I’ve joined a new women’s Bible study at our church. Just a small group of ladies working through Nancy Guthrie’s The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis. I’ve been looking forward to this study for a while. I love the fellowship and discussion generating from our get-togethers.
The actual study doesn’t start until this coming Wednesday, but we already have homework. The first chapter begins by taking us to the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). Using verse 27, Guthrie emphasizes the importance of returning to the Old Testament to better reveal the New Testament.
“Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”
Ok, first of all… think about how awesome and amazing that would be. To walk with Jesus as He explains Himself in all of Scripture, in all of history. Makes me think of how heaven might be like!
Second of all, this is exactly what I’ve been thinking as I’m listening to sermons on Old Testament books and prophets. I never thought of Ruth or Esther or Jonah as books that actually do preach the gospel of Christ. I had always seen them as cool snippets of history. Cool stories. But that Boaz was a foreshadowing of Christ and Ruth a foreshadowing of the Church, and their redemptive relationship a foreshadowing of our salvation — blows my mind. It’s like it sparked a fire under me; I’m on a hunt to find and understand every foreshadowing of the gospel in God’s Old Testament. It’s not just history. It’s not just prophecy that will be fulfilled. It’s a hidden gospel message!
So anyway, I’m excited.