Why would a lack of knowledge of the Old Testament weaken our understanding of the New Testament?

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    • #95306438
      Justin
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      An understanding of the Old Testament allows to more deeply understand the reason of the the NT. The OT points to the NT so we need to know how and why to grasp the truth of the NT.

    • #95306404
      Autumn
      Participant

      We have to remember that when the people written about in the New Testament lived, there was no New Testament. There was only the Old Testament. When they went to temple, they read the Old Testament. When they set up new laws, they referred to the Old Testament. When they wanted to learn about God, they went to the Old Testament. This is what all of society was based on, and this is the society that Jesus was born into and was a part of. So the Old Testament provides the foundation for all of the knowledge, history, and prophecy that the people had for their religious and cultural studies.
      It also shows a different side of the Trinity. While the New Testament often focuses on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the Old Testament focuses on God. Knowing about God is essential to knowing Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

    • #95306141
      Scot Small
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      The old testament sets up the problem of sin, shows use God’s grace and mercy, introduces the solution of Christ. The new testament is the fulfillment of the Old. We cannot understand the new unless we understand the old.

    • #95305948
      Amanda
      Participant

      We need to understand the laws, where things began, the prophecies to understand the resl meaning behind what Christ did for us.

    • #95305217
      Michelle Rauch
      Participant

      The Old Testament describes how we are unable to redeem ourselves, and how we are in need of a blameless Saviour. By seeing how the Old Testament people fail over and over again, we get to appreciate the arrival of Jesus and the work He would do on the cross for us.

    • #95304833
      Raina Lanier
      Participant

      One reason is the understanding of Jesus. Without reading the repeated foreshadowing and prophesies about the coming Messiah, you can’t fully grasp the concept of how long the Israelites waited for a savior. I helps you understand the Pharisees, the response many people had to Jesus, and the full gospel when you understand the history of God’s people and how much they had prepared for their Messiah.

    • #95304463
      Joseph Petrich
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      A lack of knowledge of the Old Testament would be like building a house upside down. The Old Testament is the foundational record of everything the Lord God does from creation and its fall to the redemptive work of Christ. Through the Old Testament, we repeatedly see how as humans we fall short of God’s greatness and goodness, how apart from him we are nothing and can truly do nothing. We see David, a man described as after God’s heart even falling short repeatedly winding all the way up to murder his friend and get his wife pregnant. The Old Testament shows us how much of a need for God we truly have, with the Old we cannot fully appreciate and understand the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross in the New. Without the Old we may be fooled into thinking that we can do things on our own.

    • #95304375
      Vicki
      Participant

      Christ came to fulfill what was started in the Old Testament. If you do not know the beginning,, how can you truly under the ending?

    • #95304163
      Mesu
      Participant

      Because the OT is the foundation and where all began. Understanding the OT will ease the comprehension of the NT

    • #95304040
      Josh
      Participant

      Like the video said the old testament is a core foundation of understanding God and people. Without this understanding the magnificent truths brought forth in the new testament wouldn’t carry the weight they do without this understanding.

    • #95303716
      Kathy
      Participant

      The Old Testament teaches us about God and his nature, and about people and their nature and their need for a Savior. Without understanding of the fundamental problem, knowledge of Jesus would not be needed.

    • #95302851
      Daniel
      Participant

      Without understanding the Old Testament we lack full context of the whole bible story. So much of why God does what he does is explained in the lives of Old Testament characters and people. We see the value of trusting God and his plan for man.

    • #95302490
      Janette
      Participant

      You build knowledge on a foundation. The OT is our foundation. You must know the history, the story, to understand the NT. The OT gives us the truth and facts about Jesus so we can apply it to our lives as we read the NT. Without an understanding of the OT you have nothing to build on when reading the NT.

    • #95302384
      John
      Participant

      Without the OT, Jesus’ teachings have no context, and his sacrifice has no meaning. And without understanding the story of Israel, we can grossly misinterpret the teachings and events of the NT by reading them through our own cultural context.

