I Learned Something This Week!

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.

Happy Reading

Peace

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One thought on “I Learned Something This Week!

  1. Once I learned to view the OT through the lens of the NT, It opened up a whole new world. Jesus showed the men on the road to Emmaus that the Law and the prophets were about him. The OT was given as a foreshadowing of Christ. Jesus when talking to Nicodemus pointed to the bronze snake in Numbers as a foreshadowing of himself being lifted up for sinners. I read that story and was amazed. The Israelites had to look at the image of the thing that had bitten them to be saved, just as when we look upon our sin on the cross we are saved.

    Noah is a picture of salvation. Joseph is a picture of Jesus. Abraham (almost) sacrificing Isaac was pointing to God sacrificing his beloved Son. I love that Abraham told Isaac that The LORD would provide the lamb, yet that day He provided a ram; the Lamb was yet to come.

    I also love to read the prophets, because you can really see the heart of God there. When people say that the God of the OT was just an angry God, I wonder how much of it they have actually read. Yes, he displays his anger there to be sure, but the point of the book of Jonah is to show God’s mercy to the repentant. The language in Ezekiel 6:9, when God speaks of saving a remnant that when they are carried of into exile they would “remember me among the nations where they are carried captive, how I have been broken over their whoring heart that has departed from me and over their eyes that go whoring after their idols.” Whoring might sound harsh to some modern ears, but I’m pointing to the “broken” part.

    I’m sorry for going on and on. I guess I could name something from every book, but I’ll spare you the rest. I don’t think that is where you were going in your post anyway. I just started getting a little excited as I was typing 🙂 God is so amazing!

    God Bless you, Tony,
    Matt

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