How Do You Engage With the Old Testament?
Updated: Oct 6
Old Testament narrative makes for a fascinating read: seas part, donkeys talk, the earth opens up and swallows people, and on and on. A natural response when reflecting on these divine encounters is, "What's the moral of the story?"
Yes, we should show more faith in God's promises as Abraham did. No, we should not follow our fleshly passions as Samson did. But, is a greater sense of right and wrong all that we are supposed to glean from these passages?
While our answer to this proposed question is obviously, "No!", getting more out of these passages can prove to be a bit of a challenge. How do we read these Old Testament narratives where grace, mercy, and even Christ - do not appear to be front and center? Dr. Peter Lee from Reformed Theological Seminary addresses this question in his recent video and provides a framework for reading the Old Testament devotionally.
Reading Scripture is an integral part of the Fellows experience. We're convinced that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work" ... even the difficult parts. That "The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." Thus, we make it a habit of exposing Fellows to the 'full counsel of God."
Currently, our Fellows are reading through 1 and 2 Samuel and the General Epistles (Hebrews - Revelation), singing the Psalter, studying 1 John verse by verse, and taking a theology class on the gospels of John and Mark. It's in this exposure to God's word that the plan of redemptive history (from the Old Testament through the New Testament) begins to come into focus. It's in cultivating a habit of reading and discussing God's word that we continue to be transformed by the renewing of our minds beyond being entertained or running to moralism. All of God's word is meant for you and points us to our Redeemer!
Mike Gatton (Fellows Director)