The Importance of the Old Testament

I am assuming that most Christians are not familiar with the Old Testament (hereafter, OT). In fact, I think many are not familiar with the New either. Both are really important, but it seems that the OT is ignored more because it feels outdated. However, the entire Old Testament is a reflection of Christ. All of it points to him. Seems strange from our point of view, but this is what the New Testament says.

Luke 24:27 : “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He [Jesus] explained to them [Disciples] what was written in all the Scriptures about Himself.” Notice that the revelation of Christ begins with Moses and that all the Prophets testify in some way to Jesus. 

John 5:39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” Now, this is a great verse as well. Scripture points to Christ. And Christ, not scripture gives life. This is not to say that the Scriptures are unimportant, but that salvation isn’t found in them. Perhaps, they were thinking the of the following verse when looking for eternal life in the scriptures.

Joshua 1:8 “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

The primary point that I want to bring up about this verse in Joshua is that their scripture was not nearly as much as ours. They had Gen-Det and maybe a few more (see, Joshua 10:13). This was their eternal life, yet these books, with the exception of Genesis, are probably the most ignored. I imagine this is because we both feel we know the important parts and don’t like a lot of what is written in it. However, it is suppose to reveal Jesus and I am still not sure how it exactly these books do that, but I know I won’t find out without reading them. Because of this, I believe all believers should familiarize themselves with the books they would rather ignore because it does reveal Jesus. Eternal life is only in Jesus, but scripture reveals who He is.


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