bible study- old testament’s importance

August 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

If you’re like many Christians out there, it is quite likely that you hardly touched the old testaments. The old testament is for one, more difficult to understand. For another, it seems that when Jesus came, some things in the old testament didn’t stand anymore. Circumcision, as the sign of the covenant with Abraham, could be one.

Yet, Jesus says in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law of the Prophets; I have not  come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

Is he saying that whatever happened before still counts? I think so.

As I read the old testament as part of my bible study classes, I come to appreciate some parts of the new testament better. I also see how some parts of the new testament are foreshadowed by events in the old testament.

1. One striking example is that of Abraham, who in obedience to God, gave up his son Issac to be sacrificed. This seems to foreshadow the act of God giving up His beloved son Jesus as the lamb to be sacrifice. On closer reading, one may discover a number of parallels. The following have been suggested in the The Great Adventure bible study:

“Abraham was asked to offer Issac on Mount Moriah; the crucifixion was on one of the hills of Moriah. Issac walked obediently up the hill carrying the wood of the offering; Jesus walked obediently up the hill carrying the cross.”

2. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He punished them– the woman will experience pain in childbirth, and the man will work hard to toil the land. He also condemned the serpent and said that one day the seed of the woman will prevail. He is talking of none other than Jesus.

These, I believe, are the more obvious ones. But I look forward to discovering more.

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