Why read the Pentateuch?
As some of you may recall, last January we did an eight-week reading campaign through the whole New Testament called Immerse: Messiah. In doing so, we used study bibles offered by our denomination, met each week in our Home Groups to discuss the readings together, and the messages on Sunday followed along the weekly readings. What an enriching and encouraging time it was for us to all to dig deeper into God’s word!
I am excited to announce that beginning this Sunday we will embark on another journey together through God’s word, but this time our focus will be on the first five books of the Old Testament (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) – otherwise known as the Pentateuch or the “Law of Moses”.
For many Christians, the Old Testament can be a bit intimidating and confusing to read. Many of the ideas and customs surrounding the culture in which ancient Judaism was born are quite foreign to us modern day Americans. Given all this, some people give up on the Old Testament entirely and assume that it holds little relevance to our faith in Christ. However, nothing further could be from the truth! In actuality, the Pentateuch is very relevant for us as it was the very bible which Jesus Himself was nourished on and quoted from frequently throughout His ministry (and the same holds true for Paul, John and Peter!). Furthermore, the Pentateuch is the very foundation from which the rest of the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments!) is built on. I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say that apart from the Pentateuch, the salvation we have in Jesus Christ doesn’t make sense!
All this to say, my prayer for the next couple of months is that our faith in Christ and understanding of God’s word will mature and grow deeper as we study the Pentateuch together. I also hope that you, as a bible-reader, will become more comfortable with the Old Testament and make it part of your daily, spiritual-diet as you continue to follow Christ.
I look forward to sharing more with you on Sunday!