Jesus on Every Page – Book Review

3 Oct

Jesus on every page - book“The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or Christ’s passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament.”

Every once in a while I’ll dip my toe into Genesis and Exodus or I’ll make a quick stop over in Joshua, but the majority of my Old Testament reading sadly falls into primarily the Psalms/Proverbs category. It’s not that I think that reading the O.T. is worthless, it’s just that the New Testament seems a lot more readily accessible.

Studying the Old Testament often feels like reading a tome of dense Russian literature while I can fly through the New like some kind of action thriller.

But as Gleason Archer put it: “How can pastors hope to feed their flock on a well-balanced spiritual diet if they completely neglect the 39 books of Holy Scripture on which Christ and all the New Testament authors received their own spiritual nourishment?”

So how do we start? Where does the average Joe Christian go for some Old Testament study training? I heartily suggest Dr. David Murray’s Jesus On Every Page.

I think that part of the problem is that many Christians think (even if they wouldn’t verbalize it) that the Old Testament is somehow irrelevant… inferior… outdated. Guess what? They’re wrong. The bottom line is that the O.T. has everything to do with Jesus. The gospel story doesn’t begin on the first page of Matthew, but from the first page of Genesis.

In Luke 24:13-35 we are given an account of a resurrected Jesus who has appeared to some of his disciples and uses the journey as an opportunity to expound the Scriptures. In particular, Jesus began to interpret all of the Old Testament scriptures concerning the Messiah (Luke 24:27). If Jesus is able to use the entirety of the Old Testament to show how it all pointed to himself then we should be able to do the same. It is with this in mind that we are taken on the same journey that Murray himself took when trying to find Jesus Christ in every page of the Bible, giving 10 simple ways for us to do so.

 

Rather than resorting to technical, grammatical, or logical gymnastics that cause the ordinary Christians (or me at least) to glaze over and despair, David’s tone is that of a conversational tour guide, pointing out landmarks on the side of the Old Testament highway.

Everything is broken down into easily understood terms and sections, and he uses clear examples to underline each of his points. Time and time again, David would point to some section of scripture and it made sense in way that I’d never noticed before… I kept on asking myself, “Has that always been there?” The only beef I had with the book is that the endnotes should really have been footnotes (I flipped back and forth to the end of the book so often that I nearly got whiplash).

This is an incredibly quick read, but it will really inspire and equip you to start studying the Old Testament books.

-Dave Wonders

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(I received this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review. I was not asked to write a positive review.)

One Response to “Jesus on Every Page – Book Review”

  1. ShelleyShelley October 3, 2013 at 12:41 #

    The Old Testament is my favorite place. Rich with culture and typology, the OT shows us th other side of God. If ever there’s a time when we need encouragement, it can be found throughout. I love how God gives instruction, then follows it up with a promise-You Will Win. Joshua was one of those. He watched God’s promise unfold before his eyes. I have to agree with you, Dave. How can a Christian mature and balanced without a strong Old Testament foundation? How can the church age understand why we came to be without the backstory?

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