At the present time, much as in Ezra's day, people seem to have little regard for the Word of God. Atheists and agnostics scoff at the Bible while many so-called religious scholars attempt to undermine it by "proving" that it is really just man's book about God and nothing more. Even Christians misuse and abuse the Bible by twisting it to mean what they want it to mean. But probably the most common abuse, in my opinion, is sheer neglect. Even God's people have a tendency to ignore it and act as if the Bible doesn't have any bearing on their lives. And what about Christians who are thoroughly familiar with the New Testament but have never cracked the pages of the Old Testament or who don't even know where to find the books of Ezra and Chronicles? It seems to me that most Christians today spend all of their study time in the last third of the Bible. The only portions of the Old Testament many Christians read are the books of Psalms and Proverbs. But the Bible that Jesus read was the Old Testament. In Ezra's day, the Law was in danger of being forgotten. But I'm not sure it's very different today. All of us need to spend more time in the Old Testament. But don't worry - even though you may find yourself in unfamiliar territory, you'll still find Jesus there. And who knows - you may get as much out of the Old Testament as you now get out of the New!
Character strengths we should copy:
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