Why Christians Should Read the Old Testament

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Why Christians Should Read the Old Testament

by baldilocksfoundation

Recently, as I engaged in a heated, but civil argu­ment about Syr­ian refugees in Amer­ica, one of the par­tic­i­pants was ques­tion­ing (rightly) the Chris­tian­ity of those who opined that we should “kill them all,” mean­ing Mus­lims. Oth­ers responded that Islamic doc­trine would have Muhammad’s fol­low­ers to kill all of us and this gen­tle­man reminded us that the Bible has its vio­lent pas­sages, but he didn’t seem to know why these things were there — why Yah­weh com­manded the ancient Israelites to kill all mem­bers of cer­tain groups. He even char­ac­ter­ized the com­mands as Yah­weh com­mand­ing the Israelites also to kill all non-​believers (false) — as is actu­ally com­manded as a sacra­ment to wor­shipers of Allah. I was non­plussed, since the man in ques­tion — a nice, intel­li­gent, well-​informed indi­vid­ual — is a Mes­sianic Jew.

After I urged him to re-​read the Old Tes­ta­ment, the con­ver­sa­tion turned back on its orig­i­nal path. Then some­one who, obvi­ously hadn’t been fol­low­ing the thread said to me: “I don’t have to read the Old Tes­ta­ment; I’m a Chris­t­ian. Jesus was not a con­queror, but an evan­ge­list.” Leav­ing aside that this per­son addressed my point out­side of its con­text — I had only been talk­ing one per­son, a per­son who had specif­i­cally cited the Old Tes­ta­ment — and leav­ing aside that Jesus the Christ con­quered death, Hell, and the grave, I want to address the asser­tion that Chris­tians “don’t have to read the Old Testament.”

The sec­ond man was right: no one has to read any­thing. And there is only one thing which a per­son has to do in order to be saved from going to Hell. But I think any­one who has read my Face­book note, The Mise­d­u­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Chris­t­ian Negro, can guess what I think about bib­li­cal igno­rance among Chris­tians, espe­cially about the will­ful variety.

The Chris­t­ian who believes — notice that I didn’t say ‘thinks’ — that the Old Tes­ta­ment is a dis­con­nect from the New Tes­ta­ment fails to under­stand the value of foun­da­tion. There is a rea­son that America’s value sys­tem is called Judeo-​Christian. Chris­tian­ity is based on Judaism and the Old Tes­ta­ment — the Torah—is Judaism.

The Old Tes­ta­ment entire pur­pose is to point to Jesus the Mes­siah. As many pas­tors have put it, the OT is the NT con­cealed and the NT is the OT revealed. Chuck Missler calls the entire Bible an Inte­grated Mes­sage. There are 300+ prophe­cies of Jesus’ incar­na­tion in the OT, includ­ing one that got my atten­tion: the geneal­ogy from Adam to Noah. All of the names in that geneal­ogy form two sentences.

Hebrew Eng­lish
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mor­tal
Kenan Sor­row
Maha­lalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teach­ing
Methuse­lah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despair­ing
Noah Rest, or comfort

Man is appointed mor­tal sor­row; the Blessed God shall come down teach­ing that His death shall to the despair­ing rest. It’s a prophecy of Jesus the Christ.

Missler con­cludes that

It demon­strates that in the ear­li­est chap­ters of the Book of Gen­e­sis, God had already laid out His plan of redemp­tion for the predica­ment of mankind. It is a love story, writ­ten in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.

When I began writ­ing this post, it was before the pub­li­ca­tion of David Limbaugh’s The Emmaus Code: Find­ing Jesus in the Old Tes­ta­ment. I stopped com­pos­ing the post in order to read the book, which I obtained from the LA Pub­lic Library. So far, it’s mak­ing the points that I made above, but since I’m head­ing out of the coun­try tomor­row and the book is due back before I come back, I have to bring it back and get it again after my return. So, instead of fully make the case on my own, I sug­gest that you read Mr. Limbaugh’s book.

Or, like a Berean, search it out for yourself.

Reminder: I leave for Kenya tomor­row, but I’ll still be post­ing on my reg­u­lar sched­ule here, cor­rect cal­cu­la­tions of time zone dif­fer­ences willing.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, ten­ta­tively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism — -»»

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by baldilocksfoundation

Recently, as I engaged in a heated, but civil argument about Syrian refugees in America, one of the participants was questioning (rightly) the Christianity of those who opined that we should “kill them all,” meaning Muslims. Others responded that Islamic doctrine would have Muhammad’s followers to kill all of us and this gentleman reminded us that the Bible has its violent passages, but he didn’t seem to know why these things were there—why Yahweh commanded the ancient Israelites to kill all members of certain groups. He even characterized the commands as Yahweh commanding the Israelites also to kill all non-believers (false)—as is actually commanded as a sacrament to worshipers of Allah. I was nonplussed, since the man in question—a nice, intelligent, well-informed individual—is a Messianic Jew.

After I urged him to re-read the Old Testament, the conversation turned back on its original path. Then someone who, obviously hadn’t been following the thread said to me: “I don’t have to read the Old Testament; I’m a Christian. Jesus was not a conqueror, but an evangelist.” Leaving aside that this person addressed my point outside of its context—I had only been talking one person, a person who had specifically cited the Old Testament—and leaving aside that Jesus the Christ conquered death, Hell, and the grave, I want to address the assertion that Christians “don’t have to read the Old Testament.”

The second man was right: no one has to read anything. And there is only one thing which a person has to do in order to be saved from going to Hell. But I think anyone who has read my Facebook note, The Miseducation of the American Christian Negro, can guess what I think about biblical ignorance among Christians, especially about the willful variety.

The Christian who believes—notice that I didn’t say ‘thinks’—that the Old Testament is a disconnect from the New Testament fails to understand the value of foundation. There is a reason that America’s value system is called Judeo-Christian. Christianity is based on Judaism and the Old Testament—the Torah—is Judaism.

The Old Testament entire purpose is to point to Jesus the Messiah. As many pastors have put it, the OT is the NT concealed and the NT is the OT revealed. Chuck Missler calls the entire Bible an Integrated Message. There are 300+ prophecies of Jesus’ incarnation in the OT, including one that got my attention: the genealogy from Adam to Noah. All of the names in that genealogy form two sentences.

Hebrew English
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or comfort

Man is appointed mortal sorrow; the Blessed God shall come down teaching that His death shall to the despairing rest. It’s a prophecy of Jesus the Christ.

Missler concludes that

It demonstrates that in the earliest chapters of the Book of Genesis, God had already laid out His plan of redemption for the predicament of mankind. It is a love story, written in blood on a wooden cross which was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago.

When I began writing this post, it was before the publication of David Limbaugh’s The Emmaus Code: Finding Jesus in the Old Testament. I stopped composing the post in order to read the book, which I obtained from the LA Public Library. So far, it’s making the points that I made above, but since I’m heading out of the country tomorrow and the book is due back before I come back, I have to bring it back and get it again after my return. So, instead of fully make the case on my own, I suggest that you read Mr. Limbaugh’s book.

Or, like a Berean, search it out for yourself.

Reminder: I leave for Kenya tomorrow, but I’ll still be posting on my regular schedule here, correct calculations of time zone differences willing.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects JOB: HER TRIP TO KENYA! Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>

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