Skip to comments.Why Should I Study the Old Testament?
Posted on 06/18/2011 6:47:10 AM PDT by Amerisrael
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Wow, the comments at the beginning, scary.
First thing that comes to mind to answer the title question - because no one starts reading a book toward the end. Or to be more specific, it would be absurd to skip the first two thirds of any instruction manual.
Now I’ll read the article...
I listen on my commute on days when I don't carpool or Rush isn't on.
some very good reasons to do so within here..
Some of my favorite stories in the OT.....the book of Esther, Jacob and Esau, Joseph being betrayed by his brothers, Moses, and in every story, there is a message that is pertinant today.
*God’s eyes are on the righteous, and he delivers them out of all of their troubles.
*He lifts us up and brings us justice, when we are treated unfairly.
*We need to be careful not to deceive others, or we will be deceived.
Old Testament scriptures are excellent reading, and full of wisdom.
My mother in law has been a member of the Methodist Church all her life. She’s 96. She doesn’t get to church anymore but someone visits her occasionally, sometimes an assistant pastor, a young woman. My MIL delighted in telling me that this woman told her that she doesn’t really use the Bible much or really believe much in it. Sad for both of them.
Do you listen to the stories of your parents and grandparents? Each story they tell says something about what’s important in their life, how they act, how they react, or what makes them laugh.
The Old Testament is filled with God’s stories — His stories about Himself and His interaction with those whom He loves.
As you read the Bible, do not look at it as a lawyer looks at the law; it is God’s revelation of Himself. Ask yourself, what does this story say about God? Look at the Sovereign, who is in the story, behind the scenes, and tells the story. As you do so, you will get to know Him better and draw nearer to the Lover.
I have NEVER heard a Christian express this sentiment. In the Catholic Church as well as any Evangelical Church I hever been to and including the numberless radio preachers I’ve dialed in over the years the Old Testament is HUGE with respect to illuminating God for the human mind.
Unfortunately, as I understand it, most seminary students these days pretty much have to overcome the disbelief of their seminary professors.
It never ceases to amaze me at the truth and wisdom of the Bible, Old and New Testament. I am a Cumberland Presbyterian, and here is part of our view of the Bible:
1.04 God’s words and actions in creation, providence, judgment, and redemption are witnessed to by the covenant community in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.
1.05 God inspired persons of the covenant community to write the scriptures. In and through the scriptures God speaks about creation, sin, judgment, salvation, the church and the growth of believers. The scriptures are the infallible rule of faith and practice, the authoritative guide for Christian living.
1.06 God’s word spoken in and through the scriptures should be understood in the light of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The authority of the scriptures is founded on the truth contained in them and the voice of God speaking through them.
A Christian minister who doesn’t believe the truth of the Bible lives a lie every day.
In fact, it has been the failure of the church throughout history to properly grasp and understand the book of Revelation simply because they have misinterpreted its meaning.
Yeah, that old prankster Paraclete made sure that no one would understand Revelation until Darby, Scofield and that reprobate Lindsey came along! They Futurists exclusive knowledge was so great and perfect that they only came up with thousands upon thousands of false and failed predictions based on this gnosticism of Revelation! That is exactly what Jesus wanted when people read Revelation!
Rev 22:7 "Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book."
And the laughs keep on coming. Jesus was playing a prank on thousands of years of martyrs and firm believers who dedicated their lives to knowing our LORD. If these idiots only knew that there was no blessing for them since only the modern Aposostate American Religion that worships God with zip-lines, motorcycles and fireworks during their "worship" services could ever have any understanding of Revelation and experience the Blessing! Ho, ho ho!
Yep, all of those Post Mils, and Classical Pre Mils and A-Mils - yep, hundreds of millions of the Saints of God added to and deleted from Revelation (22:18-19) and are now burning in Hell because, while they believed Christ and many martyred in His Name, the Holy Spirit made sure that they would never understand Revelation fully until the "Left Behind" book series got published.
“I have NEVER heard a Christian express this sentiment.”
And once from conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. It came about because they were having a debate discussion about the violent [jihadist] verses in the Koran.
An Islamist apologist on the radio show tried to point out how the Bible, the Hebrew portion, “also” has “similar” violent verses.
Laura Ingraham seemed not to know how to adequately defend against that line of attack on the Bible. Her response was to assert that Christians for the most part just focus on the New Testament.
Sorry, but I do not remember the particular show episode.
The fact of the matter is that when Islamists, or others, try to make that bogus accusation against the Hebrew portion of our Bible, trying to make moral equivalence between the Bible and the Koran, they omit and ignore what the Bible actually says.
For example, time and again God reaffirms to Abraham that He “will not destroy the wicked along with the righteous” in Gen. 18:23-32.
From that we can know that God would not have given an order to Joshua or other Israeli commanders to destroy innocent people.
Mainline protestant churches are also infected with gross heresies—the most prominant of which is the arian heresy —for which the nicean creed was designed to repudiate.
A mil post mil pre mil issues are secondary. People can believe whatever they want in this area and remain in the pale of christian orthodoxy. What’s anethma and killing parts of the catholic and protestant churches is the arian heresy.
can you explain in greater detail where you see the arian hersy today and who is teaching it?
The Old Testament forms the prologue to the New Testament. Although satisfied by the death and resurrection of Christ, it prepares the way for the New and Everlasting Covenant and provides necessary context for the Gospel. Together with the New Testament it has have been handed on as such to the Church herself for our benefit.
“...that no one would understand Revelation until Darby, Scofield and that reprobate Lindsey came along”
Hal Lindsey, Scofield reprobates?
That kind of rubbish brings to mind the common smear attacks by those who embrace the heretical false teaching of replacement theology:
“While most born-again Christians today are supportive of Israel, there is a growing movement among Evangelicals which is sympathetic to Palestinian suffering and claims to statehood.”
“Yet to provide a biblical basis for their position, they are generally uncomfortable with being identified with classical Replacement heology, due to its malevolent fruit namely the pogroms, inquisitions and expulsions, right up to the Holocaust”
“So instead, these Christians are turning to the trendy new answer of Fulfillment theology. This is a biblical outlook which does give natural Israel some credit for having been chosen by God for redemptive purposes. But this calling is seen as having been already fulfilled with the coming of Christ and the birth of the Church. Thus it ends up at the same place as Replacement theology in concluding that God is finished with Israel, albeit with less inherent hostility toward the Jews”