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Day 51 - Simplified Context of the Old and New Testaments

Updated: Jan 20

Finding Your Creative Bones® 365-Day Devotional © 2023

Testifying and reading scripture is easier if you understand a simplified context of the Old and New Testaments.

Because, if you say with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and have faith in your heart that God has made him come back from the dead, you will have salvation:
For with the heart man has faith to get righteousness, and with the mouth he says that Jesus is Lord to get salvation.
Because it is said in the holy Writings, Whoever has faith in him will not be shamed. And the Jew is not different from the Greek: for there is the same Lord of all, who is good to all who have hope in his name:
Because, Whoever will give worship to the name of the Lord will get salvation. But how will they give worship to him in whom they have no faith? and how will they have faith in him of whom they have not had news? and how will they have news without a preacher?
And how will there be preachers if they are not sent? As it is said, How beautiful are the feet of those who give the glad news of good things. (Romans 10.9-15 Bible in Basic English (BBE))

There is so much to understand from both the Old and New Testaments. It seems possible that placing a simplified context of the Old and New Testaments can ease the reader's understanding of scripture.


It is confusing law on one side and gracious forgiveness on the other. The two Testaments can seem in conflict with each other, but they are not. It is important to consider them in the order written. The Old Testament lays the groundwork for us to understand where we come from and the law of God. We can better understand our Jewish brothers and sisters through the Old Testament. In addition, there are so many prophetical references in the Old Testament. They add credibility and awe to believing in Jesus Christ.


The New Testament speaks to all who have come to proclaim faith in Jesus Christ as your savior. It also is law and guidance where Jesus clearly describes how you are to act and be in parable and through the apostle's writings. One fundamental teaching is that you and everyone must share Jesus, his love for us, and your love for him. It tells us that you are both the storyteller and a walking example of Christ.


What example are you setting for those who watch? Do your actions bring others to the Lord or turn them into doubters? You have that gift. Use it wisely.


Prayer:

Father, with wonder, I ask you to help me better understand the true meaning of the Old and New Testaments. I am in awe at the wisdom found within each. Please help me find answers to my confusion, and then allow me to use those answers to help others find you and understand you better. I want to utilize my gifts, my call to be a preacher, and an example of Christ you are proud of. Heal my weaknesses. I stand in awe of you and your glorious son, Jesus Christ. Amen

Arja de Lange-Huisman, CZT Original Tangle ARUNDEL Drawn on Purple QoR Watercolor Background with Black Micron by Texas Artist and Author Cindy Rae Fancher, CZT®

a tangle originated by Arja de Lange-Huisman

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Learn how to draw ARUNDEL. Tangler and CZT Arja de Lange-Huisman created the ARUNDEL tangle. Her website illustrates how to draw the basic tangle and a few variations.


Read the scripture in context. Bible in Basic English Online.

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