I have been following, reading, and being encouraged by Faith is My Guide for years. Her photos, verses, and quotes always lead to a time of reflection for me. This one is no different.
Often you will run into people who claim that Scripture contradicts itself. You may be one of those people yourself, one who sees major discrepancies between the ‘God of the Old Testament’ and the ‘God of the New Testament’. The passages in the prophets don’t seem to mesh with Jesus’s teaching in the Gospels to you, right? You just can’t jive the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Nineveh, Israel, or the captivity of Judah. Dear reader, I was once just like you! I never viewed the Old Testament as more than good old fashioned ‘faith’ stories to learn a basic moral lesson from, but the New Testament was the ‘real’ word of God.
It wasn’t until my husband was in seminary, taking theology classes with several Old Testament scholars from a very different Biblical lens than my youth. My husband came home with some crazy notions like: the whole counsel of Scripture, one basic theme from Genesis to Revelation, covenants built upon and expounded throughout all of Scripture. It was mind blowing to say the least.
This semester our Women’s Bible Study at church is walking through the book of Deuteronomy, and I am so excited! Don’t let the common title of “Second Law” dissuade you from spending time in this rich book. Jesus is there in Deuteronomy. Grace, mercy, and a circumcised heart are all in Deuteronomy. The promises of God, the faithfulness of God, the love of God, the justice of God are all right there in Deuteronomy. I highly recommend the book to you!
All of Scripture is breathed out by God (2 Tim 3:16) and that means the Old Testament is not the dusty, old, unused, and outdated part. It means that the whole arc of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation is the fully inspired Word of God. And I thank the ArtsyMumof5 for a time of reflection, prayer, and thankfulness for the Word.