Episode 5: Do we need the Old Testament? Plus a look at Jesus in Hebrew Poetry.

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On Google Plus the other day someone responded to one of my posts by saying that, as Christians, we no longer need to bother reading the Old Testament.  This show is a response, and shows why it is important because thee are so many things we can learn from it.  It is the story of salvation history.  I also look through the poetic books of Jon, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs and look at how Christ is in them.  This helps us see why the Old Testament is worth studying.  As Augustine said, “The New Testament is hidden in the Old, and the Old revealed in the New”.

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Study the Bible With Me

I want to start off for begging for your forgiveness.  On December 1 I started a new podcast titled The Daily Bible, and I forgot to make mention of it here.  The goal of this show is to help you understand the Bible a little more.  Everyday I go over one to three verses and explain the history, meaning, and application of the verse.

The show officially launched on December 1 with discussing the geneology in Matthew Chapter one.  This morning I completed chapter four, and tomorrow I will move into chapter five.  The shows run from 4-7 minutes and are a good way to accompany any devotional that you may be reading.  Every verse in the Bible will be covered…even the “controversial” ones.  When the New Testament is complete I will go into the Old Testament.  It has been an exciting journey thus far, and I hope you come along for the ride.

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We All Need Sympathy

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin.- Hebrews 4:15 (NRSV)

 

Like it or not, we are in the throws of the holiday season.  Christmas songs are already on the radio, and a couple weeks ago retailers started to put up their “holiday” decorations.  This is also the time of the year when people feel alone and get lost in the business that has become the holiday season.  With the popularity of social media people who are hurting may say so on the platform of their choice.  They may be depressed, alone, lost a loved one, or are hurting in some other way.  It is in our nature to want to connect, and that desire is heightened when we are hurting in some way.

Why?  Because, whether we want to admit it or not, we all need sympathy.  We want to know that people are supporting us during our darkest of times, and that other people have been where we are currently and have made it through to the other side.  Today’s verse shows us something remarkable, simple, and reassuring.  It shows us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, is not some unfeeling and uncaring figure.  He walked on this Earth and felt what we felt.  He was tempted (Matt. 4:1-11), he felt the pain of someone close to him dying (John 11), and his friends abandoned him in his hour of need (Mark 14:50).

What are you struggling with today?  Do you feel that nobody understands what you are going through?  I want to encourage you and say that many sympathize and care for you.  Jesus Christ himself sympathizes and loves you with an everlasting love.  Throughout life we will always have hard times, but our savior lived on this earth and knows all about them on a personal level.  Jesus is there to sympathize, guide you, and walk you through the dark times.  Keep your head up!

You Are The Man

Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!  This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hands of Saul.”- 2 Samuel 12:7

The holidays are over and a new year has dawned.  This time of year we look back and reflect on the previous year, and things that we have done or did not do.  Today’s verse is a powerful reminder of what damage sin can do.

David was the King over Israel and he had an affair with the wife of Uriah.  To hide the resulting pregnancy David sends him to the front line in battle, and to a certain death.  Nathan the prophet confronts David and that is where today’s verse begins.  We are all like David in this regard.  We all have sin, and some of us may be trying to hide it.  The thing about sin is that it will always make itself known.  The rebuke of Nathan caused David to repent.  Today is the day for us to repent of the sin we are trying to hide.  It is our sin that nailed Jesus to the cross, and it is through faith in him that we may be forgiven.  What sin are you trying to hide?  What damage is it causing?  Come clean and repent.  Turn away from it and get a fresh start in Christ.

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