In our Wednesday night class, we have been “Connecting the Dots” as we have surveyed the Old Testament. One of the most remarkable connections we can make is the tie between the Old Testament examples and our lives as Christians today. Consider the following:
We are God’s people – 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are “a people for God’s own possession.” We also know that the Israelites were God’s people.
We struggle with sin – Romans 3:23 tells us that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We also know that the Israelites struggled with sin, even after entering the promised land. Their sin became so great that the nation of God’s people divides.
Our sin separates us from God – Ephesians 2:12 tells us that we were once “separate from Christ.” We also know that Israel’s sin continued until they were separated or removed from the promised land and therefore removed from the promises and blessings from God.
God desires for us to be near Him once again – Ephesians 2:13 tells us that we “have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” We also see the same desire of God demonstrated in the lives of the Israelites as God restored them to the promised land.
The Old and New Testaments both tell of God’s love, God’s saving grace, and how He works in the lives of men and women, even today.