The voices around the OC (for those of you who don’t live nearby, that is Orange County, California) have been particularly vociferous the last few weeks. The truth is that those opinions abound and they are being shared as if they came directly from heaven. Still, these opinions usually make for a pretty shaky foundation.
On the other hand, the OT (the Old Testament, 39 of the 66 inspired books in the Bible) is an excellent foundation upon which to build our faith.
This week, our Challenge to Change asks us to pick one of the Old Testament heroes from Acts 7 and read their story in the Scriptures. As we read about these amazing heroes of faith, we need to take the next step and try to emulate their character.
While some might try to dismiss the importance of knowing the contents of the Old Testament, an informed believer will protest and affirm lots of reasons why we ought to study those stories, characters, prophecies, proverbs and psalms.
First off, let’s all remember that the God in the OT is the same God in the NT (the New Testament, the other 27 inspired books of the Bible). His character, message, and intentions are seamlessly woven into all of the account of both Testaments. Without one or the other, the story is incomplete.
The OT influences our understanding of the deep theological truths that are revealed in the NT. We wouldn’t understand the full concept of grace without knowing about the Law. A New Covenant wouldn’t make sense without an Old Covenant.
The entire OT points directly to Jesus. Jesus answered the Jews by saying, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about ME!” (John 5:39).
The OT answers questions about things that happened BEFORE. We learn about Satan, creation, eternity past and so on as we study the pages in the front part of our Bible. These details give us valuable insight into HIS STORY. His story didn’t begin with the babe in Bethlehem.
And lastly, we must remember that when Paul wrote Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15-16, he was referring to the Old Testament. He stated that it was God-breathed and profitable for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.” Studying it will “make us wise,” he said.
During this week of Thanksgiving vacation, let’s make sure we spend some time in the OT. Ignore the OC and let your mind and heart absorb the rich array of truths told in such a powerful way.
“The unfolding of your words gives light, it gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:130)
Sherry Worel is a Bible teacher at heart and lives a life of ministry. She’s been involved at Coast Hills teaching Women’s LIFE, Bible studies, online courses, devotionals, participating in Upstream conversations, and much more. Having a love for education, Sherry has over 50 years of teaching experience with schools, churches, and mission agencies. As well as earning her Master’s at Talbot Seminary, she rounded out her education with 35 years as Head of School at Stoneybrooke Christian School. Sherry is happiest with a book or fishing pole in hand.