The Old Testament Is Still Relevant

By: Woody Godbey

One of my readers sent me a message asking a question about the Old Testament. His pastor told him that the Old Testament wasn’t relevant to our day and time so there was no need to study it anymore.

Through the wilderness represents our spiritual journey and work as Christians. The tree that healed the waters at Marah is a type of the cross of Christ. The rock that produced water in the desert is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture is very clear in telling us that all of Israel's physical battles reflect our spiritual battles today: "All these things happened unto them for example: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Corinthians 10:11). I remember studying the tabernacle in Bible College and how it and its furniture are examples of heavenly things: "Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount" (Hebrews 8:5).

All these Old Testament examples are meant to keep us from falling into unbelief, as Israel did. The author of Hebrews writes, "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief" (4:11). In other words, "Study the Old Testament and learn from Israel's example. Do not make the same mistakes they did!"

There have been times where I didn't understand a truth in the New Testament so I turned to the Old Testament to find it illustrated in some way. For example, let's say I want to learn how to bring down spiritual walls the devil may have built up in my life. I turn to the story of Joshua to see how the walls of Jericho were brought down. Israel's physical battle with those walls provides me with a picture and a pattern, to help me understand how I can bring down all the walls that keep me from attaining fullness in Christ.

I love the Old Testament and it is relevant! God Bless!!