We have been studying Judges on Wednesday nights, and this study has really taught me a lot. many people confess (including me) that they have, at one time or another, written the Old Testament off as something that is not applicable to our everyday life. Well, SURPRISE! It is applicable to our lives! Look at Samson in Judges, he was a Nazarite, and was set apart for God, yet he chose to reveal the secret of his strengh, something that God told him never to do.
We all sin, and if you have read any part of the Old Testament, you may think that their sins are huge compared to our own. Another surprise, our sins are just as big if not bigger.
Matthew 5:21-22 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
God sees calling someone a fool, or even kiddingly a 'retard' the same as murder. You see, God made us in His image, so when we say that we are a retard or something of that sort, we are dissing God's creation. I have really had this on my heart that I need to work on it.
Hopefully this little blog changes some of your views on the Old Testament.
P.S. I was baptized today. :-)