This is an article I wrote which appeared in the February issue of the Lutheran Ambassador.
I have a confession to make. When I first began attending Bible studies as an adult Christian, I wasn’t very interested in the Old Testament. I had studied the Old Testament as history in college, and I knew all the Old Testament stories from my childhood Sunday School classes. What else was there to learn? A lot of Jewish laws that were no longer relevant? No thanks. The New Testament was what I needed to dig into. The Gospel accounts of the life and death of Jesus, the history of the early church, the letters to the churches — these were the things that would inform and direct my faith life.
In time I discovered how wrong my thinking was. For one thing, the Apostle Paul, in a letter to Timothy, writes:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness …” 2 Timothy 3:16
Since the New Testament didn’t exist at the time, Paul was obviously speaking of the Old Testament. That gave me pause. Then at some point, I signed up for a two-year, through-the-Bible course where we spent a great deal of time on the Old Testament. I began to put those Sunday School stories into chronological order and to see that the Bible is one grand drama with many chapters. The overarching theme is the redemption of the people of God. It became obvious that many events in the Old Testament were a foretaste or hint of what was to come later. As St. Augustine put it:
“The New Testament is in the Old concealed, the Old is by the New revealed.”
To be continued …..
For more about the Old Testament see these posts:
Resurrection in the Old Testament
The Dawning of Redemption by Ian J. Vaillancourt –Book Review