It would take years to plumb the depth and the riches of God’s word in the old testament, we have just taken a sampling of the Torah, the five books of Moses which gave Jew and Gentile alike the law that is the foundation for all civil law in the Western World. It gave us knowledge of the fall of man and an understanding of why some of the nicest people commit some of the most heinous acts. The first five books gives us a clear understanding of how God cannot tolerate man’s sin, and though He loves His creation that He has to punish those who have sinned against Him. Just as any human father loves his child and gives him boundaries, he is also compelled to punish his child for overstepping the parameters that had been set. The first five books of the bible also makes it clear that from the beginning God knew that man would fall short and fail. However as any loving father would, He has laid plans for man’s redemption but first provided a set of rules to live by that man might try to measure up to and finally understand how impossible it is to follow them perfectly. Knowing God’s criteria is perfection is reason enough for us to cry out, “Save us Father.”
(Proverbs 1:7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(Proverbs 9:10) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
(Psalm 14:1) The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none that does good.
We will return to the Old Testament later to look at other scriptural events that are applicable today.