Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. -Psalm 119:18 (NIV)
All too often Christians tend to look at the Old testament as a separate book containing archaic laws that are hard to understand and impossible to follow. Moreover they assume that, since they are “under grace,” they are not subject to the same code of conduct as those of ancient Israel were. Of course, any serious Bible student will tell you that the Bible, while a collection of 66 ‘books,’ is really only 1 book containing the information God wants us to have and hold within our heart.
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. – 1 Corinthians 1:18 (NIV)
While those of us who are saved may not consider any Scripture to be foolish, we may not give it the sort of attention it deserves — if we don’t understand it or think it somehow doesn’t pertain to us. The best way to know whether something in God’s Word is relevant to us is to ask Him. It is good to open any study or simple reading of Scripture with prayer.
We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people. – 1 Corinthians 2:13 (HCSB)