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[#32] Question: Should I read/study the old or new testament the most, or both equally? I have already read the whole bible 3 times.
Thank you for your question. I am glad to see that you are interested in reading the Bible.
Yes, I most definitely encourage you to read the whole Bible. Both are equally important. I preach out of both old and new. Currently I am preaching on Wed through Genesis, and Sundays I preach through John, and 2 Peter.
The New Testament (NT) offers us the words of Christ and the Apostles; it gives us exhortation, (the purpose to grow in faith); edification (how to grow in faith); and encouragement (the importance of continuing to grow in faith).
The Old Testament (OT) gives us great examples of saints who have 'been there, done that'! It show us their walk, faith, faithfulness, flaws, and failures.
Abraham, was called to leave his family and country and go to a land he had never seen. He simply believed God and went.
Moses, called to serve the Lord at 80 years old, and he served for 40 years in the wilderness, humbly, faithfully tending the flock of God (Israel);
Joshua, called to lead the children of Israel into the promised land and settle there, conquering the various tribes to claim the land God had promised them.
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, etc, all called to serve the Lord in the midst of trying and difficult times. Who can forget David? He was called "A man after God's own heart". Oh that we also would be men and women faithfully seeking to love the Lord so.
The Bible is replete with encouragement concerning the importance of God's word. 2 Timothy 3:16
"ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Peter 1:20 "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."
When Jesus preached and taught, He used the OT. When the Apostles preached and convinced the nation of Israel that Jesus is the Messiah, they used the OT.
Bottom line: Yes, read it all, eat it up, and God will bless and help you to grow in faith and wisdom. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17
David said in Psalm 119:11, "Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee."
Hope this helps you.
God bless, Bro Michael
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