Things Written Before

For whatosever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

Romans 15:4-5

I have heard some people say that we really don’t need to read and study the Old Testament.  Everyone loves the Psalms and Proverbs, but how much do we really pay attention to the books of the prophets or to the historical books of I and II Samuel or I and II Kings?  God has given us a complete Bible, and we need to read and pay attention to the complete Bible.  These verses tell us that all of those things “written aforetime were written for our learning” and they were written that we “might have hope.”

We need to read all of those things that we written long ago in the Old Testament because they will teach us some things.  They will teach us things about God, they will teach us things about ourselves, and they will teach us things about following Him and serving Him.  We can read about the Israelites coming out of Egypt and complaining right after seeing great miracles (we would never complain, would we?).  We can read about the kings of Israel, the pride in their hearts, and God’s judgment on them.  We have a lot to learn.

Those things are also given to us so that we “might have hope.”  We can see how God’s people failed Him over and over again and how God still continued to have mercy on them.  We can see how God loves His people and wants only the best for them.  We can see those things repeated over and over again and we can have hope.

We may not study some parts of the Bible as much as we study other parts, but every part is given to us for a reason.

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