What do you guys get out of the old testament? How do you study it? Why do you read it?
well i can read there how God helped his people.. i read 2 chapters a day and one chapter from the new testament most of the times. i read it because i want to read trough the whole bible. i'm on almost half of it so..:)
In the old testament you can truly learn about the nature of God and grow so much closer to him by understanding how he relates to the people of that time and why he chose to do some things. Important to remember that God had a different covenant with the people in those days so some things we cant really relate to or undestand because he has a new covenant with us through Jesus. Old testament may seem very odd to us but one thing you do see is that the people at that time went through the same struggles and hardships we do today and have asked the same questions we do today.
The Old Testament is full of "shadows" of the New Testament. There are so many symbolic things happening...it's jsut amazing. You can also see how God dealt with His people, how He chose to use them, what He did through them, and struggles they faced. It's like the experiences we can draw from now and the New Testament is like what we must now go and do.
just like kingskid said, its almost like playing connect the dots, everything points and leads to Jesus and things to come.
Because God put it in the Bible, and God being God, I'm fairly sure He wanted us to read it
I love the Psalms and the rich history found in the old testament. God is unchanging, so we can learn a lot about God's character. I also think the geologies are pretty cool to. Think about it, they are records of the blood line to Christ. These people really existed, just like any of us. It would be like tracing our family roots to the earliest known ancestor. Like, it really happened! I don't know, its just cool stuff.
I've just been really confused...like, I know that God is all knowing. But like, right in Genesis, guys have many wives, and God knew that this was going to cause problems and that wasn't the way he wanted it, so why didn't he tell them? It's just some stuff that they do, I just don't understand.I guess though too, it's important to remember that they're just people. I often fall into the trap of thinking that everyone in the bible is perfect, cuz they're in the bible. But that's not the truth! I guess it just threw me off to see all of their sin in the bible, cuz I'm not used to seeing it like that in the new testament.Does anyone else find it really hard to get into and focus on? Stephanie, do you read all of the family lines? Lol I always skip over those :P
One thing to remember just because something is in the bible does not make it right, like some peoples stories are in the bible so we can learn from their mistakes. People know what was wrong but it was written in the bible cause God knew we where gonna struggle with certain things forever. Just like the story of Moses God used him big time to lead the Jews to the promise land knowing that Moses would sin and never make it to the promise land and be forbidden by God to go into it!
That's a really good point! So, my problem is this...how do I learn from it and read it in general? I find myself getting upset with them while I'm reading lol I have always read the bible to see what God says on how to live life and what he says about me and the like, but this is way different
Lol, no I do not always read every line. However, I did realize a couple years ago that it must be in there for some reason. And then later, I was involved in a Bible study and we were talking about the importance of them and how it is written proof that the line did stretch to Jesus. Those people did exist. And I just think that's pretty cool. :)
It is really cool! I've never thought about it before. I just get really bored really easily lol maybe when I can get a better grasp on it :P
Well, like PHBOI said, read those stories of people and realize that they were just like you and me. They weren't perfect; they made mistakes. Look at David, Moses, and Solomon. They were just humans who God chose to work through. Ask yourself what can I learn by their story? What is God's plan for this person even though they make mistakes? What character traits are important to God?
Old testament was GOD using people to reveale himself and to teach that generation his power and how they should live and follow his teaching. And he also showed them what will happen if you don't listen to him and he has patience but that wares thin as well. When GOD flooded the world with water he himself said he was wrong to do that, and he said he would never do that again and when you see a rainbow that is his covenent to us of his PROMISE he would never destroy the earth. New testament he came from heaven as a man in the flesh for us to follow his ways, to show us his LOVE, PEACE, AND STRENGTH. To show us all that we are going through the (hurt,pain,happy, loyalty,etc.) that we have he also had them in a human form. He himself when he knew they were coming to kill him said to GOD "take this cup away from me he didn't want to die" and then he said IF THIS IS YOUR WILL THEN THY WILL BE DONE... and he followed and accepted GODs plan, had he not done GOD's will we would not be here or the world would be hell of alot worse than it is in now. OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TESTAMENT are as one in the same. Just like when some people say they believe in HEAVEN(that's GOD) but not in hell( that's the devil) or the other way around, you can't believe in only one both are alive there is a HEAVEN and there is a hell. And only one man can send our souls to HEAVEN or to hell come the time and his name is JESUS CHRIST.
As I read athe old testiment It makes me realize just how much grace God has, and how forgiving he is no matter how many times his people mess up. Its amazing <3