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October 28, 2011, 7:06 PM

Finding Christ in the Old Testament

One of the greatest turns in my understanding of the Bible came when I could finally appreciate the sermons of Puritan writers.  When you read those sermons -- and they were lonnnng sermons (none of the 15-25 minute sermonette stuff!) -- you realize how immersed they were in the entire story from Genesis through Revelation.  The sermon text might be Matthew 28:19-20, but you can best be believing that the preacher was going to go throughout the entirety of Scripture showing that God planned this Great Commission way back in the Law and the Prophets, and how the Psalmist rejoiced in the day as well.

To put it mildly, this used to drive me nuts!  If you are going to preach on a text -- then, stay on that text, and unpack it for me!   Give me three points and a song, please.

Silly me.  A preacher should, can and ought to use the entirety of Scripture every opportunity in the pulpit because that is the way that God intended His Story to be presented.  It is one cohesive whole -- many genres, many authors, many historical contexts -- but One Story.  How beautiful to realize that God has given us such a multi-faceted revelation of Himself in Jesus Christ.

This Sunday, we will be hearing the story of Naboth and his wonderful vineyard that Ahab wanted so very badly.  It would be easy to preach this text in terms of ethics.  Doing the right thing.  Keeping away from the things that ultimately deface us like a spirit of coveting and greed and lustfulness, etc. etc. etc.  Easy stuff that will definitely preach.

However, I am not taking that road on Sunday.  Sure, I don't deny that God would approve of such counsel!  But I also don't think that's primarily why God's given us the story of Naboth.  You will see how this text connects to Jesus.  You will see how this text connects to God's final justice when He sets the world right in the end.  Exciting stuff!

In the meantime, I am linking to a creative blog entry that I came across this morning which gives you an idea of how we should approach the Old Testament.  Quite clever.  Click hear for the Strawberry-RhubarbTheology Blog.

Let me know what you think.

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