This week we finished our two weeks of giving some context to what we will be reading and learning from the New Testament. It is so important for us to take some time to understand what is happening in the New Testament and when it was written. This will aid us in understanding what we read in the New Testament better.
Let’s highlight a few of the big differences in the Testaments:
- Jesus! Jesus, is here on earth and sharing God’s message with us on earth. In John we read where Jesus saying that he is saying what the Father (God) has commanded. We will spend a lot of time talking about Jesus and the good news he brought.
- Time it was written over. The New Testament was written over a hundred years and the Old was written over thousands of years. This help us to understand the history and the context of what is in the New Testament.
- Good News and Letters. The New Testament is made of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) The rest is pretty much letters written by Paul or other writers. We will talk about these differences and the books of New Testament as we go through the rest of this year.
- The New Testament puts an end to all the laws and sacrifices that were in the Old Testament. God’s love shines through with Jesus being the ultimate sacrifice and the new law of Love.
I’m excited for the rest of this year as we go through the New Testament and learn so much about God’s love for us!
Questions to Ponder:
- Do you have a favorite section of the Bible? Why?
- How would your understanding of the Bible be different if we didn’t make a distinction between to two sections?
- How do you think the Old and New Testament are different? Where have you noticed similarities.