By: Darrelyn L. Tutt"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."Revelations 22:13------Kara doesn't like the Old Testament;She's appalled by the blood and gore of it all.She's appalled by unmerciful battles, innocent victims, manic episodes of haunting brutality, and seemingly unfair judgments pronounced and passed out by a God who calls Himself "merciful."She refuses to acknowledge that the same God who authored the Old Testament is the same God who ushered in the New Testament.And Kara asks a profound question:Why is the Old Testament relevant? Hmmm ...-------To these profound wonderings I offer three considerations.1) Man's disapproval does nothing to undermine God's "pre-approval." Man is free to disagree, be appalled, object, dislike, misunderstand, and misintrepret the Scripture and the God who breathed it. Man is free to discount and dislike portions of His precious word, and man is even free to disconnect himself from all that he deems objectionable.Man can assert and question a great many things about God;But man cannot rewrite the written word of God.The written word of God remains the 'Yes and Amen' throughout eternity and this will never change.The accuracy and veracity of God's word is man's one true "constant."The man who reads the "whole" of it will be blessed;The man who reads the portions he decrees and deems acceptable is going to meet with trouble. Man's thoughts are NEVER the final authority over God's thoughts.Let this reality be your determinant in your reading of His word."For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts."Isaiah 55:8-9-----2) God is God from beginning to end. The first prophecy fulfilled in "Darrelyn's" mind is Genesis 1:1."In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."Genesis 1:1This prophecy declares with substantial accuracy the final promise and prophecy:"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last."Revelation 22:13The wondrous order and design birthed at the onset of the Holy Scripture begins with the sovereign articulation and fulfillment of God and His character.God is who He says He is.He is the great I AM responsible for the fulfillment of every spoken word He has uttered from beginning to end.Think, dear reader, of the wonder of it all:God, in His perfect beginning, initiated the reality of His full authority to us through a visible manifestation of His creation.Think of the sovereign authority and beauty of it all.To discount even one "seemingly" miniscule word of God is a strange and most unmerciful act to the mind I think.We must view God in His wholeness by reading Him through His wholeness.He has selected and elected to give us "all" of His written word for our good and His glory."All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."2 Timothy 3:16-17------3) Discover more of God and He will uncover more of you.He will also "recover" more of you. (smile)Bible reading plans have a significant role to play in our reading of the Scripture because they take us into the "whole" of God and move us out of the confines of our narrowness and smallnesss of God.Don't miss out on the beauty of God and the totality of His character by remaining in the books that make you comfortable.God is interested in conformity before comfort, though He most certainly secures both.From the Old Testament to the New Testament God has a message to speak to each of us and the more of Him we allow in ...The more of "us" that moves out.It's good news and it's God's news;Search the Scriptures."The words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times."Psalm 12:6-----
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