After 1 3/4 years, I finally finished reading the entire Old Testament this morning! The Old Testament is challenging, not just because of the language and the customs, but the chronology. I get so confused when the story hops time periods , and then the Israelites split into two groups. But reading the whole thing through helped me to start recognizing the jumps because the names became more familiar.
Once I got past the language and the chronology, I could see the numerous symbolism to Jesus Christ and his constant and unwavering love for us. I’ve always known that studying the scriptures is a process, that’s why we read them over and over again. It has been especially clear to me as I read the Old Testament. Once I gained a little understanding, my knowledge base grew, then my knowledge grew – and the cycle continues.
I am grateful for the scriptures. I know they bring us knowledge and understanding. I also know that those gifts don’t come without a price, you actually have to read them.