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Friday, January 11, 2013

THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDYING THE OLD TESTAMENT

 
 
 
 Written by Wendell Ingram in 1974, the year he was a senior in high school.
 
 
Hebrews 10:1 states that the law is a shadow of good things to come. This shows that by a study of the Old Testament, we can better understand the way we are to serve God today.  We can also read and see how god dealt with His people when they didn't obey His law and how that God kept His promises.
 
Very little is said about the personality of God the Father in the New Testament.  It mainly deals with Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Thus we need a deep study of the Old Testament that we might know the love that God had for His people, the wrath He had toward those who disobeyed Him, His mercy, His justice and His reaction toward sin.
 
Romans 15:4 states that the Old Testament was written for our  learning.  Through a study of the Old Testament, we have the examples of righteous men such as Noah, Abraham and Moses.  We have the examples of those who disobeyed the word of God, and how they were dealt with.  We can better know the personality of God the Father and we can even better understand the sacrifice of Christ and the working of the Holy Spirit.
 
Without a study of the Old Testament we cannot fully understand the New.  
 
©Wendell Ingram,  1974