Busting Bible Myths 6: The Old Testament is redundant Christianity is, of course, all about following the Lord Jesus Christ, who in terms of the storyline of the Bible, was only born at the beginning of the New Testament. The Old Testament follows the story of Creation, the inception of the Jewish nation of Israel and their rise and eventual demise. Threaded throughout are details of their Law (which was both religious and civic); the Psalms (the Jewish “hymn book”); books of wisdom and the books of the prophets (leaders who came to guide the ever-errant nation back to God). The New Testament tells us that all the Old was pointing forwards to Christ himself; it was a “shadow of the good things to come” (Hebrews 10v1, NKJV). He fulfilled the Law as the ultimate sacrifice, ending the need for the animal sacrifices of the Old. So, arguably, we don’t need it anymore. Yet the New Testament actually opens with the lines: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham” (Matthew 1v1). We surely have to ask ourselves who David and Abraham were, or there would be little point in us being told this. They were, in fact, key characters of the Old Testament, highly relevant to Jesus’ life. The New Testament constantly alludes to – and assumes knowledge of – the Old. The Lord Jesus himself fully endorsed it and drew his teaching directly from it. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Timothy 3v16) – and therefore all of it needs to be taken seriously. “…whatever things were written before were written for our learning…” (Romans 15v4) and the full picture of the gospel message – which Galatians 3v8 tells us was preached to Abraham, way back in Genesis – cannot be properly appreciated without it. Just after his resurrection, Jesus met two forlorn disciples on a journey and used the Old Testament to “expound to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24v27). We wish we knew what he said! But we have those Scriptures available to us and can search out from them so many amazing things that help us understand why he came, what he achieved and what he will do in the future. So let us learn to say with the Psalmist “Oh how I love Your law!” (Psalm 119v97) pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org

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