“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lima Beans and
The Relevance of the Old Testament

Who Knew?

For 41 years. I had waited 41 years to find out the truth. This summer I had a big revelation. I could have continued on. Not knowing. Being oblivious. Thinking I knew the answer. The truth be known, I grew up in the suburbs... not a farm. So... how was I supposed to know... that lima beans grow in pods? That the little beans did not just grow on a vine? I mean really... how was I supposed to know?

Admittedly, I am a student at heart. A thinker. A fact gatherer. And true to my heart, I study the Bible. I study the Word of God. Sometimes devouring it.

As I contemplated my current memory verse selection -- Jeremiah 29:10-13-- I thought... there are some who will say, "Sheri, this is my life verse!" but then I knew there are others who would say, "Sheri, I just read the New Testament. I don't think the promises of the Old Testament are meant for today."

And so, I think of those who may not find the Old Testament to be relevant to today. Or conflicting to the New Testament. And then I thought about a couple quotes from Esther: It's Tough Being a Woman.
Your future is tied to your past.

You cannot amputate your history from your destiny.

And I thought of Jesus. The Old Testament IS Jesus' past. It is Jesus' history.

Jesus over and over again refers to the Scriptures (aka Old Testament):

“Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say,‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’" Matthew 4:10 NLT

Jesus replied, "Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?" Matthew 12:24

Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: " 'The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone ; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?" Matthew 21:42

So, it may not really matter in the scheme of things where lima beans come from... about their past or their history... I mean they taste just the same to this city-girl.

But if you truly want to know more about Jesus or the God that you pray to... then you do need to know their history... their character... and then I think the relevance question will take care of itself.

1 comment:

Amy said...

"You can not amputate your history from your destiny." Wow! Those are powerful words. God uses everything, every detail. He uses both Old and New Testaments to express every dimension of who He is. And He uses both the old and new parts of our own stories to, again, convey just how amazing He is!