December 11, 2006
And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God.”
I think it’s safe to say that too many Christians today don’t value the largest portion of God’s Word—the 39 books of the Old Testament—as they should. Somehow we have the idea that the Old Testament Scriptures are not quite as important as the New Testament. But this isn’t at all true.
Not only is it important for us as Christians to know the Old Testament; it is virtually impossible to truly understand the New Testament without it! The history of God’s chosen people, the Jews, is our history too, because we are the direct heirs of the faith of Abraham.
Perhaps the most important part of the Old Testament is found in Exodus 20, where we read the Ten Commandments as God gave them to Moses. I’m not sure how many Christians could name these ten foundational laws of God—but we should be able to. In fact, we should be studying and learning all of God’s Word as if our lives depended on it, because they do!
The Old Testament may seem out-of-date and irrelevant in the 21st century. But nothing could be further from the truth. The truths of the Old Testament still apply to us today.
Make it a point to spend time studying the entire Bible, including the incredible story of previous generations of God’s people as told in the Old Testament! Learn to value all of God’s revelation!
VALUE ALL OF GOD’S WORD BY MAKING A PRIORITY OF STUDYING BOTH THE NEW AND OLD TESTAMENT.