I N T R O D U C T I O N
First, may I submit that I believe many Christians fail to understand the relevance of the Old Testament to the New Testament and Christianity. I have heard a number of Christians through the years admit they either don’t read the Old Testament or they didn’t think it was that important.
That is a careless and ignorant attitude. The Apostle Paul alluded to the importance of the O.T. with these words: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4
It has been said that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. There is much truth in that witty relationship of the two Bible testaments. The simple truth is one cannot have a true or sufficient understanding of the New Testament without having a good knowledge of the Old Testament. One’s faith can be greatly honed by knowledge of the Old Testament.
As our sermon title suggests our subject is the separation unto God by believers – by Christians. Separation is a subject which is not any more common in our churches. I recall hearing it often in churches in my earlier years. Today the spiritual act of separation, like sin and Christian conduct and church discipline, has lost favor with today’s Christianity.
It is the negligence of vital doctrines of Christian conduct that is sullying the image and influence of Christianity in the world. Do we not know that God’s intent for believers, whether Old Testament or New Testament, is that they separate themselves unto Him. Christians are responsible for separating themselves from the world and unto God. The truth is any spirit-filled Christian should feel a strong urge to be recognized as a Christian.
The Old Testament tells of many believers who were separated unto God such as Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, Daniel and many others. Who could accuse these great men of God of not being separated unto God as we Christians might be? According to Paul’s revelation in Romans 15:4 these men are our examples. We are to aspire to be like them in separation unto God.
In this sermon we are going to investigate a unique religious group that was dedicated and separated unto God. We will meet them tomorrow in Jeremiah Chapter 35. You may wish to read that very interesting story before then. Until then may GOD BLESS YOU.