I have heard many people speak about how confusing the Old Testament is when you look at the nature and goodness of God. I want to encourage you today to not shy away from the importance of knowing both the Old and New Testaments.
The Old Testament has so much gold to be found. It also reminds us that it was Jesus alone Who made a way for us to enter heaven. It’s His death and resurrection that paid our bill. We are hard pressed to realize how sinful we are when we avoid the Old Testament. It tells a great story of falling away and redemption.
It stirs up a sense of gratitude and humility.
Don’t avoid the very thing that is a catalyst to being open to being changed…to seeing yourself in truth, not in vanity.
We were born sinners into a sinful world.
The New Testament is wonderful, and I love it so much, but I can’t rightly read and comprehend it without having also read the Old. They are together for a reason. To be joined.
Never let anyone deter you from the importance.
I’ve heard pastors say they discourage new believers from reading the Old Testament and I think that’s such a shame…but I also now see that’s possibly one reason for the lack of maturity we see so often in the Christian community. And why we see a generation now of those who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions.
Yes, read the New…but don’t forsake the Old.
We must wake up!! Believers must arise from our slumber and embrace the fullness of God…
We appreciate salvation so much more when we truly realize how wretched we are without it.
Your Word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; You established the earth, and it endures. Your laws endure to this day for all things serve You. If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life. Save me, for I am Yours; I have sought out Your precepts. The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder Your statutes. To all perfection I see a limit, but Your commands are boundless. Psalm 119:89-96