Featured in the March, 2017 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
We live in modern times. Is an ancient document of any value to us? Can something written over 3,000 years ago have any application to our lives in this high-tech generation?
Even many “Bible-teaching churches” pay little attention to the Old Testament, other than some readings from the Psalms, it is often neglected. Bible Study classes seldom take up books like Leviticus or Zechariah. Much of the Old Testament is untouched.
However, the Old Testament is 77% of the Bible. If you scrap it, you’ve thrown out three-fourths of God’s Word! Furthermore, if the old Testament is so unimportant, why is quoted 600 times in the New Testament?
But, you say, the Old Testament is mostly commands and we live under “grace” in the New Testament era. But, remember the Old Testament has 613 commands and the New Testament has 618 commands.
Since, so much of the Old Testament is embedded in the New Testament, how can we understand or even begin to understand the New without the Old?
But someone says, “Is it not the New Testament that tells about Jesus Christ?”, but so does the Old Testament tell us about Jesus for those two on the road to Emmaus said of Jesus that “beginning with Moses and all the prophets He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures (Old Testament) the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27). And Jesus Himself said, “these are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44).
Jesus was very clear about His position on the Old Testament when He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets, I have not come to abolish but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot will pass from the Law until all is accomplished”
(Matthew 5:17, 18).
You neglect the Old Testament at your spiritual peril. A church that does not teach and preach the whole Bible is malnourishing its people. It is important that a pastor simply does not only preach the Bible, but the whole Bible. It was the apostle Paul who said to the elders of the Ephesian church, “I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:26).
In the Adult Sunday Morning Bible Classes at Ashburn Baptist, every Bible book is taught in the course of a 12-year program. The children’s study covers the entire Scripture, and the Pastor has preached from every Bible book.