I have often wondered why the Holy Spirit gave us the Old Testament? There must be a reason because it is at least 70% of Scripture. I found the following reasons for the Old Testament very plausible:
# The Old Testament reveals the origin of evil.
- If we ignore the Old Testament we don’t know what the origin of evil is. So many apologists have to answer questions about why there is evil in the world?
- There is also a huge amount of information on the growth of evil.
- God only gives us the wonderful news of how He will finally abolish evil at the end of this age, in the book of Revelation.
# The Old Testament describes what happens around us.
- We see historical scenario’s of the Old Testament repeated in history and in the daily lives of individuals. Even countries with their respective leaders follow either good or evil.
- Yet God never leaves His followers without hope. He promises a new heaven and earth and tells us what it will be like. How glorious it is that God clearly reveals the demise of the origin of evil, Satan. We can look forward to the miracle of eternal life without any evil at all. There will be only love, peace and harmony.
# The Old Testament proves God’s faithfulness.
People often wonder if they can trust God’s promises? The following are two of the many examples to show God’s faithfulness to His promises.
- The Old Testament covers more than 1,000 years of the history of the descendants of Abraham. God promised Abraham’s descendants the land of Canaan. They were exiled from their homeland the last time in 70 and 135 AD, but after about 1,800 years they again live in the land Israel.
- God promised in Genesis 3:15 that the Seed of the woman will crush the head of the serpent. Jesus did come, and He did rise victoriously from the grave. He is currently seated at the right hand of God, waiting for God’s appointed time to come for the second time to wrap up history. Then the eternal Kingdom of God will be established on earth and will last for ever.
# The Old Testament is part of the big picture of the Bible.
- We want to discuss the history of the arch rebel Satan, against God – what he tried to do to thwart God’s plans, and what we can expect in future.
- We do not do justice to God if we skip the Old Testament and then neglect the book of Revelation. Both are important to complete the big picture of God’s brilliance.
The following inspired words by the Holy Spirit are true,
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness….’ 2 Timothy 3:16
We cannot ignore the Old Testament, because it is part of Scripture.