    • #95302161
      Tammy
      Participant

      We would not understand the history of God’s people, the way that sin impacted them as well as God’s response. How and why God responds to His people teaches us more about Him.
      We also learn of the importance of a Savior, why we were lost and needed redemption. We learn about the hope of the Lord and the setting of the stage to His coming although He is there throughout.

    • #95300985
      Michael
      Participant

      We wouldn’t have the foundational knowledge as to why God had to come down from Heaven in human form when He delivered His Son Jesus Christ to us in order to establish a new covenant with us that would permanently end the practice of sacrifice with Jesus’ death on the cross.

    • #95299979
      Hadi
      Participant

      As mentioned in the video, the old testament is the basis for the whole bible. For instance, the crucifixion of Jesus makes no sense without understanding the old testament i.e. God’s holiness and justice; the sacrifice…etc

    • #95299618
      Tracy
      Participant

      Must have a foundation from the beginning.

    • #95299599
      Linda
      Participant

      The lack of knowledge of the Old Testament weakens our understanding of the New Testament because we don’t have the foundation in place to build upon in knowing God.

    • #95299432
      Melinda
      Participant

      The New Testament is a continuation of the Old Testament, we would be lost.

    • #95298822
      Alexis
      Participant

      Not understanding that the Old Testament is full of Gods promises and the prophecies, takes away the magnitude of what actually happens in the New Testament.

    • #95298770
      Rhenald
      Participant

      Failure to understand the Old Testament weakens…
      1. One’s appreciation of the Christian faith
      2. One’s knowledge about God, His plan, will and promises
      3. A persons resolve to God’s standards
      4. Ones understanding of redemption as it unfolds through various covenants and situations.

    • #95297995
      Lisa
      Participant

      The OT shows us who God is, the history of the Israelites, and why we needed a savior in Jesus Christ. It also prophecies Jesus and His coming.

    • #95297824
      Hannah
      Participant

      A lack of knowledge of the Old Testament weakens our understanding of the New Testament because we miss the history laid out before the New Testament that is essential to understanding the New Testament in its proper historical context. The Old Testament is full of history that points to the purpose of Jesus coming to earth and the need for a savior. It is rich in prophesy of the coming of Christ and gives us new depth to understand the context in which Jesus and his disciples lived and how the Lord had been moving throughout history leading to the coming of Jesus.

    • #95297800
      Jane
      Participant

      The Old Testament tells the story of God’s people, their rebellion, their demands to have a king to rule over them, their disobedience and excile. But God loved them and the promise of eternal love evident in the birth, death and resurrection of His only Son Jesus Christ as reported in the New Testament.
      We are no different from the Old Testament people always seeking our own council.
      If it was not for the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise of through the death and resurrection of Christ we would not receive eternal life.

    • #95297455
      Michael
      Participant

      The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament.

    • #95297454
      Michael
      Participant

      The New Testament is the fulfilling of Old Testament prophesy.

    • #95297390
      Jackie
      Participant

      Because then we wouldn’t fully understand why Christ had to come.

    • #95297060
      Terry
      Participant

      We would not have the background we need to understand the New Testament completely. The Old and New Testaments are intertwined together and they also enrich one another.

    • #95297012
      Jordan
      Participant

      Because The Lords sovereign plan laid out in the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. Most of the New Testament IS the Old Testament.

    • #95297010
      Stanley
      Participant

      We wouldn’t fully understand why God sent his only son into the world to save us.
      The Old Testament is filled with Triumph and strife. We were lost in sin.
      The Old Testament sets up the New Testament.

    • #95296955
      Caleb
      Participant

      To know the new testament you have to spend time in the old testament because the whole time in the old testament it is revealing who Jesus is. The prophecy spoke about who he is the whole time and how many encounters that Jesus fulfilled in the New Testament.

    • #95296953
      Nicholas
      Participant

      The Old Testament shows the journey of God and the israelites and the creation of the Law with all the prophecies being fulfilled as well.

