Chris Bolinger: 3 Things You May Not Know About the Old Testament

Roughly three-fourths of the Bible is found in the Old Testament:

Most Christians, however, spend the bulk of their Bible-reading time in the New Testament. If you’re one of them, then you may not be intimately familiar with what was, in the time of Jesus, the entire Bible.

Here are three things that you may not know about the Old Testament.

1. It Is the Source of Many Expressions that We Still Use Today

While familiarity with the Old Testament is fading, we still use many expressions that come from the Bible’s oldest books. Here are some examples:

  • “forbidden fruit” (Genesis 2:17 and 3:3): The term “forbidden fruit” is not in the text but is inferred from the story.
  • “scapegoat” (Leviticus 16:9-10): It was a real goat, used as a sin offering.
  • “How the mighty have fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19): So said David when he learned that Saul and Jonathan were dead.
  • “nothing but skin and bones” and “by the skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20): Explaining why even his closest friends wanted nothing to do with him, Job said, “My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.”
  • “broken heart” or “brokenhearted” (Psalm 34:18)
  • “bite the dust” (Psalm 72:9): Most translations have God’s enemies licking, not biting, the dust, but the implication is the same.
  • “at their wits’ end” (Psalm 107:27): So were men who reeled and staggered like drunks.
  • “Pride goes before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18): “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”
  • “for everything there is a season” (Ecclesiastes 3:1): Much of this chapter became the lyrics to the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds.
  • “eat, drink, and be merry” (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
  • “There’s nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
  • “fly in the ointment” (Ecclesiastes 10:1): Just as dead flies cause the perfumer’s ointment to “give off a stench”, so “a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.”
  • “drop in a bucket” (Isaiah 40:15): Compared to God, the nations are a drop in (or from) a bucket, or like dust on the scales.
  • “See eye to eye” (Isaiah 52:8)
  • “Rise and shine” (Isaiah 60:1)
  • “Can the leopard change his spots?” (Jeremiah 13:23)
  • “The writing is on the wall.” (Daniel 5): The handwriting on the wall spelled doom for Belshazzar the Chaldean king.

2. Most of Its Heroes Are Flawed

Throughout the Old Testament, the followers of God performed amazing feats, such as these:

  • Abraham: By trusting in and being obedient to God, Abraham became a father at the age of 100, and his descendants became the nation of Israel (the new name given to his grandson Jacob by God).
  • Moses: Moses led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt and through the wilderness to the edge of the Promised Land.
  • Gideon: Led by Gideon, a band of only 300 men defeated a Midianite army of tens of thousands.
  • Samson: Deceived by Delilah and blinded, Samson killed 3,000 Philistines by collapsing a roof on them…and himself.
  • David: A shepherd boy named David killed a mighty, giant warrior named Goliath by slinging a stone into his forehead.

After reading or hearing these and other stories of Old Testament heroes, it’s easy to miss the fact that most of these heroes were flawed.

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Source: Christian Post