Shelby G. Floyd




Not only did Jesus sanction the authority and inspiration of Moses concerning Genesis, the first book of the Bible, but also the other four books of the Pentateuch which generally are received as the books of Moses. Jesus affirmed the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch and claimed that Moses even wrote concerning him.


The Old Testament books testify concerning the deity of Christ. Jesus presented this area of testi¬mony to his critics as recorded in John chapter five:

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” “…But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5:39-40, 45-47.)


Observe that Jesus stated that Moses wrote concerning him when he said God would raise up a prophet like unto him:

Deuteronomy 18: 15-19
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.” The LORD said to me: “What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.”

This is what Moses wrote concerning Christ, and it is taken from the book of Deuteronomy, the fourth book of the Pentateuch. But Jesus said if you believe not his writings how shall you believe my words? Therefore Jesus believed that Moses was the author of the first five books of the Old Testament. He endorsed and sanctioned the inspiration of the writings of Moses. Also Peter and the apostles accepted the inspiration of Deuteronomy when they applied this same text to Christ. (Acts 3:22-24.)

Concerning this argument of Christ, one writer has made the following fine statement,

“Here is no ad hominem argument. He meets His Jewish persecutors with a head on declaration that their Bible is true, though they have misconstrued it. He declares the Pentateuch to have been written by Moses and to be prophetic of Himself. Strangely, these two points are denied by the entire group of higher critics of our day. That the Old Testament was supernaturally written and made predictions about Jesus Christ is not accepted by modem scholarship. With a thoroughly naturalistic bias they rule out direct Messianic prediction.” 1

From this we can draw the obvious conclusion that Jesus endorsed all five books of Moses, and he based his argument upon the very fact that Moses’ writings were inspired and authoritative and that they had made predictions concerning him.


We would do well to hold the same attitude and reverence for the writings of Moses and other inspired prophets of olden times. But perhaps the best example of the attitude of Jesus toward the writings of Moses is found in the fourth chapter of Matthew, where we have the record of the great battle between Jesus Christ and the devil himself.

After Jesus had been baptized, and had received the commendation of his heavenly father, he was rushed into the suffering of temptation. After he had fasted for forty days and forty nights, the devil came to him and tempted him. In each case our Lord quoted from the book of Deuteronomy, and in so doing vanquished the onslaughts of Satan.

First, Satan suggested that Jesus should turn stones into bread in order to satisfy his hunger, but Jesus replied, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4: 4.) This is a quotation from Deuteronomy 8: 3.

Secondly, the devil took him upon the pinnacle of the temple and suggested that he cast himself down since God had given his angels charge concerning him, and that they would bear him up any time lest he would dash his foot against a stone. Jesus replied, “It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” (Matthew 4: 7.) This is a quotation of Deuteronomy 6: 16.

In the third place, when the devil took Christ up into an exceedingly high mountain, and offered him all the kingdoms of the world if he would only fall down and worship him, Jesus replied: “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4: 10.) This is a quotation from Deut. 6: 13.

Did Jesus respect the book of Deuteronomy? Did our Lord think that there was any power in the word of God as recorded in that book? Most obviously he did. There was such power and force in his arguments that the devil left him at least for a little time.

Let all who respect God, Christ and the Holy Spirit, accept the verbal inspiration and divine revelation of the Pentateuch—the five books of Moses.

Copyright © 2009 2017 Shelby G. Floyd, All Rights Reserved

1 R. Laird Harris, Inspiration and Canonicity of the Bible, p. 58.

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142


Thanks to my son Damon Floyd, for taking this photo of me preaching at the Heartland Church of Christ on May 21, on my 80th birthday. The lesson was on “General Naaman” (2 Kings 5:1-19).

I have been preaching the gospel message for 56 years and 17 of those years have been with the Heartland congregation, which with the blessings of the Almighty we started in June of 2000. Mitch Davis has been a fine co-preacher with the congregation for 12 years. We anticipate much spiritual and numerical growth ahead.

