Why do you think the Old Testament is included as the “canon” in modern Bibles? It’s because it’s God’s story. It’s how God created the world and man. Then, it’s the story of how man’s relationship with God grows stronger and more distant at the same time. Until Jesus shows up to turn everything upside down.
It is said that if we don’t learn from history, we are doomed to repeat it. History teaches us what worked and what didn’t work. Every Christian should read the Old Testament (OT) every year. It’s easy enough with free Bible apps like YouVersion and ThroughTheWord. What’s important is realizing that God loves us humans. Furthermore, He is extremely disappointed in us when we don’t obey His simple commandments.
God gave the people basic rules to follow, yet, they didn’t. Many times in the OT you’ll read, “They did evil in God’s eyes.” Or something to that effect. The biggest, evil they did was adopt the pagan cultures of the societies around them — including idolatry. Gee, that’s exactly what the church did in the 4th century!
God allowed the Persians to invade the land, destroy Jerusalem and the beautiful temple that Solomon built, and took the Hebrews prisoners for 70 years.
Today at my church — First Christian Church of Phoenix — the men were on a retreat and our children’s pastor, Soncire Brown, preached the message. She talks about rebuilding and repairing what’s broken. It’s what we have to do…
If you want to reap all the benefits of salvation including the 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven then…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
Pray this prayer humbly and wholeheartedly…
“Dear Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins. Please forgive me. Right now, I turn from my sins and open the door of my heart and my life to you. I confess You as my personal Lord and Savior. I surrender my whole life to you and I will follow you for the rest of my life. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Jesus is coming back soon! Are you ready?
Soli Deo Gloria — To God Alone Be the Glory!
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