Romans 15:4 (KJV)
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
I like to remember this verse, and one like it in 1 Corinthians 10, as keys to properly applying the Old Testament. Through them we learn what the purpose of preserving the Old Testament history is. They were written for our learning, but not just our intellectual advancement, they were written and preserved by God for our spiritual benefit.
See in this verse a Biblical formula,
Patience +the Scriptures = Hope
Enduring difficulties over a long course of time. That’s life on planet earth. We are here for our average seventy years. It’s not all difficult, but it almost always has its challenges.
I notice the word comfort. We endure our difficulties by finding comfort in the Scriptures. There are lessons to be learned from the accounts of those who have gone before us, especially those God preserved in the Scriptures. Those lessons give us direction in making decisions through our own difficulties. We see similarities between them and our circumstances and we learn from them and find solace, guidance, help, and comfort in them.
As we patiently apply those lessons to our circumstances, we gain confidence, hope in the work of God in our own case.
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Romans 15:4 Patience +the Scriptures = Hope
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