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Why Study The Old Testament?
  I will be presenting a chapter by chapter exploration of what I have found over my years of study. I will begin with the Old Testament. Before starting this study let’s get a little background. Some have said that the Old Testament is one of my specialties. They say this because of the depth that I go in my studies into the text. They do not realizing that I study all scripture in this depth. But there is a reason for my zealousness. As a young believer I was told that the Old Testament was no longer relevant. A former Pastor told me that Christ had fulfilled it all. Then several years later I went away to college and found out nothing could be further from the truth. When I took a 300 question basic Old Testament Content Test and was embarrassed. I also took a 300 question basic New Testament Content Test and did not do much better. All I could say was “Ouch”! I learned to pay attention to the details.

1.	The Old Testament is part of our Bible.  1. The Old Testament is part of our Bible.

Paul said, "Rom:15:4: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2Tim 2:15" When Paul wrote this many of the New Testament epistles and gospel where yet to be written. The New Testament was still centuries away from even being canonized. What was Paul talking about? He was talking about the Hebrew scripture.

2.	The Bible is an incomplete document without the Old Testament. 2. The Bible is an incomplete document without the Old Testament.

The Old and New Testament make up the inspired word of God. The Old Testament with out the New Testament is and incomplete document because it does not have fulfilled promise. The New Testament is incomplete without the Old Testament because without it the New Testament would only inspire people to question why. The New Testament was never meant to replace the Old Testament. It is meant to complement the Old Testament to present a complete story.

3. The ministry of Christ would be an enigma without the Old Testament
  The Person of Jesus the Christ is the key to all history, God's Grand self- revelation, and humankind's only hope. Who is Jesus, and what was he going to do while he was on earth to make all history revolve around him? Is He the Messiah, the promised King? Why did he die so horribly. Are his cross and crown irreconciable? Without the Old Testament there would be great struggles concerning these issues. The Old Testament addresses these type questions with scriptures like Isaiah 53:10-12. " Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. "

4. The historical setting of Christianity is furnished by the Old Testament
  Christianity did not just come into being. God had been moving among the people throughout the centuries. Israel had the oracles of God before Christ made his advent. That is why Paul could write: "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Gal. 4:4-5" So it does not matter that it's canon was completed four hundred years before Christ's in Bethlehem. It provides the religious, social, geographical, and political setting in which Jesus and his disciples lived and ministered. And think about this the Old Testament was not only the Bible of the Apostles and the New Testament Writers, but it was also the Bible of Jesus.

5. Key foundation truths are found in the Old Testament
  The Old Testament is sacred history that reveals how God moves in and through the lives of people and the course of nations. If it is view by the Christian through the eyes of the Redeemer then God is seen lovingly directing history towards God's purpose of redeeming the Lost. Crucial foundation truths are presented to show that God is a personal God and a Caring God. Truths that are given in the Old Testament a. God is the sovereign Creator b. Humanity is sinful and in need of salvation. c. God is holy, and God judges sin. d. God is love and God offers salvation to sinful humanity e. A Savior would be born to die for the sins of the world. f. We are saved by faith, not by works. g. All history will culminate at the throne of God

6. There are prophecies with eschatological significance in the Old Testament.
  Eschatology is the study of the Last Days or End-Times. The Messianic Prophecies were talked about earlier. But there are also things prophesied about the end. Promises the God made in Genesis, Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Zechariah and other Old Testament books. There are things that cannot take place until the second coming of Christ. For Example: Isaiah 65:17-18 Daniel 7:9-14; Daniel 9:24-27 Joel 2:1-2 Zechariah 12:10

7. The Old Testament is still food for the Christian's Spirit.
  Second Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." Paul here is referring directly to the Old Testament. The Old Testament still is able to reach the reader today in various ways. a. It still brings conviction of sin {Jeremiah 2} b. Its laws and counsel still show the way to please God {Exodus 20} c. Its psalms still encourages praise and prayer {Psalms 107} d. Its testimonies still inspire the reader to walk in the paths of righteousness {Deuteronomy 31:24-32:47} e. Its historical facts still give perspective and direction to the reader. It points the reader to learn from God of all History. {Psalms 78} f. Its prophecies still warn of danger and plant hope in the hearts of all believers. (Zechariah 14} g. Its record of Israel's kingdom gives background for our understanding of the reign of Christ and His Kingship {2Samuel 7:4-17; Zechariah 14:9}

  Adapted from: Jensen’s Survey of the Old Testament, Jensen, Irving L. Chicago, IL., Moody Press, 1981

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