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Reflections on the Old Testament

by Ruth Verrinder

In 1 Kings chapter 19, fire falls from heaven to consume the altar which Elijah erected in the sight of all Israel, while the prophets of Baal strove all day to bring fire down. But should Elijah really have executed all the prophets, wicked or not? What Jezebel says to him sounds just enough: “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them…” (1 Kings 19:2, NKJV).

This is the outlook the world might take, but for Christians it is blasphemous. The prophets of Baal doomed themselves to death when first they sinned; they were no worse off, spiritually at least, when Elijah executed them than they had ever been in life—if their sinful existence can even be called life! For Elijah’s part, he is God’s obedient servant; subject to His righteous will and judgement, and his life, sanctified by God, should never be compared with those of Baal’s prophets, as Jezebel so errantly did. Elijah’s life, ju…
Reflections on the Old Testament-Continued
by Ruth Verrinder
More reflections on the Old Testament! God continues to reveal to me “wondrous things in His law,” and compels me to jot them down just as quickly as He gives me the words. I pray that they will be as insightful to you as they have been to me, or at least that they would bring a smile to your face.

“Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?”
--1 Chronicles 29:5 (NKJV)
“The work is great, because the temple is not for man but for the LORD God.”
--1 Chronicles 29:1 (NKJV)
The Lord builds His temple in us, as a result of Christ’s death. Yes, it is through the suffering of Jesus Christ that we are granted this privilege, therefore should we not willingly give all that we have toward the building of that temple? For, as David put it, “…all things come from You, and of Your own we have given You.” Why should we withhold that which God has given us? Let us “set our affection on the house of God,” and “give to the hou…
Reflections on the Old Testament by Ruth Verrinder
“For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off…but the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.”
--Deuteronomy 30:11, 14 (NKJV)
There is nothing mysterious or distant about the Word of God. That is just a silly excuse invented by man to ignore God’s commandment. “But the word is very near you,” you have but to reach for it! However hard you try to suppress it, it is lurking in your heart, is sleeping on your lips; you have but to call to God and He will waken it, He will “stir the slumb’ring chords again”! God’s commandments are entirely within reach, “that you may do [them].”
Sadly, many modern-day Christians often neglect the Old Testament because they think it is “too mysterious”; because they do not understand it. While it is true that the New Testament is much clearer and applies more directly to our lives, it is also true that a thorough understandin…