Be honest with yourself for a minute. Have you ever just wanted to see a good fight scene; a serious old school battle where the men had armor, swords, shields, and chariots? What about about a good romance? The one where guy meets girl. Girl plays hard to get. Guy finally gets girl. Then they live happily ever after. Or even a bad romance when the guy liked a girl but she used him. Have you ever just wanted a smart way to solve a problem between friends? Do you know someone who was so arrogant and conniving it got on your nerves, and when something bad happened you almost said ‘Told you so’? Have your siblings ever mistreated you because you were the so-called ‘Favorite’? If you answered yes to any of these questions, did you know that every scenario mentioned actually happened and was recorded in the Bible?
Maybe you knew those stories were there, maybe you didn’t. I have been coming across alot of people lately that can quote half of the New Testament, know all about the new Christian hip-hop, and have so many accountability partners they can’t count. But if you asked them about Elijah, Jonah, or Moses (people from the Old Testament that were referenced in the New Testament), they could not tell you. Before we go any further, let’s get something straight. 2 Tim. 3:16 says ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.’ (NIV) This includes the Old and New Testament! Oftentimes, the Old Testament is seen as ancient, out of date, and boring by those between the ages of 13-40. We are young people, who love to go against the grain, get rid of tradition and the ‘old school’ mentality, revolutionize and update everything. But in doing so, we run the risk of losing some very important information.
I just wanted to take a moment to encourage you to check out the Old Testament. If you liked the movies 300 or Gladiator, you should check out Joshua 8-11. Want to read about a great romance between Jacob and Rachel see Gen. 29 or even see an example of a bad romance between Samson and Delilah, see Judges 16:4-31. Solving a difficult problem was Solomon’s expertise. Check out all of Proverbs for words of wisdom or even see how he handled a situation that included a baby, ax, and 2 women who claimed to be the mother. (1 Kings 3: 16-28) If you want to hear about one arrogant and evil heir to the throne who got what he deserved, check out the story of Absalom in 2 Samuel 13:30-18:33. Ever been mistreated because your siblings thought you were the favorite? So did Joseph. His story begins in Gen. 37. The Bible has so much to offer! Don’t miss out because you willingly only focused on one part. Happy reading.
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