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IBC Women’s Blog September 1, 2016

IBC Women’s Blog September 1, 2016

Appreciating the Old by Jodie Montgomery

John 5:39, 46-47 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me . . . “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me.  “But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

In teaching the Amazing Collection this year, I have been reminded continually of the importance of knowing the Old Testament in understanding the New Testament. To not begin at the beginning of a story is to miss the passionate intent of the story teller. History matters.

Jesus stated that the Old Testament, particularly the Torah, was the proof of His Messianic identity as it predicted His appearance. The Amazing Collection presents the Bible as 66 books of history, poetry, and prophecy written by over forty authors from many walks of life, over a period of 1,500-1,600 years on three continents, in three languages and yet consistent in theme and presentation of the Savior. The Bible is our sustenance for life. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

It has been a blessing and privilege to be in many Bible Studies through the years. I have studied alongside women that are just getting to realize the love of the Good Father for them. I have enjoyed each moment of comprehending His grace together. I have learned through the years that to avoid His revelation is to be anorexic in our faith and ultimately too dehydrated to serve.

The Old is foundational in appreciating the New. Today I thank God for the scholars that spent hours of preparation in study so that others could be grounded in the truth.

Ezra 7:10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.