Old Testament Sinners and Saints: Discover What These 100 Intriguing Bible Characters Can Teach Us Today (ebook)

Old Testament Sinners and Saints: Discover What These 100 Intriguing Bible Characters Can Teach Us Today (ebook)

Strengthen your faith as you discover how people in the Old Testament live their lives and react to God.

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How are the Old Testament characters applicable to your life today? 

Find out in this devotional Bible study on 100 compelling Biblical men and women from the Old Testament.

The Old Testament is filled with inspiring stories, influential heroes, and impressive triumphs. But its also woven with the stories of broken people who make mistakes and suffer disappointments. Through an array of colorful and awe-inspiring stories, we can learn much about ourselves and our powerful God in this devotional Bible study on 100 Biblical men and women.

Filled with familiar and eclectic names of sinners and saints, youll uncover how their stories from thousands of years ago apply to our personal struggles today. Pour through 100 characters who compel you to live differently and help you see your life and faith from an entirely new perspective.

In Old Testament Sinners and Saints, you will:

  • Uncover how the Old Testament can transform your life
  • Learn from the mistakes and triumphs of these characters
  • Gain a fresh perspective on familiar Biblical stories
  • Discover how to deepen your faith
  • Embrace the timeless message of hope found in the Old Testament

Join Peter DeHaan, Bible teacher and author, in this study on 100 Old Testament men and women whose stories offer us hope, assurance, and abundant lessons on who God is and his limitless power over history.

This devotional for women and men is ideal for individuals, small groups, and Bible studies. Each days study includes a short reading, a thought-provoking question and additional Bible readings to go deeper with the lesson.

If youve ever wondered if the Old Testament stories apply to your life, then start with the Old Testament Sinners and Saints and discover what 100 intriguing Bible men and women can teach you today. 

The succinct readings give a brief but impactful overview of the Old Testament characters while showing you how to trust in Gods plan even when you dont know what the future holds. These lessons will not only take you on a journey through the Old Testament with Bible heroes like Abraham, Moses, Ruth and David, but will also strengthen your faith.

Get Old Testament Sinners and Saints and see how these rich, amazing stories can transform your life today and draw you closer to Jesus.

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Celebrating the Old Testament

Some Christians dismiss the Old Testament. They argue that since Jesus came to fulfill the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 5:17), what it says doesn’t matter to them or their faith practices today. Other Christians embrace the Old Testament, putting it on an equal footing with the New Testament. They reason that all Scripture—both the Old and New Testaments—has merit (2 Timothy 3:16).

We should instead embrace the Old Testament for what it is and let it inform our understanding of the New Testament and the faith practices it reveals. We can most appreciate God’s New Testament of Scripture from the foundation the Old Testament provides.

From this perspective, we can celebrate the Old Testament. It has two main purposes. The first is to reveal God to us. The second is to anticipate the coming Savior, Jesus.

In the Old Testament law—given to us through Moses—a mind-numbing list of things to do and not do confronts us. This is to make us right with Father God. But it’s an impossible undertaking to achieve. Everyone falls short, whether by a little or a lot, it matters not. We all miss the mark of the Old Testament’s prescription (James 2:10).

Yet the Old Testament also gives us hope of the coming Savior who will offer a better way for us to approach God. It’s a way everyone can realize—if they want to. It’s believing in Jesus and following him as his disciple. This is so much better than a bunch of impossible-to-keep rules.
In this way, we can best read and understand the Old Testament as it anticipates and points us toward Jesus, the Messiah.

From this perspective we’ll explore one hundred characters of the Old Testament. These people appear in approximate chronological order, given that many of their stories overlap and others are hard to place on the biblical timeline. To provide perspective, we’ll anchor our exploration of these people around five notable biblical characters: Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and Daniel.

Some of these one hundred Old Testament characters provide examples to follow. We’ll call these people saints, even though they’re less than perfect. The Old Testament also includes a colorful list of screwups (sinners), the people who fall short and make a mess of things. We can see them as examples to avoid.

Several of these people share names with other biblical characters. For example, did you know there are two people named Noah in the Bible? Whenever we encounter a duplicate name, we’ll add a number at the end to help us keep things straight. You can learn more about this in “Bonus Content: Duplicate Names” in the back of the book.

As we consider these individuals on a continuum from mostly good to mostly bad, remember that all of them miss the mark of meeting God’s Old Testament expectations. This points us to God’s better way through Jesus as revealed in the New Testament.

May these Old Testament sinners and saints inform us to embrace Jesus, either to become his disciple or to live as one.

How do you view the Old Testament? Who are some of your favorite Old Testament characters? Why?

[Discover more in Acts 17:11.]

Meet Author Peter DeHaan

Peter DeHaan, PhD, often makes religious people squirm, but spiritual seekers cheer. He’s not trying to be provocative, but he seeks truth, even if it makes some people uncomfortable. He yearns for Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.

Peter earned his doctorate, awarded with high distinction, from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary. He lives with his wife in beautiful Southwest Michigan and wrangles crossword puzzles in his spare time.

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