This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article that was originally authored by Pastor Steven J. Cole and posted on bible.org. I’m reposting this article because it provides an excellent summary of some of the many reasons why studying and becoming familiar with the Old Testament is so important. The Bible in totality, is God’s Revelation and to side step the Old Testament is like trying to understand world history but only studying history that took place in North America. The context and meaning behind how we got to the New Covenant in the New Testament is lost. The Old Testament was the Bible of the time in which Jesus began His ministry. Not only is it important, it’s vitally important, indispensable. In reality, not giving sufficient time and effort to the Old Testament is like reading the paper jacket of a hard copy book without actually reading the book inside the paper jacket.
I hope you enjoy Steven J. Cole’s article as much as I did.
Years ago at the church I pastored in California, I referred in a sermon to the story of when Sennacherib had surrounded Jerusalem with his army. He sent a threatening letter to King Hezekiah, which the king took to the temple and spread out before the Lord, praying for deliverance. As I referred to that story, I could tell from the looks on people’s faces that many had no clue of what I was talking about.
So I asked everyone to bow their heads and close their eyes. Then I asked everyone who had never read that story to raise their hands. More than half of the hands in the congregation went up. I was stunned. That isn’t an obscure story in the Bible. It occurs in three different places (2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chron. 32; Isa. 36-37). That meager show of hands told me that my people were not reading the Old Testament.
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