    • #95296688
      Brett
      Participant

      It would be difficult to see how sacrifices worked, how Christ changed that and how He was the final sacrifice (because that alone wouldn’t make sense if we didn’t understand sacrifice from the perspective of the Old Testament). Also, the prophecies give us confidence and validates what Jesus said, in relation to God and being the Messiah.

    • #95295254
      Emily
      Participant

      We wouldn’t understand the necessity of Christ without the OT. We also wouldn’t be able to have certainty about why sins can only be forgiven by the shedding of blood. We also wouldn’t get to see specific prophecies fulfilled which gives us certainty about Jesus being the Christ. And we would miss out on so much of the character and nature of God that is revealed through the OT.

    • #95294994
      Kathryn
      Participant

      Without knowing the Old Testament we wouldn’t have the history or foundation of God, and of His purpose for us. It also would weaken the explanation of Jesus without the OT prophecy.

    • #95294993
      Kathryn
      Participant

      The Old Testament is the foundation of the Bible. It tells us about God, it also tells us about Jesus, and God’s plan for salvation. It is factual, and it also tells us about who God is.

    • #95294942
      Chris
      Participant

      The new testament is all informed by the old testament. Much of the ways that Christ and the apostle talk about sacrifice and other topics are referring to the old testament.

    • #95294855
      Irina
      Participant

      Because Old Testament is intro to New Testament and without knowing what happened in old days, we would have hard time to understand New Testament

    • #95294731
      Bill
      Participant

      The OT is foundational to our understanding of the NT. It provides the prophecy that the NT answers.

    • #95293974
      Nicole
      Participant

      The New Testament cannot be interpreted correctly apart from the Old Testament. When the New Testament authors wrote about Jesus teaching and explaining the Scriptures, and as they wrote about sharing “the Word” with others, it was the Old Testament Scriptures that were being taught, explained, and shared.

    • #95293939
      Megan
      Participant

      We would not understand our need for Jesus. We would not see how great Jesus was / is because He fulfilled the law and prophecies of the Old Testament.

    • #95293873
      Katie Harrell
      Participant

      The Old Testament shows us why we need Jesus and without that knowledge we might not appreciate what Jesus has done for us as much as we do with that understanding.

    • #95293444
      James
      Participant

      The Old Testament is as much a part of our faith’s foundation as the New Testament. It sets today’s believer up to better understand the scenes and conversations in the New Testament when Jesus or others in the NT make allusions and references to the historical figures, events, or scriptures of the past. To not study the OT is to miss out on foundational pieces that build a fuller understanding of Jesus, of God’s plan from the beginning, and of the Spirit’s work throughout, and when we ignore the stories of the past, we miss an opportunity to better understand ourselves as human beings.

    • #95293189
      Robert
      Participant

      The OT shows us God’s character and how he relates to man. The events of the OT, God’s covenants and rituals are still seems in the NT. Some are changed by the arrival of Jesus and his fulfillment of the Law.

    • #95293185
      Patrick
      Participant

      The two go hand in hand. The history of the OT only helps hammer home the need for Jesus.

    • #95293120
      Linda
      Participant

      The Old Testament teaches us God’s attributes, His mighty deeds, and how He personally interacted with the Bible characters. Reading the creation of man helps us to feel a bond with God, as our personal Creator. Reading the words which He spoke helps to feel closer to Him and to begin to experience God in a more personal way. The O.T. takes us back to the beginning, when sin first entered the human race. It helps us to see how serious and damaging sin is in our lives, leaving us helpless without the Lord Jesus as our Savior. All of these things help to build a foundation, helping us to understand the New Testament more clearly, and to then build on our faith. So, our knowledge of who God is, and our ability to have faith in Him, would have less depth, without the Old Testament.

    • #95293097
      Brian
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      It is the foundation for the new testament.

