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.
Christians seem to have forgotten that the Old Testament has everything to do with Jesus Christ. In Jesus on Every Page, David Murray guides the reader down his own Road to Emmaus, describing how the Scriptures were opened to him, revealing Jesus from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Dr. Murray’s ten simple ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament unveil the face of Christ in the creation, the law, the psalms, the prophets, and the proverbs.
Recognizing Jesus in the full breadth of Scripture is important for every Christian. Whether you are preaching Jesus through Old Testament readings or just beginning to discover the reality of Christ in the Old Testament, Jesus on Every Page provides an accessible guide to the increasingly popular subject of Jesus in the Old Testament books. Have your own Road to Emmaus experience and know the Old Testament for what it truly is: full of Jesus.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: My Road to Emmaus
1. Where Did the Old Testament God?
2. What’s the Old Testament All About?
3. Jesus’ Answer
4. Peter’s Answer
5. Paul’s Answer
6. John’s Answer
Part 2: Spiritual Heartburn
7. Christ’s Planet: Discovering Jesus in the Creation
8. Christ’s People: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Characters
9. Christ’s Presence: Discovering Jesus in His Old Testament Appearances
10. Christ’s Precepts: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Law
11. Christ’s Past: Discovering Jesus in Old Testament History
12. Christ’s Prophets: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Prophets
13. Christ’s Pictures: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Types
14. Christ’s Promises: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Covenants
15. Christ’s Proverbs: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Proverbs
16. Christ’s Poets: Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament Poems
Postscript: The Journey Continues
David P. Murray is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was born in Scotland and served as a pastor and lecturer there.
"With deceptive ease Dr. David Murray brings his readers on to the Road to Emmaus for a few hours of conversation about Jesus and the Old Testament. With an enviable grace and simplicity he teaches us how to read the Old Testament as Christians. Jesus on Every Page is a book on Christ-centered biblical interpretation that doesn't involve complex grammatical, rhetorical, or hermeneutical complexities that cause the ordinary Christian (and pastor for that matter) to glaze over and despair. Rather, as a most agreeable companion, Professor Murray walks alongside us and points out the most important landmarks we need to notice if we are to make our ways through the Old Testament for ourselves and see how it points to Christ. Far from talking down to us from the lofty heights of technical Old Testament scholarship (although he is familiar with them), he tells us that he once sat where most of us sit. But then, as a quality teacher, he is able to help us learn what he himself has so obviously done. Here, then, is an ideal primer for beginners, a great refresher course for anyone who has got lost in the woods attempting to read Scripture the Emmaus Road way, and a wonderful reminder to us all that it was Jesus himself who taught us that he is at the heart of the entire Bible, and no just the right hand side of it! - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas
"In this book, seminary professor David Murray takes us on a fascinating journey to find the right kind of help in interpreting the Old Testament Christologically. Without sending us down any dubious interpretative avenues, David shows us not only that Jesus is on every page of the Old Testament, but in every picture, poem, historical fact, and prophetic utterance. His aim throughout is to remind New Testament Christians that they are whole Bible believers, and to give them a key to reading the Old Testament biblically. The key to his own book is simple enough: it is that the gospel interprets the Old Testament. As he unpacks this theme, David shows us that Jesus does not simply emerge at the end of the historical process we call the Old Testament, but was present from the outset as the Savior of sinners. This is a safe guide to a controversial topic, and will be of help both to theology students and serious Bible readers. I wish it a wide circulation, if only because it will enable a new generation of believers, many of whom don't really know how to handle the first half of the Bible, to read and preach the Old Testament just as its Author intended." - Dr. Iain D. Campbell, author, adjunct professor at Westminster Seminary, and pastor of Point Free Church of Scotland
"Provides solid, understandable categories and tools for retraining ourselves on how to read and understand the Old Testament...Help readers to see that Jesus, in his person and work, is the answer to all of the Old Testament's lingering questions." - Nancy Guthrie, author of the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
"One of the most helpful and the most needed new books that I have seen for a long while...Leads us to understand more accurately why Jesus could say of the scriptures, 'they testify of me.' What could be more important?" - Iain H. Murray, pastor, author, and editorial director of Banner of Truth