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What do these books tell us?

And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.

2 Samuel 7:16
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By the end of the Old Testament period, the people who had conquered the Promised Land were now displaced, returning from a foreign land as exiles. The nation that was supposed to bring God’s light to the world had itself fallen into darkness. As you move further through Israel’s history, you see some of the most depraved stories you’ll ever read (Judges 19, for example). Through these stories, we see how far Israel had moved from God through disobedience and idolatry.

In these books, what also becomes glaringly clear is the need for God’s salvation. He shone glimpses of light against the backdrop of such darkness. He made a covenant with David, promising a descendant that would reign as king forever (2 Samuel 7:16). The covenant would find its ultimate fulfillment in Christ (Luke 1:31–33).

Those Who Fear Him

The poetry books of the Old Testament communicated to Israel wisdom in how to fear God and live according to his ways. Through personification, stanzas, and other poetic devices, they encouraged them to praise God because of his mighty acts. They declare the benefits of serving the Lord and warn of the pitfalls of disobedience. And they promise the unrelenting mercy of God.

As we study these books, one thing becomes clear—the need for redemption. Not only for the children of Israel, but for our own selves. In our human condition, we are still broken. We too are in need of redemption, a displaced people longing for peace and restoration. The thread of hope that continues to run through the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Christ.

As followers of Jesus, we get to experience Christ in ways that our Old Testament family did not (Hebrews 11:13 — 16, 39 — 40). Because we are free from the shame of sin, we can praise God for his mighty acts in our lives, as the psalms declare. We continue to study his Word so that we may continue to learn his ways and please him with our lifestyle.

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Oh yes as we go through the days we are living in, being tested and tried for our faith, especially here in Canada. We long for a better place. We want to move to a more Godly country south of the boarder LORD willing, before we head to our eternal home

These books are a great reminder of what can happen when we step away from Him and turn our backs. The pitfalls we will experience and the hardships we will certainly endure. I know full well what that is like, however, I also have gotten to experience the full redemption of His love for us, as spoken in the OT. I am still broken, and I am still a sinner, however, knowing the love God has for all of us gives us the assurance of a better place. We can not seek and find it here on THIS earth, but need to strive to live according to God’s will so that we will experience Heaven for eternity!!

I can receive hope when I see God’s unwavering love to the Israelites and how he kept forgiving them. I can remember God’s great love for me when I see what he did after all the Israelites troubles and turning away from Him – God sent Jesus to die on the cross for us and that shows his love for all of us.

Though humanity falls again and again, God’s steadfast love never changes. I have hope because Jesus never fails. He never sins and his love on me will never change. Isn’t that amazing? Hallelujah!

There is hope in Jesus. Through these books we see God’s grace and mercy time and time again. We see that God loves us so much that even when we fail He is there to forgive us and pick us back up and show us the way. He is our Redeemer, Savior, and Lord!

GOD our Heavenly Father is always faithful! He always loves us even when we have sinned as soon as we repent we are back in fellowship with HIM

I know that Israel was God’s chosen people. I would argue that those of us born during Jesus’ life on earth and after are His blessed people. Hebrews 11:30-40 is so powerful in reminding us that we are born AFTER the work for our salvation has been completed. We are not living our lives trying to be perfect or blameless or repeatedly offering sacrifices. We have already been forgiven if we receive it. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LOVE GOD, LOVE OTHERS AND SHARE THIS SALVATION THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US. God is so good!

The Old Testament is God’s first acts of love for his people. How no matter the behavior He desired for his people to turn away from evil and devote themselves to him. He continually redeems those who seek forgiveness. The same story transcends into the New Testament with the birth, life and resurrection of Christ. I continually return to Deuteronomy 31:5-6 where Joshua is being told that the Lord goes before him and he will never leave him or forsake him. The same promise is repeated time after time for any person who will put their faith in Christ and that promise is centuries old yet still ever true and available to me.

I believe that these books give me a great view into how God deals with His children – both in seasons of obedience and times when we disobey. I think it shows how He will use even my messiness for my good – drawing me back to being close to Him and everything that I need, if I will come. It helps me remember that I am not that different from all of my brothers and sisters – now and in antiquity.

Until I read that last paragraph above I never thought about the ppl in the Old testament being ashamed of their sins. This instantly helped me to appreciate God’s love.

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