Saints: God's People in the Old Testament

Saints: God’s People in the Old Testament
May 8 - June 26, 2022

Jesus came to the world in the middle of God’s story. Though the world changed forever after his death and resurrection, he was continuing something God started long before. God was working among his people all through the Old Testament. Abraham believed God and he became the father of a great nation. Jacob wrestled with God and he renamed him Israel. His twelve sons became the twelve tribes of the people of God. Moses brought God’s people out of Egypt and instructed them in the law. Samuel judged God’s people and anointed Saul king. David was a man after God’s own heart and ruled during the golden age of the Kingdom of Israel. 

As the author of Hebrews said, “Time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:32-34). 

There are so many stories of faithful people following God in the Old Testament. But these are not just inspiring stories. They are witnesses to us. The author of Hebrews goes on; “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 12:1-2). 

They are witnesses that God keeps his promises to his people. Their faith propels us to run after Jesus. As we tell these stories, we remember what God has done in the past and we hope in what he’s doing right now. 

Each week through May and June, we’ll be telling these stories and taking the lessons of God’s faithfulness out into the world. Join us this Sunday, May 8 as we begin with Hannah, the mother of Samuel, to talk about prayer, perseverance, and pouring your heart out to the Lord.

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