A word as we are in back to school season: we are praying for a safe and successful year for all the new and returning, students, staff and teachers. God has great plans for you. You haven’t come this far for Him to let you down. You are important, and this is going to be a great year!
Now the Faith Roundtable question is: “Why is it that some Old Testament laws and edicts are considered no longer valid, but others are considered still valid by so many Christians?”
To provide clarity, it’s important to understand the Old Testament is valid today. It is part of history. The Bible is an entire book, old and new; it cannot be separated. The Bible is clear in Matthew 5:17 that Jesus did not come to destroy the law but fulfill it. The New Testament would be difficult to understand without the Old Testament. What was announced in the Old Testament was many times revealed in the New Testament.
The Old Testament is foundational. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You will find the Old Testament is a foreshadow of the New Testament. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb that was slain for our sins. In Hebrews, we learn; we have a High Priest, Jesus. Through Christ Jesus, we can come boldly to the throne of grace in the time of need. Jesus fulfilled the law and therefore became the ultimate sacrifice for man’s sin.
Some people try to exclude the Old Testament. The Bible teaches us in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is the Word of God and is given by inspiration of God, being profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works”
It’s important to take scripture into context, rightly divide it to effectively apply it. It’s not so much that the Old Testament isn’t applicable. Jesus taught in parables. Prophecies were given and fulfilled. History was documented, and we don’t pick and choose what we like, we accept all of scripture, Genesis to Revelations.
Tithing is for today. The Ten Commandments are for today. Forgiveness and love is for today. No matter what you have been through, God makes all things new. You are loved, accepted, appreciated, healed, whole, highly favored, and with Christ nothing is impossible. Keep pressing on to experience His best. Your best days are ahead of you.