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

 For those of us who read the Bible cover to cover every so often, wading through some of the Old Testament can be the hardest part. Some of the genealogies with those pesky names can be pretty difficult and boring... Romans 15:4, however, gives us some insight as to the value of the Old Testament. 

The Old Testament was written and preserved just for the benefit of Christians. It is a great provider of comfort and patience. It was written for us to learn valuable lessons from, and to give us a wonderful hope. In many places we find examples of how God kept His word. We read again and again about His faithfulness in keeping His promises. We can read about how he kept His promises to Abraham and to the nation of Israel. The promises He made to punish the wicked and avenge the righteous were always fulfilled. His promises about forgiving those who are penitent and protecting the humble are also kept. It gives us a full measure of reassurance that if He kept His promises to them, that He will keep them to us through His Beloved Son. The apostle Paul wrote this to Timothy: "But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim.3:14-15). The only scriptures that Timothy knew were those from the Old Testament, and they could help him to see the way to salvation. Though we are not bound by Old Testament teaching, we should be bound to learn from it.

If we here at the Centerville Church of Christ can be of any spiritual assistance to you, please let us know.   

God Bless,
Todd Parsley
 


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