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06/15/2012

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Why The Old Testament?


"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope" (Rom.15:4).

I have heard people ask from time to time; "Why do we even study the Old Testament if we are not bound by it today?" On the other side of the coin I have heard; "As long as I follow the Ten Commandments I'm alright." Lets see if we can make some sense of these comments. Today's verse goes a long way to explaining the first question. The Old Testament gives us important insight into God's redemptive plan for the world. As we read from it we find out about the promise of Jesus, the Messiah. The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians and says; "Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did......These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfilling of the ages has come" (1 Cor.10:6, 11). If we allow them, these examples can serve as great resources for us as we attempt to learn more about the nature of God. He expected obedience from his people in those days just as He does today. He felt the same way about sin then as He does today...HE HATES IT! He wanted worship to be done in an orderly way then, just as He does today. Worship of idols, in whatever form they may be, was not acceptable then, just as it is not today. We are under the covenant of Jesus Christ today, not under the Law of Moses. Those who do not learn from the past. however, run the risk of making the same mistakes..

Have a wonderful day.... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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