The Old Testament opens up with Genesis and the story of creation and the beginning of the world. We meet Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. We learn how evil enters Eden. We read about Noah, who built the ark, and the great flood. We learn about the history of God’s people, starting with Abraham and Sarah and their son, Isaac. We read about the story of Jacob, the son of Isaac. The story of Joseph is well known as videos and even theatre productions have been made based on this story. We learn about Moses, his escape as a baby, the ten plagues of God, and the miracle of the parting of the Red Sea. We learn about Joshua who defeated a town by walking seven times around it and then shouting. We read the stories of Samson’s super strength and Samuel, the boy who heard God’s voice. We learn the story of David, a shepherd who killed a giant and later became king. We read about Solomon, the wisest man alive. We read about Elijah and his ride in a chariot of fire. We read about Jonah who was swallowed by a big fish. And we learn the story of Daniel, who survived the night in a lion’s den.
The Bible is divided into two parts, the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though the Bible has two parts, it really is one story. The New Testament tells the rest of the story. It’s the story of God’s plan for all of us. It draws upon Old Testament prophecies and records the life of Jesus. In the book, “What the Bible is all About” Henrietta Mears writes, “The word testament means ‘covenant’ or ‘agreement.’ The Old Testament is the covenant God made with man about his salvation before Christ came. The New Testament is the agreement God made with man about his salvation after Christ came. In the Old Testament we find the covenant of law. In the New Testament we find the covenant of grace, which came through Jesus Christ. One led into the other (Galatians 3:17-25).”
We cannot pick and choose which book to read or which story to believe. We must believe it all. It is all or nothing. The New Testament completes what the Old Testament had started.