How to Read the Old Testament [Romans 15:4 Devotional]

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How to Read the Old Testament [Romans 15:4 Daily Devotional]

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

The Apostle Paul, the author of this letter, reminds us that the Jewish Scripture was written to teach us. We can learn how to endure from and can be encouraged by those Scriptures because these Scriptures seek to provide us with hope. Lucky for us, everything that the Jewish Scripture pointed to was fulfilled by Jesus’s death and resurrection. Because of that, we can now live in the hope that it promised.

How to Read the Old Testament

I don’t often write about the Jewish Scriptures, which you might know as the Old Testament. This is because like most of you, I’m a New Covenant Christian with no Jewish heritage. Because of this, I find most of my inspiration and guidance in the words and acts of Jesus and his disciples. Nevertheless, we as non-Jewish Christians can utilize the Old Testament because it’s filled with wisdom.

Find a curated list of Jewish Scripture that talks about Jesus. If I’m honest, most of the Old Testament is confusing to someone who doesn’t understand the cultural context. That means having a list of passages that are about Jesus is helpful in finding the encouragement Paul writes about.

Always read the Old Testament through the lens of Jesus. Jesus fulfilled the “law and prophets.” The Jewish Scripture predicted that and knowing that will put a lot of what you read in perspective.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for fulfilling the law and dying for me. Help me to see you all throughout Scripture, both new and old. Give me the wisdom I need to discern your presence, even when things don’t make sense to me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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