Not all that long ago a well known Christian leader stated something along the lines of we should un-hitch the Old Testament from the New Testament. In essence, what he is saying is the OT is irrelevant to us today. After all, we are living under the New Covenant so that old stuff is just that… Old.
There are so many reasons why this is… “hogwash”, but I want to suggest one very important consideration for this leader and others that may follow in his footsteps.
I’ve been slowly working my way through the Old Testament one chapter at a time. I read the one chapter, contemplate it’s meaning or it’s relevance and then read a commentary or two on it and wonder where is the application?
I came across a profound truth this morning that is worth noting.
John Russell said this:
…let it be remembered that nothing directed to be recorded by the Spirit of God ought to be reckoned dry or uninteresting, and that “all scripture given by inspiration of God,” is meant and fitted to be “profitable unto for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness.” Can it be uninteresting to us with regard to whom so many prophecies and special dealings are recorded, and from whom has sprung, according to the flesh, the Savior of the world, “the light of the Gentiles, and the glory of Israel?”
That’s important. The Spirit of God has inspired all of scripture. No detail is unimportant. It’s all there for a reason and to un-hitch the Old from the New is not only a terrible idea, but it’s also ungodly.
The terrifying truth of the chapter I read this morning let me know that God is not casually sitting by and giving a pass to those that lead the Christian church. Just the opposite. He is holding them to the highest standard. God will not be mocked. His word is to be handled rightly. With reverence and authority. All of it.
May we never stop learning from those that have come before us. Good or bad.
Follow the pattern of sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you. 2 Timothy1:13-14