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The Old Testament

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The Old Testament raises questions for readers today. Is this the same God found in the New Testament? How are we supposed to apply this today? What is its purpose?

There are good answers to these questions. Here are some resources to help you get started and keep the following in mind:

  • We are not the original audience. The words were directed to people in the ancient near east—a world very different from ours today.
  • The Old Testament does have useful examples and timeless truths for us. It helps us understand God and humanity better. It helps us see God’s overarching plan for restoring creation. As Paul put it, “these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come” 1 Corinthians 10:11.
  • The title we use for the Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament, means old covenant. This refers to the old Mosaic Covenant made between God and ancient Israel back in 1440 BC. The new covenant (i.e. ‘New Testament’) is the relationship structure God has since established with all people (Jew and non-Jew) through Jesus. It renders the old covenant obsolete (Hebrews 8:13; John 1:17; Galatians 3:19-29; also Hebrews 1:1-3).

Articles to explore to get started:

Please feel free to send us your specific questions and we’re happy to respond.

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