This coming Lord’s Day, 11/13, we hope to gather and review what we’ve seen in Hebrews 1-9. (We plan to get into a message for Thanksgiving and John 1 during Advent.) I love doing these overview messages every so often so that people don’t lose sight of the big picture in the minutiae of verse by verse exposition. Related to this big picture, I found this post by Tony Reinke (and this picture) very helpful.
Last night, we began a series of sermons highlighting the Old Testament story. The first sermon, using various references but springing from John 5:39-40, entitled Jesus: The Point of the OT is now online.
One application I pressed toward the end, of which I have been guilty in the passed is to avoid moralizing. What is moralizing? “reading the Old Testament not to learn about Jesus, but only to learn principles for how to live my life as a good person by following the good examples of some people and avoiding the bad examples of others” (as defined by Driscoll in A Book You’ll Actually Read on the Old Testament).
Another application I pressed was to look for Jesus in the OT. An interview with John Sailhamer on his latest book, the Meaning of the Pentateuch, was very helpful is seeing a balance and avoiding overspiritualizing.
At any rate, I hope you are encouraged to see how every page of the Bible “whispers His name” and ask God that through this series, we would have spiritual eyes to behold Jesus in the Old Testament.