The entire Bible tells one, unified story. Yet, so many of us have a hard time understanding how much of the Old Testament fits into that story. Often, we tend to just skip straight to the New Testament - the part where Jesus comes on to the scene.
But, when we skip the Old Testament, we miss out on so much. One primary loss, is that we fail to see the theme of restoration that is the common thread from Genesis 3 to Revelation 22. We may know many Old Testament Bible stories, but when we do not see their connection to the greater story God is writing in His Word and in our world, they tend to feel irrelevant at worst or fable-ish at best.
If we are willing to put in a little bit of work, we will be able to see the Old Testament in its correct light -- as the foundation of the unified story we are all doing our best to live into. The more that we understand the Old Testament, the more we will be in touch with our own brokenness. And more importantly, the more we will fall in love with the God who has made it His mission to rescue us out of it.
This August and September, join us as we commit ourselves to Understanding the Old Testament.
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