Old Testament

As I teach through Habakkuk on Wednesday nights,  a question came to mind.  How do I read the Old Testament?  Do I look at it any differently than I do the New Testament?  Do I read it as more of a history lesson than a life changing message from God? What about you, how do you view the OT?  Just a question I pose to all the readers.  Comment below and tell me your thoughts on how you read the Old Testament.

    • Sally Anne Gist
    • July 16th, 2009

    It’s interesting that you asked this question because I had a conversation today with a friend on fb about this very topic! I’ll just paste my response to her:

    Galatians chapter 3 discusses why the OT was necessary. God established His commandments as a kind of mirror to show us that we do need Him because we cannot live perfect lives. He gave us the law to allow us to attempt perfection, and of course we failed, so He was able to step in and provide grace. We wouldn’t know what sin is without the law (Romans 7:7), and we wouldn’t know we need redemption. The New Testament is the beautiful story of the Redeemer, Christ Jesus.

    • Adam
    • July 16th, 2009

    Don’t forget the Old Testament is also even more than law. Galatians 3:8

    And the Scriptures, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached THE GOSPEL to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.”

    And also see Hebrews 5-9 for among other things how Old Testament priests point us to Christ’s once and for all sacrifice to satisfy divine justice and reconcile us to God.

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