OLD TESTAMENT LESSONS FOR TODAY
For at least ten years (perhaps longer), I have been going to the Green Hill Church of Christ in Mount Juliet, Tennessee to speak for “a month of Wednesday evenings.” August Ruff has served as their faithful and able preacher for well over fifteen years. August and his wife Linda were schoolmates with Jan and me at Freed-Hardeman College back in the 1950s. They are fine folks and have been dedicated workers in the kingdom for many years. It is always a joy to be with them. August has been kind enough to invite me to come again this year. I will begin there tomorrow night, April 6, D. V.
Through these years of going to Green Hill I have used various themes for my presentations: Remembering Our Roots, Lessons to Inspire and Encourage, Spiritual Things, and various others. Last year all of my lessons centered on Christ. I have not always followed a particular theme, but I have always endeavored to address topics that I thought were relevant. This year I have decided to talk about some “Old Testament Lessons for Today.”
Christians are governed by the New Testament. We learn how to be saved from sin and become a Christian, how to worship, how the church is to function, and how to live a faithful Christian life from the New Testament. The books of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews make this abundantly clear.
Yet, the Old Testament is also the inspired word of God (II Timothy 3:14-17), and in many of the events that occurred in the lives of God’s Old Testament people (the Israelites/Hebrews/Jews) are great lessons for God’s people today (Christians). Paul affirmed: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). With reference to Old Testament history the apostle said, “Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come” (I Corinthians 10:11).
With the above in mind, I plan to present the following lessons at Green Hill during the four Wednesday evenings of April. (Note: Five lessons are here highlighted, so one will have to be omitted from the series, but at this point I have not decided which one to eliminate).
Noah and His Ark (Genesis 6): “Some Advice On Preparing An Ark” “Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), and he and his family were saved from the flood by grace! But Noah still had to build the ark in exact accord with the pattern God gave him, and he did so! “Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did” (Genesis 6:22). What advice might Noah have for us today with reference to building an “ark” that will survive the storms of life and take us to God in eternal glory?
Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3): “Have You Seen A Burning Bush?” From time to time, we all receive important phone calls. What is the most important “call” we shall ever receive? How shall we respond to that “call”? How does God “call” people today (cf. II Thessalonians 2:14)? What responsibilities grow out of that “call”?
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba (I Kings 10:1-9): “The Half Has Not Been Told.” This was the queen of Sheba’s appraisal of Solomon and his kingdom. Of what spiritual realities may it be said that “the half has not been told”? What about the love of God, the words and works of Christ, the glory of the church, and the beauty of heaven?
The Cleansing of Naaman (II Kings 5:1-15): “Coming Clean With God.” Who was Naaman? What was his problem? What mistakes did he make early on in attempting to address his problem? What did Naaman have to do to be cleansed of the dreaded disease of leprosy? What has God commanded of us in order to be cleansed of sin? When does that cleansing actually occur?
Belshazzar and the Handwriting on the Wall (Daniel 5): “Weighed In The Balances And Found Wanting.” The Babylonian Empire had come under the judgment of God and was about to fall to the Medes and the Persians. Belshazzar saw God’s warning of such in the handwriting on the wall. He was told that he had been “weighed in the balances and found wanting.” God has appointed a day in which He will judge the entire world by His Son and the standard of His word (Acts 17:30-31; John 12:48; II Corinthians 5:10). What are some of the things by which we shall be “weighed”? Is there any danger that when that judgment takes place we might be “weighed and found wanting”?
If you live anywhere in the Mount Juliet, Tennessee, area, come join us on Wednesday evenings at the Green Hill Church of Christ, 11076 Lebanon Road, as we learn from these great Old Testament events.
April 5, 2016
April 6, 13, 20, 27: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN