March 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Why Should We Study the Old Testament?)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Does the Old Testament Still Have Value (Kevin W. Rhodes)
  • The Old Testament & Inspiration (Cody Westbrook)
  • The Purpose of the Old Testament (Tom Wacaster)
  • Kingdom Prophecy in the Old Testament (Andy Baker)
  • Messianic Prophecy in the Old Testament (Kris Grodaurk)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Hugh’s News & Views (Old Testament Lessons . . .)

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.

Hugh Fulford
April 5, 2016

Speaking Schedule:
April 6, 13, 20, 27: Green Hill Church of Christ, Mount Juliet, TN

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A one-volume commentary on the Old Testament?

A question appeared on a closed social media site about commentaries, or a single commentary, on the Old Testament. No information was given about price range nor what type of commentary was desired, only that the person did not have a lot of money. A one-volume commentary on the OT alone is a challenge.

If the commentary needed is one that expounds the meaning of the text, one might consider something like Paul House’s OT Theology, or even Thomas Olbricht’s He Loves Forever, even though the latter is quite brief. Continue reading

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12-2-2015 Salvation Finally Revealed

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning” (Romans 15:4 NKJV). “Our learning” must come from studying the events written in the Bible. God’s plan to save both Jew and Gentile through Jesus Christ, and add the saved to the church of Christ, is in the New Testament, not the Old Testament. Paul wrote that God’s Plan, “in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5 NKJV). Peter commanded Jews, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV); and Gentiles “to be baptized in the name of the Lord” (Acts 10:48 NKJV). Jesus saves “from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:39 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Hugh’s News & Views (Great Lessons . . .)

GREAT LESSONS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT

While the Old Testament no longer governs the people of God (we are governed by the new covenant which Christ sealed with His blood, Matthew 26:28), the Old Testament remains a part of the divinely inspired revelation of God to mankind and contains within it many great lessons for people living in the Christian age. Paul wrote: “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). Following are some important lessons from the Old Testament. Continue reading

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Israel’s land survey

I purchased a house last year, and the seller split his larger property into two lots, selling me the smaller of the two. To make this happen, the property had to be surveyed, and a description had to be drawn up specifying the exact locations of the borders. I could describe the borders in one sentence, but the surveyors have to be much more precise. The document they created describes in very technical language the latitude, longitude, angles, curves, etc. from corner to corner of the property, and is quite lengthy. The precision is a result not only of the desire to establish a clear understanding between buyer and seller, but to prevent future disagreements about the exact locations of the border.

When the children of Israel conquered the land of Canaan, there were twelve tribes. The conquered land had to be divvied up between them. I used to read Joshua 13-21 with dread, trudging through the city names and border descriptions with only the purpose of getting through it. Not so anymore. As I struggle to pronounce dozens and dozens (if not hundreds) of city and village names, I think of the towns, cities, suburbs, metropolises, counties, and states in my own country and the different climates, accents, histories, cultures, landscapes, laws, traditions, products, arts, disciplines, stereotypes, etc. peculiar to each one. I imagine what conversations may have sounded like in ancient Israel. Did the young Issacharians in Tabor ever complain about how there was nothing to do in their town? Did they long for the day when their parents considered them big enough to go with big brother and his friends to Shahazumah where they could fish or swim in the Jordan River (I may be misrepresenting the geography here). Which one of the cities on the Great Sea did people vacation to the most (think of Myrtle Beach or Gulf Shores)? Were Manassehites arrogant like Texans because of the size of their inheritance? Was there trash talk among the tribes about whose land was, as we sometimes say, “God’s country”?

These 9 chapters are a testimony of the Israelites’ desire for accuracy, understanding, and peace between the tribes. We are given the bare details, but they open up speculation about what life was like as they settled into their new territories. God’s current people have not yet crossed their Jordan. We, too, will settle a new territory one day, but I don’t think we’ll be as concerned about borderlines as they were.

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the whole counsel of God

Joshua 8 records the battle the children of Israel fought against the people of Ai. It is an interesting study in military strategy, but more importantly, the end of the chapter provides a lesson for us regarding our spiritual lives. After the victory, Joshua built an altar, wrote a new copy of the law of Moses, and the nation held a ceremony in which the law was read to the people. According to the last verse of the chapter, “There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded which Joshua did not read before all the assembly of Israel with the women and the little ones and the strangers who were living among them.” It was not enough to know some of the law. The people needed to know ALL of the law. As the Lord told Moses, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Deuteronomy 8:3).

Lord, make us hungry to glean everything we can from the pages of Scripture, for we do not live by some of Your words, but by all of them.

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