If we are honest the Old Testament scares us. There are images and stories that make us scratch our head. It prompts us at times to ask questions like “How could God ask Abraham to kill his only son?” The Old Testament makes up over half of our Bible. Therefore it is important that we understand what it is about. Like all of scripture the Old Testament is about Jesus.
David Murray has written a most helpful book, Jesus on Every Page. He argues that the Old Testament is about Jesus and gives ten helpful ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament. I do not want to review the whole book but I would like to do short posts on the ten tips he gives.
The first tip is Christ’s Planet.
How is the creation account in Genesis 1-2 about Jesus? Paul says that all things were made by Him and through Him. Who is the Him of this statement? He is referring to Jesus. Jesus made all things. Murray asks a pointed question. How is creation about Jesus if there was no need of a Savior? He begins with the agreement of redemption.
The arrangement of redemption is where the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit agreed before the world was created, before Adam and Eve sinned, to redeem mankind. Before the world was made it was agreed that redemption would take place. Scripture teaches us that Jesus is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world. The world “was created with a view of redeeming it.” Therefore when the world is created in Genesis 1-2 the whole plan of redemption had already been written.
Therefore Jesus also was active in creation the arena of redemption. “When Jesus designed His world, He set the stage perfectly for the unfolding drama of redemption. He designed the props, the background, the lighting, the set, the actors, and so forth. He made sure that everything was suited to the redemption He planned to perform”
There is a logical order to the creation. Murray argues that if we want to know what salvation is like we should look back to creation.
- Creation and salvation start with the life-giving Spirit.
- Created life and salvation begin with light.
- Created light and salvation separate from the darkness.
- Creation and salvation produce fruit.
- Creation and salvation move toward the climax of humanity in God’s image.
- Creation and salvation end with control and dominion.
Creation teaches us that Jesus is good. He is a redeemer. Murray says everything about the creation says, Jesus is seriously good.”
In our next post we will look at the second tip, Christ’s People.