Before Scripture was canonized, a woman named Huldah proclaimed God’s judgment on Judah, inspired King Josiah’s reforms, and became the first person to formally verify a written book as being the divinely inspired word of God.
I remember asking a congregation of fairly mature Christians, “Who among us has read the entire Bible?” A meager half or so raised their hands. Later during fellowship, many confessed they got bogged down or bored with the Old Testament—bizarre images, debatable practices, unintelligible laws, and names you won’t even try to pronounce.
Viewed as difficult and antiquated, the Old Testament (OT) is frequently neglected in many Christian circles. Rarely do we hear sermons from the OT. It’s seldom studied in Quiet Times. Remove Psalms and Proverbs, and Christians’ engagement in reading the OT can be virtually nil. Even those who make the noble resolution to read-the-Bible-in-a-year may start pumped up in Genesis but lose interest before they get very far.
Contrary to prevailing attitudes, the Old Testament contains much relevant and meaningful application for today. Here’s some motivation to fall in love with the other three-quarters of our Bibles.
The Teachers Service Team of the ICOC is excited to launch The Teachers' Corner. This bi-weekly publication will feature articles authored by men and women who serve as teachers in our fellowship of churches. You can find these articles highlighted on both disciplestoday.org and the Teachers Service Team website teachicoc.org. Our first series of articles entitled “Jesus and the Poor” were written by Dr. G. Steve Kinnard. We hope that you find these articles both inspirational and informational.
The Teachers Service Team