Solving for ❌

If you’ve ever tackled reading the whole Bible you know how difficult it is to read the Old Testament. Almost as hard as those algebra classes way back where we had to solve for X.

The way I look at the Old Testament is like learning algebra. We are constantly told how important it is and how we will use it later.

Dood, I have NEVER solved for x or y since being out of school.

So why is it so important? Algebra is the basis of learning how to solve problems. While the the actual technique of solving math equations isn’t used in every day life, the brain power you gain is essential. Those equations teach you patience and literal problem solving. When you skip steps you get the wrong answer.

Like algebra, the books in Old Testament pave the way for the truth you learn in the New Testament. While a lot of what you learn is not how things are today, the knowledge you gain is the basics of learning to live like Jesus in today’s society.

Joshua 24:13 NLT says

“I gave you land you had not worked on, and I gave you towns you did not build—the towns where you are now living. I gave you vineyards and olive groves for food, though you did not plant them.

That statement holds true today. Everything we have, someone before us worked hard and sacrificed for us to gain. Without them we wouldn’t be what we are today.

The stories and the prophecy you find in the Old Testament are the joy and hope we have today. How incredible that Jesus came and tore the veil. We no longer have to offer burnt sacrifices and live a life worn down by “the law”.

Jesus is the law now. He is how we structure our daily life. We still live by the Ten Commandments as a guide for basic human rules, because let’s be honest.. we need rules. How we got those commandments is a powerful story.

“For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 NLT

You don’t have to be well versed in all the Old Testament to be a good servant. Tackling that reading and asking God to teach you is pivotal for your growth and success as a believer.

I challenge you to read the Bible in its entirety. Algebra is a must in school and we all do it because that’s what we are supposed to do as part of our education. The whole Bible is our history, full of the stories of what Joshua 24:13 stated. We must read it as part of our daily walk.

I asked God to restore my desire for his word and he did. I urge you to do the same.

Ask for the desire.

Don’t do it alone.

Get a couple of people and tackle it together.

Genesis through Malachi is a must to grow your faith and relationship with our Heavenly Father. Treat it like algebra. Read it, and have your kids read it. It’s important and it will help you restore life to your dry bones 😉

2 Replies to “Solving for ❌”

  1. I could not agree more on this issue of reading the Bible. It wasn’t until I decided to read the entire bible that I was faced with the Old Testament blues! I agree there are some parts that are not as interesting as others, but I never knew how enticing a story could be until I really dived into reading the ENTIRE bible. It made quite an impact on my relation with our Lord and Savior. I would definitely invite any and everyone who hasn’t already read the Bible in its entirety, to do so. You won’t regret it. I’ve read it three times and I will continue to read it every year. Thank you Emily for bringing this to our attention. I love reading your blog and your take on God’s word. ❤️❤️❤️

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