THE PURPOSE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES
I. TEXTUAL THOUGHTS
1. 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 - The Old Testament scriptures were given to show us Jesus.
2. 1 Corinthians 10:5-13 - The O.T. scriptures were given to warn us about how destructive,
to ourselves and others, certain ways of life are.
3. Romans 15:4 - The O.T. scriptures were given to help us have a living hope, no matter
what our present circumstances.
4. Romans 5:20 - The O.T. law was given to help us see our sinfulness.
II. MAIN THEME - God desires to bless people through their study of the O.T. scriptures.
The scriptures He gave help us experience that blessed life in many ways.
1. We are blessed by seeing and being drawn to Jesus in the Old Testament through:
a. Prophecy - Psalm 22; Isaiah 53 and many others.
b. Picture types - Numbers 21:4-9 & John 3:14-18 and many others.
c. People types - Genesis 14:17-20 & Hebrews 5-7; Deuteronomy 18:18f & Luke 9:18f
d. Narratives / Stories - Genesis 22:1-19
2. We are blessed by being warned about how destructive certain lifestyles are through:
a. Prophetic warnings - Deuteronomy 27, 28:15-68 and many others.
b. Proverbs - Proverbs 1:8-19; 23:1f and many others.
c. Narratives / Stories with "unhappy" endings - 2 Samuel 11-12:23 and many others.
d. Heeding these warnings will protect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
3. Parts of the Old Testament scriptures bless by giving hope in difficult times:
a. Prophetic blessings - Deuteronomy 28:1-14 and many others.
b. Proverbs - Proverbs 2 and many others.
c. Narratives / Stories where victories occur for faithful men and women - Genesis 37-50,
especially 50:19-21; 1 Samuel 17 and many others.
1. Look carefully for Jesus, to miss him is to miss the power of God and hope for eternal life -
2. Heed the warnings of the Old Testament - they are for our well-being - Ezekiel 3:16-21,
realizing we are not under OT law, but that good advice is good advice, in any time.
3. In the OT stories look for the way of escape God provided. It is there, but not often taken,
even by the heroes of faith - 1 Corinthians 10:13
4. As you read the OT stories, ask yourself these questions:
a. Where did they put their hope? - in God, a king, idols, own power, material things
b. How did God give them hope? How did He use events to affirm hope?
c. How is my situation like an OT situation? Is it possible that my hope is only in the
final judgment when God redeems me.
IV. MEMORY VERSE - Romans 15:4