Tuesday, May 12, 2015

How The Old Testament Applies Today

I was asking the Lord for some New Testament evidence that the Old Testament isn't just something for Israel.  How does the Old Testament apply to us today?

1 Cor 10:1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. 13There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

We are seeing Old Testament punishments in the world all around us.  Disobedience and faithlessness has a price.  What happens when people do what does not please the Lord?  Go back and read the Old Testament, the Lord has some signature judgements that are used time and again on people who do not please Him.  One of those signature judgements is drought:

Amos 4:7 "I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still ... "I also withheld rain from you when the harvest was still three months away.
I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another.

 Deut 11 16Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 17And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Levit 25:19And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass: 20And your strength shall be spent in vain: for your land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits.

You get the picture right?  Over and over again He uses the same punishments.  Look around at the world today.  Look at California.  One of the blessings of the Lord is rain in due season.  California produces fruit and nuts for the entire U.S.  It appears that the Lord is not happy with the hearts and actions of the people of the United States.  If He was, California would have rain. 

grace and peace