Pamela JoyousNjesus Mcdonald
The Old Testament IS NOT ENTIRELY THE OLD COVENANT. I do not think everyone understands that, and we need too. I did not know this until today.
The Old Covenant is the Books of the Law, what the Jews call the Torah. Those are the first 5 Books of Moses and are detailed what the Covenant consisted of between God and the children of Israel.
The Torah is Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
Then there are the Prophets that were separated into “former” and “latter” prophets and the Psalms. Jesus told those on the road to Emmaus that in those books it was written on Him.
The Former Prophets are Joshua, Judges, Samuel and Kings – where the two books of Samuel and the two books of Kings were combined into single books.
The Latter Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and … The Twelve – where those generally referred to today as ‘The Minor Prophets’ were combined into one book.
Now the last set of books is not just the book of Psalms as we know it, that group of books has a few volumes. Which are Psalms, Proverbs, and Job, then Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, and Esther, and then Daniel, Ezra/Nehemiah (that’s also one book) and finally Chronicles (which, like Samuel and Kings, is again combined into a single book.)
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Now before the writings of what we call the New Testament the “Old Testament” was not called that it was simply called the writings, scriptures or books. The Jews call it the Hebrew Bible and there are not 39 books but 24 books. They are rearranged differently and some are combined into one book. Though the first 5 books are the same in the arrangement.
Why is this important to know? Because most will say the Old Testament IS NOT for us today. That is a lie! The Old Covenant of the law is not for us to live under today, but it is written and given to us as an example.
We can and most have not in Christiandom learn from the mistakes of the children of Israel. It is an admonition for us. As far as the other books they instruct, teach, show us things that were to come concerning Jesus, and in a complete nutshell, EVERY SINGLE BOOK SHOWS US JESUS!! Why on earth would anyone ignore reading it?
If you are not serving the LORD Jesus out of love and adoration wanting to learn and to know Him as much as possible, then why are you serving Him?