The prophets knew these things: Jesus would come; Jesus would suffer; Jesus would be glorified; in that order; and that this message was not only for their own day, but also for a future generation. (22) In his book, Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament, David Murray helps the reader understand that the Old Testament in not outdated or just a book of children’s stories. Rather, the Old Testament is the first place we encounter Jesus, on every page.
The book (207 pages plus study guide questions) comprises two parts. Part one (titled “My Road to Emmaus”) describes the author’s personal journey in discovering Jesus on every page of the Old Testament. Part two (titled “Spiritual Heartburn”) comprises the “10 simple ways” the author suggests one can seek and find Christ in the Old Testament.
“My Road to Emmaus” refers to the scene at the end of Luke’s gospel where Jesus, sort of incognito, comes alongside several disciples and shares with them, from the Old Testament, his explanation of the recent life, death and resurrection of … well, himself. The author asks the question, “What is the Old Testament all about?” The author does a masterful job of articulating an answer by looking to Jesus (in the Gospels), Peter, Paul and John. He demonstrates how each answers this question, “The Old Testament is about the Christ, who is Jesus.”
Of particular interest to me is his discussion regarding the tension we see in Paul’s answer. Often, one can read Paul and walk away confused, asking, “Is the law bad or isn’t it?” I appreciated the way the author handled this particular issue. In sum, the law is bad (in Paul’s mind) when the legalistic aspects were the focus. The law was never meant to point to anything other than Christ – grace first and grace after. When the law was being approached as God intended then it was Christ who Israel was approaching.
“Spiritual Heartburn” refers to the disciples’ remark at the end of the Emmaus road experience. Jesus, hereto unrecognized, is revealed to them in the breaking of bread. After his sudden disappearance the disciples ask, “Did not our hearts burn within us while we were with him on the road?” The author’s discoveries of what the Old Testament is all about left his heart burning for more. The “10 simple ways” really aren’t ways at all. Rather, there seems to be one primary way (typology) and 10 areas. Those areas include: creation, characters of the Old Testament (like Boaz), Old Testament Chritsophanies (two chapters on this), the Law, historical books, the prophets, covenants, proverbs and poems.
While much of the author’s interpretation of the ways we can find Christ are clearly Calvinistic, they hold value for believers of all theological persuasions. The greatest value of the book is that it increases one’s knowledge of the relationship between the Old Testament and Christ. This increased knowledge leads to an increased understanding of the role of the Old Testament within the life of Jesus. This increased understanding will no doubt lead to a greater appreciation for the Old Testament. Greater appreciation will lead to greater love for God’s word.
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