However, the Bible can be an intimidating read. It can take hours and hours of reading and studying to make sense of even the simplest of truths. All the symbolism, figurative language, and historical/cultural references require the reader to ponder and seek the counsel of the Spirit for understanding and modern-day application.
Furthermore, it can be challenging to understand the connection between the OT and the NT. This task alone is reason why so many believers leave their Bibles on the shelf, they struggle to make sense of it as a whole.
I heard a sermon recently emphasizing this connection between the OT and the NT. The pastor reminded us that the whole Bible is a book about Jesus. Thus, the key to reading and understanding the Bible in the way God intends is to look for Jesus in every passage we read. For everything in the OT points to Christ.
Paul reminds us of this in 2 Corinthians 1:20 that "all the promises of God are "Yes" in Christ." So all the stories and promises of the OT are fulfilled in Christ the Messiah.
Jesus testified to this himself:
"You diligently study the Scriptures because you think by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me..." John 5:39
"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he [Jesus] explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Luke 24:27
Read the following list from the sermon about how everything in the OT points to Jesus:
Jesus is our temple. We find God in Jesus. Just as in the OT the Holy of Holies was in the temple, so today the Holy of Holies is found in Jesus. We don’t need a priest today because Jesus is our high priest, the mediator between us and God.
Jesus is our sacrifice. We don’t need to make sacrifices or offerings anymore. Jesus made the perfect and final sacrifice. He is the ram caught in the thicket as a substitute for Isaac.
Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s purpose for Israel. God called Israel to be His son, to fulfill a national destiny to be a light to this world. Israel was disobedient to this calling so God appointed His own Son to be the light to this world and to gather the nations to Himself.
Jesus is Noah’s ark. If we look to Him, he will save us from God’s judgment.
Jesus is the patriarch Joseph. Loved by his father, rejected by his brothers, sold to the Gentiles, unfairly punished, but appointed the King’s right hand man leading many to salvation
Jesus is the prophet Isaiah who preaches comfort to those who are in captivity.
Jesus is Jeremiah, weeping over the city of Jerusalem
Jesus is Ezekiel, preaching judgment if we don’t turn and repent.
Jesus is Jonah. In the depths for 3 days and then raised to new life.
Jesus is the Passover Lamb.
Jesus is the Day of Atonement.
Jesus is the exodus from Egypt, salvation for God's people.
Jesus is the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs.
Jesus is the Lord of the Book of Psalms.
Jesus is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.
Jesus is the mighty God of Isaiah chapter 9.
As I pray that my children will devour the pages of the Bible in order to truly know God, I would also like to pray that they make the Jesus connections between the OT and NT. My desire is that they begin to see and understand how everything from Genesis to Revelation points directly to Jesus!
Join me in prayer today as we ask Jesus to reveal Himself to our children in His whole Word.
You are the fulfillment of every promise made in the OT. You are in every hope, in every victory, and in every story in the OT. All Scripture points to You. Scripture finds its complete wholeness in You. Today I pray that my children would read Scripture intently looking for You in every passage and story. Would you give them the wisdom and revelation to understand how You fit into every story and teaching of the OT, and how its every promise is fulfilled in You. Would you give them Divine retention when it comes to remembering and making the important connections throughout Scripture that point to You. And may they devour the pages of Your Word from Genesis to Revelation and seek to deeply know You.