Is the Old Testament still relevant?

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Yes.

Since our rebellion against God, he’s always had a rescue plan for the world. This was gradually revealed through the history of Old Testament and is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

So if Jesus has come, why is the Old Testament relevant?

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Jesus explained that the Old Testament pointed to him (Luke 24:44). So, understanding it teaches us more about Jesus.

God rescued Israel from slavery by the sacrifice of a lamb - a picture of his plan to rescue people from all nations from slavery to death, sin and hell by the sacrifice of his son.

After being in the wilderness for forty years, Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land – a picture of how Christ would lead his people through our exile on earth and into heaven.

King David was a good but flawed king, demonstrating how we need a heavenly rule – a need met in King Jesus.

At every turn, the history of the Old Testament points to Jesus. Delving into the Old Testament is so worth it.

The replica and the real

Keeping God’s Old Testament moral law is too hard. So we’re driven to God’s grace in Jesus.

The sinful history of God’s people Israel exposes our own sin and makes us long for a Saviour – one God has provided in Jesus. This was,

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 1:1-2).

The Old Testament is like a photograph of a loved one you miss. The New Testament is like them stepping through your door.

Seeing them in real life is even better because the photo didn’t feel enough.

The real has come. Jesus is ours. But we only savour the real after wanting more from the replica.