Quotes About Jesus in the Old Testament – Pt 4 of Many

In the review of Jesus on Every Page, I wrote that this book is not only good for learning about what the title says, but learning to interpret the Old Testament, and as the beginning of this quote shows, how to interpret the Bible in general.

The Old Testament was originally written for “the church in the wilderness.” (Acts 7:38 KJV) That’s why instead of jumping immediately to ask, what does this mean for me? we must pause and ask, what was the original message to the original readers of this Old Testament passage?

But how do we know what the original message was? We ask the main question that the Israelites asked when they read the Old Testament narratives. And what was that? The Old Testament was not primarily a history of Israel, but a revelation of God—it revealed Him to Israel through their history. The first question the Israelites asked when they read the Old Testament was, what is God like?

In fact, we can be more specific. When Mr. and Mrs. Israelite read the Old Testament, they were asking, what is the coming Savior like? Jesus Himself said that if the people of Israel of His own day had properly searched the Old Testament Scriptures, they would have found Him, for they “testify of Me.” (John 5:39)

–David Murray, Jesus On Every Page (Advance Copy)

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