Many people have gone before us and prepared translations of the Bible, both the Old and New Testament. Since they have already done all that work we feel it is important when we are making audio recordings of Scripture in tribal languages to record both the Old and New Testament.
- The entire Bible is about Jesus Christ. When we offer tribal peoples only the New Testament we have certainly made an excellent beginning, but that is not the end of the work. In order to see the entire Gospel message, we must present the books of the law, prophets, history, poetry and wisdom literature. Imagine trying to understand the concept of Jesus sacrificing himself for our sins if we had never read about the blood of the Passover lamb when the children of Israel escaped from Egypt.
- All of history and the universe is God centered. Too often when only reading the New Testament, we get bogged down in the question, “What’s in it for me?” But the Bible shows a God who is bigger than just my little postage stamp of the world. Even when we read God’s story throughout the entire Bible, we are only gaining a glimpse of who He is. The Apostle Paul wrote in I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” Why limit the tribal peoples we minister to with only a part what God has revealed about Himself?
- Faith comes through the Word of God. When we hear from God from Genesis to Revelation we grow in faith. We see how God answered the prayers of the patriarchs and we learn to pray the Word for ourselves. When we align ourselves with the entirety of scripture we are less likely to be deceived by false doctrines, we are better able to share our faith with others and we become more like Christ. As God unfolds His plan for salvation throughout scripture we stand in awe of His mighty power and goodness and fall down to worship the only God our Father.
If you can think of more reasons that what are briefly listed here, we would love to hear them. Please feel free to comment on this page and offer your ideas. After all, we are in this together.