    • #95293079
      Adam
      Participant

      The entirety of the Old Testament sets the stage for the coming of Jesus Christ. It is the foundation for the whole Bible.

    • #95292658
      Margaux
      Participant

      The Old Testamnet is a foundation to the entire biblical history. It is one big story of history, woven together.

    • #95292649
      Terry
      Participant

      Without the old testament you have no foundation for the new

    • #95292272
      Brooke
      Participant

      Because the Old Testament is the foundation for the whole Bible!

    • #95292005
      William
      Participant

      The lack of knowledge of the Old Testament will provide no foundation for understanding the New Testament knowledge of Jesus and why God gave us his son. We would not understand that Jesus, the son of God, was always present. We would not know the truth of God’s plan for redemption and reconciliation with the Old Testament background. We also see ourselves in the Old Testatment. The Old Testament is looking forward to the New Testament.

    • #95291954
      Jon
      Participant

      The Old Testament is like a House and Jesus is the key. The OT reveals the foundation of truth of God’s plan and character. We can see Jesus in the OT too! The New Covenant and Testament often points back so we can understand.

    • #95291914
      Billy
      Participant

      Because Jesus is revealed through the Prophets and events in the OT. His coming is foretold with acute accuracy.

    • #95291911
      Joshua
      Participant

      A lack of knowledge of the Old Testament would lead us to read and interpret the New Testament through our own lenses and distortions, rather than through the proper context in which it was to be interpreted through!

    • #95291248
      Lisa
      Participant

      Because without the knowledge of the Old Testament we can not fully understand the New Testament. The Old Testament really lays the foundation.

    • #95291196
      Shemuwel
      Participant

      because the old testament gives us the introduction to Christ in his redemptive history and it is necessary to listen to the work that God has done throughout history on Israel and like this have a better understanding of God’s work.

    • #95291101
      Justin
      Participant

      We wouldnt grasp the foundation of the new testament.

    • #95290053
      John
      Participant

      When building a house you need a good foundation. Same for biblical studies, a good foundation is the way to go and the Old Testament is that foundation.

    • #95289848
      Willie
      Participant

      Without the Old Testament, the story of GOD and man is incomplete. People need to understand that you learn so much about God forgiveness more in the Old Testament than even in the New. I believe this is because of how often God had come to the rescue of individuals and collective groups of people. He judged, punished, and he forgave so much. People can learn a lot about his character in the Old Testament as well.

    • #95289301
      Susan
      Participant

      The Old Testament is the foundation of humanity and the description of the character of God. It holds the expectations and promises that the New Testament will unfold, reveal and complete. The Old Testament contains the characters and events that define our need for a Savior.

    • #95289194
      Cassi
      Participant

      We have to understand the root or history of the earth to understand the process and the present.

    • #95288350
      Lesa
      Participant

      To know the present is to understand the past. The old testament not only gave us an understanding of how and why the world was formed and how and why ‘man’ was made, but it also gave us an understanding of who God is. It revealed to us the commandments to live by the wisdom and knowledge to live our lives daily it also gave many prophecies of which we were able to see happen because it was documented etc.

    • #95288341
      Rhonda
      Participant

      The Old Testament introduces Christ and why he was sent to us.

    • #95287038
      Myrna
      Participant

      Because we will not fully grasp the wonderful plan of redemption. And that it was all God who orchestrated everything since creation.

    • #95286642
      NIBU
      Participant

      Because New Testament opens God, it makes us known that there is a God who created heaven and earth.

    • #95285766
      Stephanie
      Participant

      You won’t have a good understanding of what is coming in the New Testament. You need to lay the foundation in order to build a sound structure.

    • #95285717
      Nathan
      Participant

      The New Testament refers to the Old Testament all the time. I would argue it is impossible to understand the New without the Old.

    • #95285383
      Pam
      Participant

      If we do not understand the old testament then we will not know what they are referring to in the new testament, and get very lost .

    • #95285213
      Crystal
      Participant

      We wouldn’t have a full picture of how the events of the Bible come together, so then we would not learn all that God has for us.

