There are people who want to convince us to unhook the Old Testament from the Christian faith. We understand that they want to protect believers from the controversies, the restrictive laws and the so-called ‘cruel’ acts of God and His people in the Old Testament. Yet the Old Testament is vitally important to understand God’s fantastic future for us. For example,
# Four wonderful promises in the Old Testament
- To the serpent, the devil in the Garden of Eden, God promised, ’I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers, he [He] will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.’ 1 That refers to Jesus.
- To Abram, God promised, ‘…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ 2 That refers to Jesus.
- To David God promised, ‘Your house and your kingdom shall endure for ever before me; your throne will be established for ever.’ 3 That refers to Jesus.
- To the Jews, God promised, ‘The time is coming…when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah….’ 4 That refers to Jesus.
All four these defining promises that a Saviour would come, are in the Old Testament. It should tell us something about how important the Old Testament is for us to grasp the significance our Lord Jesus.
# Matthew, Mark, Luke and John narrate how God fulfilled those 4 promises.
The words, ‘…to fulfil what was written’ occurs quite a few times in these books.
- The King on the Cross is the offspring of the woman, struck in His heel by Satan. The head of the devil was crushed because the sacrifice of Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. 5
- All people on earth who accept the suffering and death of Jesus, His resurrection and ascension on our behalf, and the gift of the Holy Spirit, will inherit the promised eternal life with God. What a blessing!
- The King on the throne of David sits at the right hand of His Father, the Lord God Almighty, and rules for all eternity in the New Jerusalem.
- Through the New Covenant in the Blood of Jesus on the Cross, we become the children of the Father and the Bride of Christ eternally.
# What happens if we unhook the Old Testament from the Holy Spirit inspired Book of Truth?
- We are left with a New Testament with no foundation; with no reason to believe that Jesus is that specially chosen Lamb of God; with no reason to believe the most wonderful miracle of all: God promised and everything happened.
- To unhook the Old Testament from the New, is an effort to rob us of the trust we have in God’s faithfulness and power. He promises us a glorious future with Him eternally. To unhook eventually means to unhook people from God’s plan for their lives.
We can have full confidence in God’s many promises scattered throughout the Old and New Testaments. He will take care of us, help, encourage and comfort us in this life. And in eternity we will be in His presence always.
- Genesis 3:15
- Genesis 12:3
- 2 Samuel 6:16
- Jeremiah 31:31
- 1 John 3:8