Flying High over the Old Testament

Hebrew Manuscript Codex Aleppo

Hebrew Manuscript Codex Aleppo

Tonight at Pine Mountain Club (7:00 PM) and tomorrow night at SMLC (6:30 PM), we begin our Old Testament Survey class. This is a high altitude view of the Old Testament. We will not read everything in the Old Testament. Nor will we go into many details (interesting though they may be); that can happen in other contexts

This is a guided study of the Old Testament; participants will receive the reading and study guide tonight. The expectation is that each person will read the appropriate daily readings and answer the questions—I will not be doing your work! When I teach the following week, I assume everyone has completed the reading and writing. Thus, I will provide the framework for that week’s reading. This means that we may or may not go over each question, but by having gone through the readings you gain a sense of the threads throughout the Old Testament.

Why study the Old Testament?

The New Testament writers give us the answers:

You study the Scriptures in detail because you think you have the source of eternal life in them. These Scriptures testify on my behalf. (John 5:39 GW)

Then he [Jesus] said to them, “These are the words I spoke to you while I was still with you. I told you that everything written about me in Moses’ Teachings[the Law], the Prophets, and the Psalms had to come true.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.  (Luke 24:44-45 GW)

These things happened to make them an example for others. These things were written down as a warning for us who are living in the closing days of history. (1 Corinthians 10:11 GW)

Thus, we read and study the Old Testament to see how God orchestrated creation and history to lead to the coming of the Son of God. As Paul wrote:

But when the right time came, God sent his Son ‹into the world›. (Galatians 4:4 GW)

On this basis we can say that the Scriptures are Christocentric (centered on Jesus Christ), and even more finely, the Old Testament is Christocentric.

Join us for this exciting time of reading the Bible.


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