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  • Writer's pictureElias Paulino

Four Lessons from the Old Testament: Part Two

Updated: Aug 29, 2023



"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." – Romans 10:17

The Bible is a compilation of sixty-six ancient books that covers around 4,000 years of recorded history, and is divided into two categories; Old and New Testament. Very recently, but after many years of failing to read the Old Testament fully, I can finally say that I have, and what a fascinating experience it has been. I personally love the Old Testament. This entire section of the Bible, which has 39 books, its filled with so many stories of ordinary men and women that through their faith and obedience to God, shaped history, challenged kingdoms, performed miracles and wonders, and even set standards and practices that still influence our lives and world today. Through this blog, I'll like to share the four lessons that I learned from reading the entire Old Testament (OT) that really touched my heart and helped me develop a broader understanding of who God is. These lessons are as true and as practical today as when they took place hundreds and thousands of years ago. If you take these lessons, meditate on them, ponder on how they can affect and influence your life today, you too will find the hidden treasures that they hold.



Lesson #2: God is a God of miracles


The second thing that really stood out to me after reading the OT, is how God really is a God of miracles. I've personally have witness miracles that God has performed in people's lives and in my own life, but for some strange reason which I cannot explain, it really hit different for me when I started reading all the miracles and wonders God performed in the OT through people and for his people. With all honesty I can truly say that my faith, conviction and confidence of what God is truly capable of grew. Again, I cannot fully articulate it or find the words to describe it, but my faith and my ability to trust in Him grew because of reading all the things He did back in the OT. How I see it is as if the written Word became like the real life evidence that my belief system needed in order to believe. I guess my belief in God's power was weak, and only by reading through his unmatched record of wonders and miracles, my faith would grow stronger.


This is the crucial importance of reading and knowing His word. I am convinced—because of this very experience of mine and also because Jesus himself taught on it—that there are things about God that would never be imparted unto you or that you would have the ability to believe until it gets revealed to you by the Word. There's this instance in the Bible where Jesus himself was, "marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching"(1). Jesus was literally shocked how the unbelief of the people prevented Him from performing miracles—see Mark 6:5—and what did he do? "He went on the villages teaching." I find it extremely interesting that Jesus didn't addressed their unbelief with an actual demonstration of the power of God. I mean, if you had the ability to fly, how else would you have people believe you if not by an actual demonstration of you flying? Jesus respond to their unbelief was teaching the Word. Why? I cannot explain this mystery, but there are things about God that you would never believe until it gets revealed to you by His word first. You could witness it with your own two eyes, and yet, you wouldn't believe. I think this is the reason why Jesus didn't even bother performing miracles "because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand"(2). This is exactly what happened to me as I read his Word. This new assurance was growing in me because the Word itself became the evidence my heart and my faith needed to grow my belief and my trust in God.


Faith is always rooted in his Word, and faith grows based on what you believe about Him and the best way to know God is by knowing his Word. At some point in time, we all struggle to believe and have faith, and the best way of God dealing with that unbelief in our hearts is by bringing us closer to his Word. Know the word and your ability to trust God and have an unwavered faith will become automatically. Never forget that faith is always a response of that which you already believe.


 

References:

(1) Mark 6:6 (NKJV)

(2) Matthew 13:13 (NKJV)

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