Sunday, November 16, 2008

Old Testament Jewels

I am surprised at the low level of interest in the Old Testament. It is so full of fun stories and accounts. Although sometimes morbid by common standards, it contains some awesome lessons and thoughts that are frequently overlooked. For example, in 2nd Kings 20 Hezekiah (through Isaiah) asked that the Lord turn back a shadow 10 degrees. To me this shows the faith of Hezekiah. I don't know if I would have had the faith to place such a request--not in the context of "show me a sign or I won't believe," but more along the lines of "I know God can do this, and I want to know if it is his will for it to occur" (for Hezekiah to live in this case).

I have come along many other fun stories as well in the course of my reading, like the voice of the Lord being a still, small voice for Elijah; a man being healed by merely touching Elisha's bones; and many others. The Old Testament rocks.

I know that the Old Testament is the word of God, and that it is beneficial and worthwhile to read and think about. I have come to know God better while reading it.