Both before and after worship I was overwhelmed with the love and generosity of my brothers and sisters in Christ. We were surprised with an overflowing of many gifts of love and generosity. Thanks to everyone for making this special! We love all our Heartland family.

Thanks be to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ for the many benefits showered upon us every day.

Below are some of the photos taken on this occasion:



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Contrary to the views of modernists, and liberals, who believe the Bible to be simply the uninspired opinions and words of men, Jesus held the words of the Bible to be the word of God, and therefore full of divine authority and power. The attitude of Christ toward the word of God is well expressed in his discourse concerning the destruction of Jerusalem:

“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”(Matthew 24: 35).

This simply points out the fact that all of God’s creation will ultimately pass away and be no more, but God’s word will live and abide forever. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 2”



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The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God. No more important theme can be considered than the study concerning the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. Our attitude toward the word of God will determine our attitude toward the authority and commands of the Bible. If one believes in divine revelation and verbal inspiration, then one will have reverence and respect for the authority and commands of the Bible. But on the other hand, if one has doubts and criticisms of verbal inspiration, then this automatically would cause one to question and criticize Biblical authority, and the commands of the Bible. This subject definitely is of vast importance, and demands our keenest attention.

The apostle Paul expressed the proper attitude which all men should hold toward the Holy Scriptures. Paul believed that what he taught the churches was the inspired word of God. When he wrote the church at Thessalonica, he thanked God without ceasing because they had received his teaching as the word of God. “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Paul’s teaching then was the word of God because Paul was inspired of God.

The Bible unequivocally claims to be the inspired word of God. However, the word inspiration conveys different ideas to different men. Modernists will tell one that the Bible is inspired, but they mean by this that the Bible is inspired only in the sense that it gives evidence of literary genius, such as, the writings of Milton, Shakespeare and Browning, and others who were truly outstanding men of literature. Let us then define the term inspiration as it is used in the Bible. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO 1”



Shelby G. Floyd

It is so good to see all of you on this beautiful spring morning. It has been good to praise and pray to Almighty God. And now we are ready to preach God’s all powerful word. Today I am presenting a lesson that many of you will understand plainly, because we have been studying the book of Daniel. Our subject today is THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM. Continue reading “THE EVERLASTING KINGDOM”



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Scripture says that the things that happened during the Old Testament economy were examples for God’s people today (1 Corinthians 10:6). Then the author gave an example of conduct that displeased God and which he punished severely:

“And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel” (1 Corinthians 10:10).

This is a reference to the grumbling of the Israelites against Moses and Aaron. On this occasion 14,700 people died from the plague (Numbers 16:41, 49). Continue reading “SHINE LIKE STARS”



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It is a beautiful day to come together to remember our Lord Jesus Christ, to study his word and to praise God’s name.


I am speaking on the subject of the art of gracefully growing older. Someone said, “The trick to gracefully growing older is to enjoy it.” That is a good thought. You can enjoy growing older, because no one criticizes you because you’re not out working every day. If you go out to eat at the restaurant two three times each week, that is all right also. There are a lot of things that you can do and get by with when you are older, that people criticize you when you are younger. So getting older is not all that bad, especially if you learn to enjoy getting older.

We can be like Sarah’s grandpa who quoted this poem to me one time:

I get up in the morning,
And read the obits,
If I don’t see my name,
I know I am not dead.
So I eat a good breakfast,
And go back to bed.

And that’s okay too!

Our Scripture reading today was that beautiful passage in the book of Ecclesiastes 12:1-7. That statement is a figurative expression of some of the things that we have to face as we grow older. For example, “the almond tree flourishes” refers to the time when the old man’s hair turns gray or white. “The grinders cease” is talking about losing some of your teeth as you grow older. “The strong men tremble” is talking about your arms and legs that lose some of their power and strength in old age. And that is one of the first things you notice as you grow older. Continue reading “GRACEFULLY GROWING OLDER”