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The Old and New “Devotion” by Alvin Hall

Are you “old school” or “new school”?

Do you consider yourself “old fashion” or “modern”? Is it possible to be both? When I look at the scriptures and look at Jesus I see him as both. In Matthew 5:17, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”(Matt 5:17, ESV)

As Christians we think the Old Testament is “old fashion” and does not apply to us in this “modern” world, but it does because it is the foundation of where we are today. The Old Testament is filled with laws and rules which laid the foundation for grace and mercy through Jesus Christ. As I read through the Bible, I love to study Jesus because He married the Old Testament and the New Testament together so beautifully. He did not discard the old ways for new ways instead He used them as a foundation for modern times.

“Jesus does this when He teaches us about love”

“And he (Jesus) said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40, ESV)

In this scripture, Jesus wrapped all of the Law and the teachings of the Prophets into two commandments. This is amazing! Jesus based this from the Old Testament from a scripture in Leviticus, “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.”(Leviticus 19:18, ESV)

In today’s society, it seems like “new” is better but the Bible teaches us; that is not always the case. In fact the new and the old are not in competition. They are partners; the old and the new work together. Do not discredit someone or their ideas because it is old school or old fashion but use that as a foundation to see if the new school or modern idea can stand.


Originally posted 2013-09-23 10:55:21.

By |2018-06-09T12:41:06+00:00March 23rd, 2018|Devotions|1 Comment

About the Author:

A.W. Hall

Personal Mission Statement:

Create positive organizational change, which directly improves the lives of our internal and external customers.

Personal Values:

Service Principle

Testimony Scripture:

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.”- Matthew 23:11(NLT)

Favorite Quote:

“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.”- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


MBA in Finance from Lynn University

One Comment

  1. Ryan Aultman September 23, 2013 at 14:39 - Reply

    That is true, some people are old school, and a lot of Christians only won’t to here about the New Testament. You are so right though because both do go together. Most of us get our feelings steped on when we read the Old Testament so that is why a lot of us try to read around it . But it’s like you said they go together. We all just need to grow closer to Christ and learn about all of his word. Amen ! 🙂

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