This semester in Seminary, I signed up for an Old Testament class. There were 2 classes to choose from: Old Testament History and Old Testament Prophets and Poetry. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on the history, so I signed up the prophecy and poetry class. It has been an adventure to say the least! I have really enjoyed it so far. There are 25 class sessions. I just finished class session 16. This has been sort of a crazy week with winding up the school year at North Cobb Christian. Clint and I are planning to head to the lake this weekend with some friends and I didn’t want to have to do any work over Memorial Day…Clint is as teh Braves game tonight with some friends, so tonight I watched 4 class sessions! We are studying the minor prophets at this point. This evening I covered: Jonah, Nahum, Obadiah, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Haggai, Zechariah, Joel, and Malachi. And yes…my head hurts!
I have really enjoyed taking a look at the message of these minor prophets. They continue to warn people of God’s impending judgement. They remind the people of God’s faithfulness and rebuke them for falling back into their sinful ways. The people are reminded of the fact that God’s desire is to restore His people back to the land of Israel. It seems that the prophets are basically begging the people to stop sinning, follow Christ, and enjoy the blessings of a life lived in God’s will. Sound familiar?
As New Testament believers, we tend to spend a ton of time in the New Testament looking at the stuff that applies to us now. I am excited to know that the Old Testament also still applies. Sure, we live under the blood of the new covenant provided by the breaking of Christ’s body and the sacrifice of His blood. However, just as the prophets of the OT did, God is still trying to get our attention today.
I don’t want to miss what He has for my life. I want to run hard after Him. He promises that if we seek Him with all of our heart, we will find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). I want to find Him and know Him more deeply than I did yesterday and be more like Him tomorrow.