by Roger Thomas

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OT Finale: Now Is Better (6 of 6)
Series: The Old Testament for New Testament Christians
Roger Thomas
Jeremiah 31:31-37

Introduction: Tonight is our finale to the Old Testament. For two years and forty-five sermons we have worked our way from Genesis to Malachi. On January 11, we begin the New Testament. My finale is part review and part preview. I want to compare and contrast the Old and the New. I want to appreciate the Old and anticipate the New. I want us to believe and love both.

Let's divide the study into three parts. First, we will compare the two in a very simple fashion. Having set them side by side, we will then note the similarities between the Old Testaments and the New Testaments. Finally, we will observe the contrasts. Only to the degree that we recognize both the similarities and the differences will we be able to appreciate the fullness of God's revelation in the Bible.

Before we begin our Old Testament finale, let listen to a passage of scripture that also lays Old and New side by side: Jeremiah 31:31-37.

The Comparison of the Old and New Testaments. First, the obvious. The Old and New Testaments are two parts of the same library. The Bible contains sixty-six books, thirty-nine in the Old, twenty-seven in the New. The Old Testament comprises seventy-eight percent of the whole in terms of length. In terms of sections, the Old Testament's sixty-six books contain nine hundred twenty-nine chapters. The New Testament's twenty-seven books contain two hundred sixty chapters.

The English Old Testament library typically divides into four main compartments: five books of law (actually the historical beginnings of God's dealings with man), twelve books of the history of Israel, five books of poetry; and seventeen books of prophecy (five major and twelve minor.) Defined theologically, the first five Old Testament books reveal the character of God. The historical books describe the acts of God. The five books of po ...

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