‘And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.’
When we read the Bible, we’re not just reading a collection of stories, poetry, traditions, religious practices and facts, we are reading a book put together over Thousands of years by different authors from different backgrounds.
The writers of the Old and New Testament, were inspired by the Holy Spirit, or as Paul puts it in 2 Timothy 3:16 ‘All Scripture is God-breathed!’
But this scripture has a purpose, and its purpose is to focus us upon one person, Jesus Christ.
Throughout the whole of the Old Testament we see promises, prophecies and shadows of this Saviour that was to come into the world.
In Genesis 3, God promises a Saviour who will crush Satan’s head.
In Genesis 6, with the story of the flood, God pours out His wrath on a sinful world. When Jesus died on the cross at Calvary he took that wrath upon Himself, so that we can be counted free.
In Genesis 11, with the Tower of Babel, mankind was trying to reach the heavens, but would never achieve it, but later on God in Jesus stepped down from heaven into our world.
In Genesis 12, God promises that one through Abraham’s offspring will be a blessing to the other nations.
In Genesis 22, God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son, but then sends a ram (substitute) to be sacrificed in His place, and one day God would send His only Son to be a sacrifice for many.
Like Joseph left his home, was wanted dead by his brothers, was sold for pieces of silver, and was punished even though he had done nothing wrong, so was Jesus.
Like the Passover Lamb that was slaughtered, so that death would not visit the houses of the Israelites, so was Jesus.
Just as God created a way through the Red Sea for the Israelites, so God created a way from death to life by the cross.
Just as God told Samuel to go and find the new King David (a shepherd) in Bethlehem, so were others told a 1,000 years later to find the King of Kings and the Good Shepherd born in Bethlehem.
Just as David defeated Goliath, so Jesus has defeated the Devil, Sin and Death.
Just as Jonah was in the belly of a fish for three days, so was Jesus in the tomb for three days. The list goes on ...
So next time you are reading the Old Testament think about how the promise of Jesus is there, and as one book puts it
‘Every story whispers His name!’