I was recently talking with a mother who is daily reading to her children from More Than a Story—Old Testament. She commented on how much her children were enjoying the resource, but even more so how much it is feeding her own soul. For one thing, the Old Testament reminds us that there is “nothing new under the sun” in terms of experiencing life in a fallen world.
Man is still desperately trying to find meaning and happiness apart from the one true living God—all futility. Man is still making various kinds of golden calves to worship and praise instead of the one true living God—with the same disastrous results. Yet, through the pages of the Old Testament, we are reminded again and again of the incomparable majesty of God and His unending faithfulness, mercy, and goodness toward His chosen people. We see what it is like for God’s people to live as exiles in a hostile world. And we know that everything in those pages is leading to a “grand finale” in the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
I found this short article, “10 Reasons the Old Testament Is Important for Christians” by Jason S. DeRouchie to be extremely helpful. Here are his reasons in a nut-shell,
So read and study the Old Testament with your children. Dig deep and marvel at what you find. Yes, it’s not always easy or pleasant (lots of sin and wickedness to encounter) but it is essential for understanding the depth and riches of the gospel. Truly the Old Testament is more than a story!