3. The Old Testament Gives Relevant Advice for Modern Life
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
The divine, supernatural power of the Word of God to remain relevant today was described by the author Hebrews as living and active. “When Jesus Christ came into the world as the long-expected Messiah of the Old Testament, a profound and dramatic change happened in the way we handle the Old Testament,” wrote John Piper. “This is
because Jesus was the fulfillment - that’s the key New Testament word, the fulfillment - and the goal of so much Old Testament religion.”
God, who knit us in our mothers’ wombs, knows our hearts better than we ever will. King David wrote, “For the word of the Lord is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness” (Psalm 33:4). We can rely on the truth of His word, Old Testament and New, to meet us where we are at, each day.
4. The Old Testament Connects Us as God’s Family
“Know therefore, that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9).
A thousand generations is hard to comprehend, just like the faithfulness and compassion of our great God. In the Old Testament, God’s family were a chosen people. Jesus came, not only for the God’s chosen people. “How could we understand the new covenant that God instituted with His people the Jews in Jeremiah 31:31, if we didn’t have the records of the prophets who wrote about it?” wrote Diane M. Hoffman for Belief Net.
Christ Jesus came to swing the doors wide open, to both Jews and Gentiles. Paul wrote to the Roman Church, “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, besting his riches on all who call on him” (Romans 10:12). The rich history of the Old Testament reminds of the gravity of our freedom in Christ, who came for all of us. A thousand generations!
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