I revealed a few weeks ago that we are starting our next series at Revolution on April 23rd called The Story of God. It is a 5 month journey through the Old Testament. For many, the Old Testament is something they often avoid. It is seen as archaic, hard to understand, has names you can’t pronounce, God seems to be unjust, angry or tyrant, whereas Jesus seems more compassionate, gentler and gracious. So, Christians and pastors for that matter, stick to the New Testament. But, without the Old Testament the New Testament doesn’t make any sense.
I have been working on this series and the study guide for several months and I am seeing the Old Testament in a new light. I am seeing a God that pursues broken people, refuses to leave them when they sin over and over and ultimately, creates a way for him to have a relationship with us. The gospel and mission of God through the person and work of Jesus are woven through every page of the Old Testament. It is beautiful.
Because the Old Testament was written 2,000-3,500 years ago, it can be hard to understand. For this reason, we will be sharing more resources than we normally do in this series. Below are a few of the books that I’ve read over the last few months that have proven to be helpful in understanding the Old Testament, particularly its message and how to understand God through the lens of the Old Testament.