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.