The Old Testament was written to
the children of Israel (the Jewish people). So some people say that most of it
doesn’t apply to Christians today. And so while we may get some good stories
from the Old Testament, is it really binding on Christians?
First, it is important to realize that neither the
Old nor the New Testament was written to people living in the twenty-first
century. The Old Testament audience was the children of Israel, and the New
Testament was written to a Jewish and Gentile audience in the first
century. But that doesn’t mean the truth
of Scripture isn’t relevant to or binding on us today.
The Bible was written within certain historical
contexts, all quite different from ours today. But even though the words of
Scripture may not have been written specifically to us,
that doesn’t mean they weren’t written for us.
Scripture is God’s universal and relevant truth that is applicable to all
people, in all places, for all times. Both the Old and the New Testament
messages transcend history, cultures, customs, languages, and time lines. So to
interpret what God is saying to us in the twenty-first century we must first
identify the universal truths of Scripture that were applied in ancient times
in order to understand how they apply to us today.