Indeed, one must study a history in order to appreciate the past; he must know that history in order to understand the present; and he must learn from that history in order to prepare for the future.
In the preceding statement lies the rationale for why we should study the Old Testament, which to Christians is the first part of the Bible from Genesis to Malachi, but for Jewish people is the complete Hebrew Bible. Jewish people believe that the Hebrew Bible contained the " whole revelation of God " and therefore they excluded the New Testament. They called the Hebrew Bible the Tannakh, which was comprised of the Torah ( Laws of Moses ), the Nebi'im ( the Prophets ), and the Ketubim ( the Writings ). These three parts , which were and still are studied by Jewish people, greatly influenced the Jewish culture. Jewish people refer to these sources to study their history, to govern their relationship with God, to regulate their worship practices, and to guide them in conducting their everyday lives.
Also, Jesus used the Old Testament in His teachings. He considered it to be the authoritative Word of God, a historical reference ( witness ) to all that God had done, and a preparation for what was yet to be done by God- what was to come. Jesus pointed out to His followers that all which was written about Him in the Old Testament ( the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms ) had to be fulfilled. He used the Hebrew Bible, which Christians later referred to as the Old Testament, as His Bible and as a reference for teaching His followers and for training the twelve disciples. He quoted from it to resolve arguments and disputes, when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness, and during His suffering on the cross. He used it as a reference and as a guide book from God. It was an aide to Him for His teaching as well as for His own personal life.
The Old Testament also helps the believer to better understand the New Testament. It serves as a point of reference that gives him greater knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of all that has transpired historically,of man's struggles and relationship with God, of the warnings and encouragements from the Prophets, and of the words of wisdom and faith that are found in the Psalms and the Proverbs.
A thorough study of the Old Testament will not only serve as a prerequisite for a better understanding and a greater appreciation for the New Testament, but also for the Bible in its entirety. Also, hopefully this study will be beneficial to the spiritual growth and maturity of the believer as he strives to know, to understand, and to appreciate God's Word
We should study it to get understanding. It tells of how things took place back then and how Jesus used many things in teaching others. We should want to know things of the past, therefore we can also be teachers to help educate our future. We should be grateful for all God has done. It also prepares us for our future. When we get to the New we have some knowledge of how it came to past.
And He Shall Direct Your Paths.
If We Trust In The Lord
Not To Trust Our Own Understanding. Those Two Things Are Mutually Exclusive. In Other Words
Proverbs 3:5-6 Is A Familiar Passage To Many:
To Trust The Lord And
We Cannot Also Depend Upon Our Own Ability To Understand Everything God Is Doing