    • #95285212
      Crystal
      Participant

      If we do not have an understanding if God, His word or the prophecy of Jesus Christ, we cannot fully understand or know God.

    • #95284866
      John valen
      Participant

      Different characters and events in the Old Testament are mentioned in the New Testament. So without sufficient knowledge of the Old Testament, it could pose some challenges in understanding the New Testament.

    • #95284714
      Cassi
      Participant

      There is a history of everything and the beginning to everything. And GOD says I am the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end, so it would be difficult to understand the end without understanding the beginning

    • #95284660
      Nancy
      Participant

      It is difficult to understand who, where and what we are without knowing who, what, and where we came from

    • #95283571
      Josue
      Participant

      The old testament is where we find the base or platform of history and most importantly the knowledge of who God is and his character. Also how he relates to us, and love the for humanity through Jesus Christian his son and redeemer.

    • #95282625
      Pam
      Participant

      It would weaken our understanding because without it we wouldnt be able to see as much of the beauty and power god has and the reason we our how we our today

    • #95282191
      Paul
      Participant

      The old is the foundation of the entire bible.

    • #95282190
      Paul
      Participant

      The Old Testament prophesies about what is to come and be fulfilled. You only have half the story without the old Test.

    • #95282122
      Avedis
      Participant

      Because the OT is the foundation, without the foundation we cannot understand fully the NT.

    • #95281789
      Margaret Murray
      Participant

      We wouldn’t know who God is. And it is the opening for the New Testament

    • #95281685
      Cody
      Participant

      The Old Testament leads up to the purpose and reasoning for the New Testament and reasoning for the birth of Jesus Christ.

    • #95281298
      Bentí
      Participant

      A lack of knowledge of the Old Testament would leave us as Christians with a far murkier picture of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as the Old Testament reveals him through much (if not all) of its passages through means of history, poetry and prophecy. Likewise, according to the lecture the Old Testament provides the foundation on which the New Testament is the superstructure – without the foundation of the Old the significance and truth of the New is not as apparent. And lastly, from my personal experience and spiritual upbringing in the church, the Old Testament is always relevant as a way of understanding where we come from, it sets the basis of how we as God’s people should live in contrast to the rest of the world and it reveals our need for a savior to help us live in that way that is holy and acceptable to God.

    • #95280432
      Kochi
      Participant

      Because the New Testament is written on the premise of the Old Testament, and the Old Testament is written on the premise that the New Testament will be written after it.

    • #95279433
      Kelly
      Participant

      We wouldn’t be able to get a glimpse into why the need a Messiah. It gives us a look at how sin messed up things for mankind and the need for Christ’s blood to be an atonement for our sin and to reconcile us to the trinity. It is also needed so that we can understand how important it is to build our faith in God through the knowledge of His Word. The Old Testament explains History, poetry, and prophecy that we can build a firm foundation and add to it by then going on to the New Testament.

    • #95279170
      William
      Participant

      The Old testament opens the door for us to understand who Christ truly is. Also by reading and understanding the Old Testament it allows us to know who God really is and his character and why he sent Christ to die for us. It gives the foundation for the laws that Christ himself came to fulfill

    • #95279035
      Sherri
      Participant

      A lack of knowledge would weaken our understanding of the New Testament because we don’t know the back story of the Old Testament. In the New Testament, there are frequent references made from the Old Testament, that without reading it, it wouldn’t make since to us.

    • #95279002
      Silvester
      Participant

      Well we would’nt completly understand or appreciate its teaching. Also to keep us inform of the Basic Truths, the coming of Jesus the purpose and our factual ,personal and practical knowlege of God.

    • #95278986
      Roy
      Participant

      Whatever happens in the New Testament is a fruition of what remotely occurs in the Old Testament. Therefore a solid understanding of the New Testament is dependent on a good knowledge of the Old Testament.

