds would you give that all these Old Testament books, written by different authors at different places at different times, would be fulfilled so perfectly in the birth, life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ?
And there are so many more that I haven’t quoted… for the entire word of God is a book of prophecy. I’d have to quote the entire Bible. Because in all the books of the Bible we can see the person and work of Jesus Christ being prophesied of, for example just read Genesis 22 and the story of Abraham taking his son Isaac to Mount Moriah, can you see Christ in that? Abraham’s very naming of that place “Jehovahjireh” meant “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen”. Do you see it? Do you see him? Abraham rejoiced to see Jesus’ day… do you?
As I have already said, I live in a land that knows about odds, because most of everyone is a gambler. There’s a betting market for just about anything, you can even bet on which politician will win the next election. Every sports event is about betting, you cannot watch sports without getting bombarded with betting advertisements where we are offered all the odds. So what are the odds on God’s word being right? Consider how we struggle to get a few tips right or leap for joy if we finally land a simple multi… what odds would there be on God’s word which dares to predict something like that there would be someone who would run vinegar to Jesus Christ on the cross thousands of years before it happened? Man, we are lucky if our meteorologists get today’s forecast right… yet God’s forecast stands the test of time.
And by the way, if you know what a multi is, it’s when you combine bets to get longer odds which means you make more if you get them all right at once. You want to do the odds on a multi for all the prophecies on Jesus Christ being right in one lifetime? The odds would be crazy… only God can say what’s happened, what’s happening and what will happen. Man just couldn’t beat the odds… but with God, it’s a no contest.
So what odds do we give God? What are the odds an entire book that forecast the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ to the minutest detail would get them all right? And not just some of them, ALL of them. Bearing in mind what makes God’s word “God’s word” is the fact that his word is 100%. There are no swings and misses… there aren’t even just occasional hits… if you know baseball, God’s word is the only batter that hits a homer every single at bat with a perfect batting average. You know, if you ever have an out on your record, your average will always be less than 1 forever.
Consider that not just in Jesus Christ’s first coming God’s word made so many predictions that were fulfilled. But consider also that there are many more that are yet to be fulfilled. Because he’s coming back. You going to bet against God? You’ve seen how he delivers despite the longest odds you’d give that he would be right. Given God’s track record of beating the odds, do you really want to bet against what God has said is going to happen in the future to you if you do not get saved? God has repeatedly proven that despite the odds, he is right on every time, so do you really want to gamble against going to hell like he said you will if you die in your sins?
You see, there was gambling at the cross, that was prophesied of well that the soldiers would gamble over Jesus’ garments… but they weren’t the only gamblers. We also gamble our lives on God being wrong and not meaning what he said. What a horrendous gamble. Are you gambling against God’s word at the moment in your own life? Your own life is the worst lot you will ever cast gambling against the truth of God’s tried and tested word. But the truth is, we are always gambling on God not meaning what he has said. I don’t want to gamble against God anymore. If the Bible got everything right about Jesus Christ’s first advent despite the longest odds you could give of all those prophecies being true… do you want to bet against Jesus Christ’s second advent as King of kings and Lord of lords?
So today, notice that I have not quoted a New Testament verse, and yet I’ve quoted a good number of verses which you should recognize if you know the New Testament. If you’ve read the gospels you should recognize them all. And hey, all from the Old Testament. People forget that all they had was the Old Testament at the time of Christ, that’s all Jesus and the apostles and the early church preached out of. And guess what, they preached Christ out of it. Christ is in all of these old books, because each book in the book of books, the Bible, is the testimony of Christ to this world. Christ was as much in the Old as in the New.
So today, I really want us to get that this book of books is the word of God. My Bible is not the word of man, it is divinely authored. Only God can beat impossible odds with such prophetic power. Because God’s word is past, present and future at the same time. These books transcend time, because Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last. He is timeless, and his word is timeless. That’s how the odds are nothing to him. Don’t gamble against God’s word with your soul. You will most definitely lose. His word has proven that no matter the odds, he is the only sure thing. In a world of losses, he is the sure winner. The Bible is worthy of your attention and obedience, it has the power to save your soul. Believe on Jesus Christ today, be saved, and follow him by faith because he’s the only sure thing in this life, and he will be worth it forever.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 30 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
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