Three Reasons Why Protestants Need to Study the Old Testament

downloadWhy study the Old Testament?

I mean, it even has the word “old” in it. Why would should we study something that’s old when we have the New Testament? True, the New itself is around 2,000 years old, but it’s newer than the Old Testament; therefore, isn’t it better? So why then should we study the Old one?

The New Testament is better, for it contains within it the story of Jesus–his life, death, and resurrection. However, there’s a reason why the Old Testament makes up 60% of the Protestant canon. Actually, there’s many reasons, which I’d like to bring to your attention to consider, for I believe there are many Protestants who give too little attention to these 39 books, and believe they are of less importance than what they truly are. (Perhaps, because our Catholic brethren put too much emphasis upon the Old Testament; therefore, we swung too far on the pendulum to create our Protestant identity, while the truth rests in the middle–balance.) After all, Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (And if the New Testament wasn’t fully written yet, what books of Scripture do you think he was referring to?) Continue reading

Traditions

I had the privilege last night, to see the opening performance of our community theatre’s presentation, of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The performance was tremendous! filled with the amazing talents of many skilled Rolla actors and singers. It was also cool getting to see one of the teens in our youth group dance while balancing a bottle on his head, and another had some mad skills with a spotlight.

The play also stirred up fond memories as I watched and sung to it, for “Fiddler” was the first play I had participated in while I was in high school. . . . The story centers around the Jewish father Tevye, who struggles to keep his traditions in 1905 Russia, as his three oldest daughters pursue marriages for love. Each marriage bending Tevye further and further from his customs. The play ending with an edict forcing Tevye, his family, and the other Jews to leave their village of Anatevka. Continue reading