Why you need to read the Old Testament

Genesis Bible Background

01.10.2019 – Old Testament: Gen 26.1–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 25–26 on January 10, In the year of our Lord Christ 2019

By Don Ruhl

God had promised Abraham that in him all the families and all the nations of the earth would be blessed. After he passed away, God passed on the promise to Abraham’s son Isaac:

There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” So Isaac dwelt in Gerar (Genesis 26.1–6).

The same promises that God had made to Abraham, He also made to Isaac. However, notice the recipients of these promises. It was not Israel alone, but all the nations of the earth and the promised blessing finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Therefore, what we read in the Hebrew Bible is for Christians of all nations, not just for Israel. It is not that we keep the ordinances of the Law, but all of the Law, the Psalms, and the Prophets pointed toward Christ and Christ is for all.

Questions:

  • What do you think of the Books of Genesis through Malachi?
  • What is your favorite part of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible?

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