Is the Old Testament Relevant Now? Isn't it Canceled out?
Is the Old Testament Relevant for Today?
Is the Old Testament good for us to read today? Isn't it done away with?
Aren't we supposed to be followers of the teachings of Jesus, which is love and kindness?
These are some of the questions that I am going to answer in the next few hubs (or whatever it takes). I have spent the last 30 years studying the Bible. I don't claim to know everything, but I do believe that I understand enough to answer these questions.
What is your favorite novel? Movie? What made them great?
Was it the music or actors that contributed to their success? Or was it the conflict that they overcame that made it great?
Today, I want to share with you from the greatest story ever told, "The Bible". Why is it the greatest story ever told? Because every other story ever written - was based on the one conflict and problem that started before man was created - that the Bible recorded. To understand all other conflict, we must understand were all conflict started.
The Apostle Paul said regarding the Old Testament:
"For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." Romans 15:4 NKJV My prayer for you as you read this is that you will receive hope from God's Word, by His Spirit.
Part 1 "The Conflict"
"And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven." Luke 10:18 NKJV
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I cast you to the ground,
I laid you before kings,
That they might gaze at you." Ezekiel 28:17 NKJV
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!" Isaiah 14:12 NKJV
Lucifer, a created being, decides he wants to be like God. He corrupted himself with his thoughts of how awesome he was because of his knowledge, beauty and power. He wanted to take God's place in the universe. Because Lucifer is a created being and chose to exalt himself against God - he corrupted not only himself, but he corrupted 1/3 of the angels and had to be kicked out of heaven. God is a just God, He is holy and righteous. Had Lucifer been able to continue living in heaven, as a fallen angel - heaven would be corrupted and defiled like Satan. So God had to cast him him out. He fell to the earth and now would spend his time trying to corrupt the earth and those upon it.
Because Satan is a spirit being - he is eternal. Spirit beings can't be killed. They can only be locked away. Hell was prepared for Satan and the fallen angels.
"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;" 2 Peter 2:4 NKJV
God's original plan for the earth was to create men and women in His image and give them dominion over the earth and the animals in it.
"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Genesis 1:26 NKJV
Man sins - and loses his dominion over the earth.
Satan tempts Adam and Eve to sin - they believe the devil and act on his temptation and sin and men (and women) now become fallen, sinful people, who are no longer able to walk and talk with God - like they had been doing. (See Genesis 3:1-24)
So the LORD God said to the serpent:
v.14 “Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
v.15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:14-15 NKJV
This last verse is the KEY VERSE to the reason for the Old Testament and New Testament. It's "The Scarlet Thread". The word for "enmity" in v.15 is "hatred". Satan hates men and women, and if he can get us to sin and to do evil in the earth, he will hurt God. He wants to kill God's SEED.
From this verse until the end of the Bible- the Book of Revelation - we will see God's SEED being under attack - to try and stop God's plan of redemption.
The word "Seed" is capitalized because this is a prophetic Scripture referencing Jesus Christ, the one who was to be born of a virgin. Woman do not have seed, only men do. But, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she conceived and gave birth to a son, whose name is "Immanuel", which means "God with us".
Satan would bruise Jesus' head. The Devil thought he had beaten God when Jesus was condemned to die on the Cross. But, God, who knows the end from the beginning - had a plan to take man's sins upon Himself, so that men and women could come to God through Jesus and be saved from their sins. Through receiving Jesus and making Him Lord, we are given eternal life, and have a home in heaven with God. We are made the "righteousness of God" and can live in the place called "heaven", which only those who are righteous can dwell.
In the next part of this series, I will continue to answer the questions: "Is the Old Testament relevant today? Isn't it done away with? Aren't we supposed to be followers of the teachings of Jesus, which is love and kindness?" Please come back for Part 2.
Part 2 - The Scarlet Thread continues....
Until next time, I pray a blessing upon you.
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