So, why study the OT? First, the OT can teach godly wisdom and equip people for good works (Romans 5-7; 1 Timothy 5:17-18; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17). Second, the OT is the background for understanding the NT (John 3:14-15; Acts 3:19-24). Third, the OT points to Christ (John 5:39; Acts 8:35; Hebrews 9:11-28). Fourth, the OT is an accurate historical document. Fifth, the OT provides both good and bad examples that a student of God’s word can learn (1 Corinthians 10:1-13; James 5:10-11). Sixth, the OT teaches about patience, comfort, hope, and warnings (Romans 15:4). And seventh, the OT is a light for a dark day (2 Peter 1:16-21; cf. Psalms 119:105).
God gave His word for a reason. Take the opportunity to systematically study His word. Learn from the OT and the NT and grow in a lifestyle that emulates Scriptural understandings. Show others a deep desire to understand the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit as you “Read God’s Word”.
The Lord’s humbled . . . John A. Reeves