Jesus on Every Page of the Old Testament? "But Jesus didn't come along until the New Testament," someone says, "What's He doing in the Old?" In his new book, 101 Portraits of Jesus in the Hebrew Scriptures, author Bob Beasley, a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary, seeks to answer that question in many more than 101 ways. In fact, even though the Old Testament -- the Hebrew Scriptures -- was written 2,000 to 500 years prior to Jesus' earthly ministry, some say the Lord may be found on its every page.
Just as a great novel or movie will provide early warnings of things to come later on in the book or screen, the Old Testament is full of types, foreshadowings, specific prophesies, mighty works, and pre-incarnate appearances of the Savior. He is prefigured by men like Adam, Noah, Joseph, Moses, and David. Jesus is foreshadowed by furniture (yes, furniture), rocks, food, a snake, doorways, trees, colors, animals--in many, many ways. He appears as smoke and fire and as the mysterious Angel of the Lord. All of this hundreds of years before born to Mary in Bethlehem.On the road to Emmaus following His resurrection, Jesus spoke with some of His followers. Luke tells us; And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the [Hebrew] Scriptures concerning himself (Luke 24:27). In a compact and readable 101 chapters surveying Genesis to Malachi, Beasley merely scratches the surface of the wonderful truths of Jesus in the Old Testament, sure to deepen anyone's understanding of and love for the entire Bible.
This is a book for everyone--new Christians as well as old, and also for those seeking answers as to whether of not the Bible is trustworthy. The impact of hundreds of foreshadowings of Jesus is truly powerful. 101 Portraits will open the Scriptures for you as never before.
"Beasley's 101 Portraits of Jesus is superb, for at least three reasons. First, it is the sort of book that can only be written by an elder in Christ's Church. I am referring here more to the biblical character of elder, one who has lived long and well as a follower of Christ, having gained the wisdom that can come only from experience. Second, this topic can be a tricky one, and there is much erroneous teaching with regard to it in our day--willful blindness to the presence of Christ on the one hand, and on the other, man-made and agenda-driven speculations that contort and confuse. Beasley's handling of this topic is masterful, sound, and deeply encouraging. Third, this book speaks not only to our heads, but to our hearts as well. It is mystifying how easy it is to lose sight of Jesus, and, perversely, how easy it is to lose sight of Jesus precisely when reading the Bible! As Walker Percy would say, the Great Depriver is afoot. There is a vast conspiracy of the world, the devil, and our own flesh, that scheme together. If they cannot keep us from reading the Bible, they scheme to keep us from seeing Jesus when reading the Bible. Beasley's book blows away the depriving conspiratorial fog, speaking truth to head and heart, and showing us the glorious Savior on every page of the Hebrew Scriptures. I am deeply thankful for this book, and highly commend it to anyone and everyone." - Dr. Jeff Hutchinson, Senior Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina