The Old Testament Joys

The Old testament gets a bad rap nowadays. There is this negative connotation with this half and many people chose to avoid it, of course, other than Psalms and Proverbs. 

This is the wrong way of thinking. If you are primarily focusing on the New Testament, you are missing major support from the other parts. Sure the New Testament has more New Covenant focuses making it easier to connect with and apply BUT don’t get lazy.

The Old Testament is filled with stories of God and His people. It is filled with instructions and crazy incidents that uniquely tell of character traits of God. Christianity revolves around the word relationship. God wants to be in a personal relationship with us and when we accept and believe in Him, that becomes our goal. The New Testament has a very large takeaway and it most likely translates as all about YOU. This is where we can get lost. Lost in our own selfishness versus realizing our deepening relationship can only go deeper when we learn more about God. 

The Old Testament also includes a lot of stories that are yelling the message of hope. God’s deliverance of the Israelites, as He promised. How God communicated with different people. How He used prophets to speak messages to the people, which we now have access to called the Bible, but most of the people ignored Him & guess what happened? Consequences. 

Sure there are a couple books filled with crazy messages you can’t read without a lot of context and research, such as Daniel’s second half, but don’t just skip it all. Leviticus may be boring and very lawful but, with a little guidance, you can learn a lot more about God and, in turn, a lot more of yourself. 

Overall, you learn a lot of things from the Old Testament including the fact that God has a plan for the world beginning in Genesis and Ending with His second coming. For example, Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..” This verse is being taken out of context every time its' words land on a mug or on a poster on your wall. Have you ever read this entire book of the Bible? Literally, the verse right before it is explaining that the people are going to be exiled for 70 years but not to worry. Trust God and He will fulfill His promises to the people, for He had a plan. 

If you look at the Bible as a whole, tracking all that God used in order, it all makes sense. He was strategic in every move He made, every person He placed and every covenant He shook on. 

Our God is pretty cool so don’t miss out on more of Him because the New Testament is easier to read. Do a little research or buy a study Bible. The Old Testament is filled with God and hope and messages you need to hear, so please go read it too. 

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