At the close of Bible study last spring, I sought ideas and suggestions for the next semester’s teaching theme. One dear friend mentioned an overview of the Old Testament prophets, a suggestion to which I replied, “But I just got out of the Old Testament!”
I’ll leave it to you to determine my tone of voice. I may or may not have whined. But only a little.
Teaching Genesis through Deuteronomy last year was as challenging as anything I’ve ever undertaken, and this even with the help of Nancy Guthrie’s excellent resources The Promised One and The Lamb of God. Don’t get me wrong. It was a fabulous year and probably the most rewarding for me personally as I jumped in over my head week after week. The Lord was faithful to teach me and change me but, still, it was as demanding as it was wonderful.
Here’s a thought: isn’t it sometimes true the depth of wonderful is directly related to the degree of demanding? What treasures await those who diligently set their hearts to the careful and sometimes difficult study of God’s Word!
Anyway, long story short: I will be teaching the prophets beginning September 10 and I am thus excited and humbled and overwhelmed and all the other sorts of emotions and adjectives that accompany the humble teacher desperate for the power and provision of the Spirit. As such I jumped on the offer to read Dr. David Murray’s new book Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament. Getting books–good books–in exchange for an honest review is always fun but when that book dovetails perfectly into the course of study one has been cramming for, well, behold the Lord’s gracious providence and His generous goodness! Who but the Lord?
In the preface, Dr. Murray writes,
Jesus on Every Page is an accessible guide to the increasingly popular subject of Jesus in the Old Testament. Although much has been written to help pastors with preaching Jesus from the Old Testament, there is little that provides sound principles and practical help for the average Christian who wants to explore this important way of knowing Jesus through His Word.
Dr. Murray begins the book with an autobiographical note about his own struggles with understanding the relevance and importance of the Old Testament in the overarching Biblical theme of redemption through Jesus Christ. In light of the prevalence of lessons and sermons that reduce the Old Testament to mere moralistic examples, Dr. Murray presents a case for seeing Jesus on every page of God’s Word, the Old Testament in particular. With a remarkable and impressive use of alliteration throughout the book (seriously, how does he do that?), Dr. Murray leads his readers through the following ways Jesus is found in the Old Testament:
- Christ’s Planet: Discovering Jesus in the Creation
- Christ’s People: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Characters
- Christ’s Presence: Discovering Jesus in His Old Testament Appearances
- Christ’s Precepts: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Law
- Christ’s Past: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament History
- Christ’s Prophets: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Prophets
- Christ’s Pictures: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Types
- Christ’s Promises: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Covenants
- Christ’s Proverbs: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Proverbs
- Christ’s Poets: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Poems
I found this to be an engaging and thought provoking book. Dr. Murray writes for the layperson rather than the academic and I appreciate that. I anticipate referring to Jesus on Every Page as I prepare to delve once again into the Old Testament, this time to teach the prophets. It is my earnest desire that I will both delight and exult in Him as I seek Him and find Him there.
To find out more about the book as well as to take advantage of an offer for free materials, check out JesusOnEveryPage.com
Thank you to Thomas Nelson publishers for providing me a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.