Title: Why the Old Testament is crucial!
Plot: Here I explain why modern day Christians should read this book
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There seems to be confusion among Christians about whether or not we should be reading the Old Testament. I've heard people debate it and I generally don't hear anyone defend it properly. And so I viewed that as a gap that must be filled.
The answer to the question is absolutely yes! All we need do is imagine life without it. If we, didn't have the Old Testament, then we wouldn't know how the world was created. That seems like a problem...
I would argue that the Bible tells us we have a soulmate. And how to find her or him (as the case may be). It explains how to create a government, what sin is, actions and consequences, brotherly kindness and love and forgiveness. And that's just the book of Genesis!
From the Old Testament we learn the origin of our faith, Noah's flood, the tower of Babel...
It's full of miracles like parting of the Red Sea, the fiery furnace, Daniel and the Lion's Den. Lessons learned like Samson and Delilah, King Saul, Ahab and Jezebel.
We should not be asking ourselves if the Old Testament is relevant. I would never make the choice to abandon or ignore anything that God wrote (before or after Malachi). There are hidden mysteries in the Bible. Particularly in the Old Testament that can change your life forever! The Old Testament is crucial to the extent that whenever I encounter a church that questions if we should be using it, I question if I should be in that church. I'm not kidding! Not at all! Any church that would tell you the Old Testament doesn't really apply anymore to modern day Chrisitians just does not understand... God. Not remotely!
I would argue, that though New Testament teaches we have the armor of God, it's the Old Testament that teaches us how to fight. David's life alone is filled with problems and solutions that we can learn from: David and Saul, David and Goliath, David's Psalms are crucial!
And I cannot imagine going through life without the guidance of the Proverbs!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the valley of death, I will fear no evil. Are you willing to give that up? How about this one:
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
That's psalm 91 and it's so good, I'll read you some more:
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
and ladies and gentlemen in light of the coronavirus scare the next verse is particularly useful:
[Thou shalt not be afraid of]
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
For those of you who don't know pestilence is defined as: a fatal epidemic disease, especially the bubonic plague. And other Bible translations render this verse by saying that the pestilence stalks at night.
Meaning if you're concerned about a pandemic, feel free to be out and about during the day, but inside at night. And I'll tell you why: because a pestilence, a real pestilence is a judgement event from God. They don't happen randomly by accidenct no matter what Hollywood and CNN might tell you, which is why innoculations are irrelevant. If God wants us to repent and we innoculate, he'll just send another one.
The pestilence stalks at night because agents of darkness are out at night. And so a believer who knows her Scriptures well will go inside, just like when the passover moved through Israel, God's people were commanded to stay inside. And the angel of death would passover their houses provided that the entrance to their homes was also covered in the blood of the lamb.
And so there were two very important instructions to follow, cover your doorway with the blood of the lamb and go inside before dark and stay their until morning.
And so if you understand the symbolism in your Bible, then you know that the new testament way to cover the entrance of your home in the blood of the lamb is to invite Jesus into your heart. For those of you who haven't done that yet, I'll lead you in a prayer now:
Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner, but I believe you died on the cross for me and rose again from the dead. Now I turn from my sin and ask you to cleanse me from my sin, give me my new heart with you in it. I ask to be born-again. Be my Savior, my Lord, my God, my guide, and my friend. Please Lord, fill me with your Holy Spirit. I choose to follow you from this moment forward. In Jesus name I pray. Shalom!
I'm not Jewish, but I avoid saying Amen because of the false god, Amen Rah. And I don't like to take the chance that using that word could harm my prayer results.
If you said, that prayer congratulations you are now a born again believer. Please avoid churches until after you learn to tell a good one from a bad one. It would be better to read the Bible and get spiritual growth on your own, then run the risk you might walk into a bad church. I feel bad saying that, but I've had some horrible experiences. So be careful! Your first priority is to grow and get strong and afterwards you'll be in a position to stand up for yourself and be grafted into a proper church.
The Old Testament is bursting with wisdom, which means ignoring it is foolishness.
I cannot imagine life without the Old Testament. And anyone who makes the mistake of thinking it's not relevant, will struggle through life.
I once heard a story about a Christian accountant who asked his richest customer, who was a Jew, how and why he got so wealthy. The man commented it's because you read the second half of the book, I read the first.
Ladies and Gentlemen Sheilas and Blokes do not make the mistake of ignoring the Old Testament!
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