21 Quick Hit Statements on the Old Testament

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1) It’s the most misunderstood piece of literature in America.

2) It is a part of one story, not just a connected companion of the New Testament.

3) It was Jesus’ favorite thing to quote, and He taught that it all pointed to Him.

4) God preached the Gospel of salvation by grace through faith to Abraham in its first book, Genesis.

5) It was written by God using men (their minds, hearts, and hands) to put the words down.

6) There are laws God gave in it that were only for the Jewish people living in Israel for about 1,000 years, but also laws God gave that reveal His desire for human behavior for all time. God always condemns idolatry, but if you read Acts or the letters in the New Testament, you’ll see He does not always condemn shellfish.

7) It contains poetry, history, preaching, future-telling, pieces of wisdom, and other kinds of writing, and all of them (in their own way) point to Jesus.

8) The oldest book in it was probably written about 1400 BC, and the newest book in it was probably written about 500 BC.

9) A lot of its books are technically anonymous, not having author statements (like Paul’s letters do).

10) Moses wrote 5 (and maybe 6) of the books in it, Solomon probably wrote 3, and Jeremiah probably wrote 2.

11) We can trust that it’s God’s Word because Jesus trusted it’s God’s Word.

12) Copies of many of its books about 1,000 years older than any previously known copies were found in some caves by the Dead Sea in the 1940s. The fact that they were almost identical to the copies from 1,000 years later backs up the claim that the Bible is the most accurately copied piece of writing in human history by a long shot.

13) God has the same character and heart in it as He does in the New Testament. Compare Ezekiel (OT) and Revelation (NT), Nehemiah (OT) and 1 Peter (NT), Proverbs (OT) and James (NT), or Exodus (OT) and Acts (NT).

14) God commanded care for the poor, oppressed, foreigner, and widow in it.

15) God killed sinners who wouldn’t repent (turn from their sins and to Him) in it.

16) God saved a prostitute named Rahab, a cursed non-Jew named Ruth, and a philandering husband and murderer named David in it. And then He put all three of them them in the bloodline of His Son Jesus.

17) It helped to shape the English language through the King James Bible and the German language through Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible.

18) It contains the most Godly love poem ever written: Song of Songs.

19) It contains descriptions of God’s coming victory over sin and death and His re-creation of the world.

20) It contains clear pictures of Jesus (check out Isaiah chapter 53).

21) Its main points are the same as the New Testament’s: God is perfectly good, we sinned against Him, He wins, and we can be a part of it (and part of His family) by His grace through our faith.

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