Book Excerpt & Discussion (Pg. 154)
Could we get a ruling about whether the Old Testament is still in play? Seriously, could we get some sort of official with a wise-looking beard to once and for all say, “The Old Testament Still Counts?” We don’t have that yet, which means every now and then I’ll quote something from the Old testament and a friend will go, “Yeah, but that’s Old Testament. That’s old covenant. Jesus changed all that. Your argument doesn’t hold up.”
I’ll slink off, kind of embarrassed and disappointed. “Dang it! I keep forgetting the Old Testament’s not official anymore, which is a shame because it’s really long. I hate to just throw out the whole section of the Bible!”
Which is silly. No one would ever say the whole Old Testament doesn’t count. Clearly, Psalms is still in. Everyone loves Psalms. And Proverbs. You don’t even have to be a Christian to love Proverbs–it’s just so full of great wisdom. And most of the really fun stories are in the Old Testament. No one wants to get rid of Jonah and the whale or David and Goliath. And who doesn’t like to hear a minister occasionally preach some crazy, funkified sermon on the Song of Solomon?
This is where Tony and I became confused and slightly annoyed. I could have been reading too much into this. Sarcasm can ultimately become misunderstood. I believe the Old Testament still counts because it predicted Jesus’ birth. Jesus is the new covenant, but the Old Testament is still needed. It does not contradict the New Testament. The stories are not mere lessons someone wrote, but a historical account. These are accounts we can learn from and gain encouragement, too.
What are your thoughts when you read this?