You’ve heard the saying that it is traditional for brides to wear: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” This saying has become a wedding custom for securing “good luck” for a bride. You know I don’t believe in luck, but this saying does strike me as a good reminder of why God has provided us both the Old Testament and the New. According to, each phrase refers to a   good luck item:

• Something old represents continuity with the bride’s family and the past;

• Something new expresses optimism and hope for the bride’s new life ahead.

Those are good words for the value of having the two testaments. The Old Testament presents God’s promises and care for the “bride,” his chosen people, in the past, and the New Testament presents the fulfillment of those promises and the hope God gives us in Jesus Christ.

We cannot understand the New Testament without the Old Testament, nor can we fully appreciate the Old Testament without the New. Bible commentator William Hendriksen wrote, “Only when we see how all the Scriptures are centered in Christ, as the revelation of the Triune God, so that in the Old Testament everything points forward to Him, and in the New Testament everything proceeds from Him, will we be able to understand the Bible.”

The prophecies are a great example of this. Click here to view a chart of some of the most common ones.

As we complete our reading of the Old Testament and embark on the New, watch for all the ways the writers quote or allude to the Old Testament.


See you in Church, and keep reading The Story.