Why learn the Old Testament?

Russell Minick Bible exposition

Most people in the world connected to the OT

32% Christian / 23% Muslim

16% no affiliation / 15% Hindu / 7% Buddhist / 6% Folk / 1% others  *pew forum research

Jesus taught the importance of the OT

Connected to how he leads us to live

“Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.  – Matthew 5:17

Connected to how we understand Jesus

He said to them, “How unwise and slow you are to believe in your hearts all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Didn’t the Messiah have to suffer these things and enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. – Luke 24:25-27

The New Testament uses the OT to guide in Christian living

  • Over 250 explicit citations
  • Over 2000 allusions

 Example: 1 Corinthians 10

1-5  Participation with God’s presence and his people ¹ God’s pleasure

6-13  Their lessons help our lives

14-22  Loyalty to the Creator over the creation is the issue

23-33  What we could do  ¹ what we should do

What do we learn?

Avoiding temptations of selfishness available in this world,

helps us to live life well for ourselves and others.

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