Have you picked up your bible lately turned the pages and thought to yourself, “so where do I want to start, NOT the Old Testament it doesn’t have much application for my life aside from the sweet Sunday school lessons I learned when I was 10; so I suppose the New Testament is where I want to be… besides some of the words in the NT are written in red!”
If you have… trust me your not alone, I often do the same thing and tend to think the OT is not very useful to me for the context I find myself in… 1 Timothy 3:16 says,
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” (NLT)
Funny thing about this passage… Paul was speaking of what we know as the Old Testament and others call The Hebrew Scriptures. Paul’s letter to Timothy, to the Galatians, and the Ephesians were not considered scripture yet! This week in my Old Testament class our professor Tod Twist has been trying to get us to a place that acknowledges the stuff at the beginning of our Bibles is useful as Paul implore to Timothy. In fact I think it can be as useful as any portion of scripture! It’s not just there for our Sunday school enjoyment, and it’s not there to illuminate certain “Heroes” of the faith. So next time you are reading the Old Testament, remember that God is speaking through the text in the beginning of your bible as much as He is speaking in the texts at the end of your bible.