The last word in the Old Testament of the Bible is “curse”. The last sentence of the New Testament has the word “grace”. This is interesting and important, because some people stay right with those words and say the God of the Old Testament is a God of hate and evil, while the God of the New Testament is a God of love and compassion. They say the Bible contradicts itself.
These people, if they were to look deeper than the outside of either testaments would soon realize what they said is ridiculous.
In the Old Testament, it tells the account of the “curse” upon mankind because of what man did. Their sin brought upon them a curse and the Old Testament gives us the account of hundreds of people who sinned, how God took care of them and gave them a promise of the future Messiah.
The New Testament, on the other hand, focuses on what God did to take away that curse from man. It talks about God’s mercy, justice and grace. It recounts the facts about Christ, who saved us from the curse and destroyed the cause of the curse: sin.
Many people see the two testaments as different, but they are all telling the same account, just in sequel style. If we read the first book of a two-part series and see there is a lot of evil in it, and the second book dispels of that evil, does that mean the books contradict each other?
I found the following verses very interesting when thinking about these testaments.
What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Although this section probably isn’t directly talking about the Old and New Testaments, it can still draw a parallel.
What if God wrote the Old Testament to show the wrath of Himself, the evil of sin, the sting of death, just so He could make known the riches of His glory in the New Testament. From wrath, evil and the sting of death into grace, mercy, justice and forgiveness.
What if God thought smarter than we are? I know that may come as a shock to some people, but God’s lowest, teeniest, tiniest bit of knowledge is compared to man’s top wisdom! Don’t limit God, for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God!