    • #95278901
      Monika
      Participant

      LAck of knowledge of the Old Testament would weaken our understanding of the new Testament as we would not know the foundations of everything. We would not know God’s story, our Story and story of everything that is created. Without Old Testament we cannot understand a New Testament.

    • #95278836
      Herbert
      Participant

      It’s just like a building. Why would you build the top half of the structure before making sure you have a stable foundation on bottom. You have to understand how it all began and why we need Jesus and the importance of living a christian lifestyle and obeying God.

    • #95278783
      Cassandra
      Participant

      We can’t understand the full story of why Jesus was born unto this earth and why his death is so important to us all then and today.

    • #95278728
      Connie
      Participant

      We wouldn’t understand as well why Jesus came i.e. why He needed to come, or that God’s love is the motivator behind Jesus’ coming.

    • #95278140
      Carletta
      Participant

      The Old Testament is a foundation for knowing God in historical facts and through the personal encounters experienced by its characters. Without knowing the history of God and His interactions with humans, our own history and ability to “fill in the blanks” our way leaves us with a skewed view that holds God at bay and limits our own story from being established.

    • #95278124
      Mariah
      Participant

      The Old Testament is the foundation for the New Testament and if we don’t understand the Old Testament I think there will be a lot of misunderstanding and wonder about why things happened or what is going on in the New Testament.

    • #95277144
      Chad
      Participant

      it tells us about God.
      it answers questions about how life began.
      it tells how evil came into our world.
      it prophesies of the Messiah-Redeemer.
      it inspires us to holy living.
      it fills our hearts with gratitude and praise.

      The O;d Testament has a lot of key people, places, and events that are important to know.
      Some of the books in the old testament have been hard for me to understand. I’m learning now
      to ask questions, and do research for things I don’t understand. The old testament leads us to the greatest thing.
      Gods gift of the Savior! Jesus!

    • #95277125
      Gemma
      Participant

      Hi Porsha
      I agree with you, the Old Testament explains why Jesus came to Earth as our saviour.
      Gemma

    • #95277124
      Gemma
      Participant

      The Bible is like a book series; there are two parts. If one doesn’t know what happed before Jesus came, the importance and signifiance of the resurrection, will not make sense.

    • #125635
      Lisa
      Participant

      Why would the lack of knowledge of the Old Testament Weaken my understanding of the New Testament? I will answer with an I instead of we.
      I would not know what happened “In The Beginning.” The Old Testament introduces me to my God. The Old Testament tells stories about who he is, the books point to the coming messiah. I was prepared and wanting to know how God was going to reconcile me to Himself. Stories of imperfect people, just like me, who He uses to do His work. Proverbs is the book of wisdom that points to Gods ways and not our ways. The Old Testament makes it clear that I need a savior.
      Without the Old Testament there would be no fulfillment of the prophesies, prophesies that I see fulfilled over and over again in the New Testament. Without the Old Testament why would I even need a New Testament?
      The Old Testament is the Word Of God and the Word was flesh… Christ the Son of God.

    • #125634
      Trevor
      Participant

      In some parts of the New Testament, you cannot understand it correctly without the information found in the Old Testament. Example would be the book of Hebrews, it is filled with references to the Old Testament. If you do not have knowledge of the Old Testament much of Hebrews would make no sense. So the large number of references to the Old Testament and dealing with topics that require a knowledge of the Old Testament, without that knowledge the New Testament cannot be properly understood

    • #125250
      Porsha
      Participant

      I feel like throughout the OT you get to learn of God and Christ and the redemptive plan that was always at work for us. So when you get to the NT you understand the need for our Savior. You understand the need for the gap to be bridged to bring us back into tight relation with God through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

    • #125192
      Jeremy
      Participant

      It tells of the character of God and sets the foundation of our faith. It helps us know God.

    • #124868
      Kelly
      Participant

      We would fail to understand the context of the New Testament, as it is built on the culture, government, and other factors of the Old Testament. History that is unknown also tends to repeat itself.

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