"They serve as an example..."

Jude 1:7, NIV 

 

Jude's reference here was to the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah, and how they serve as an example to those who will be destroyed someday because of their own immorality. While the specific example to which he refers has great merit, it is the general reference that I want to call your attention to:

 

The Old Testament serves as an example to those who would serve God and Jesus today!

 

It is the Old Testament that introduces us to God. It is the Old Testament that teaches us that God is holy, and the precise reasons for why that concept is so important for us to grasp. It is the Old Testament that teaches us that sin separates us from God, as well as the vital importance of coming back before it's too late. It is the Old Testament that reveals that God is to be obeyed to the letter, not just in any old way.

 

It is the Old Testament that teaches us the eternal principles of virtue and decency and morality. It is the Old Testament that first introduces the Messiah, and reveals the exact circumstances around His coming to this earth.

 

So, since the Old Testament is so important, wouldn't you agree that it behooves us to be knowledgeable of what it says? That is why this next phase of the thirty day Bible challenge is critical - it is because we really cannot understand God without it.

 

Since the Old Testament is roughly four times the volume of the New Testament, we will split up its reading into four separate thirty day challenges, beginning with the thirty day challenge to read through the Books of Moses.

 

Are you ready for a new challenge? We will begin tomorrow. 

 

May God richly bless your efforts to seek and know both He and His Son!

 

"Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come."

I Corinthians 10:11, ESV