The Old Testament is just as much God’s Word as the New Testament, and God has much to teach us through its pages. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable” (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV). And one of the most important things God wants to teach us from the Old Testament is how not to live.
The Old Testament tells us about some of God’s greatest servants – Joseph, Moses, Jeremiah, and so forth – and God has much to teach us from their example. But the Old Testament also is filled with the accounts of men and women who failed God. They, too, are examples, warning us of what happens when we turn aside from following Christ.
Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.
1 Corinthians 10:6
Billy Graham – Wisdom For Each Day