Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

Nancie Guthrie recently wrote about reading the Old Testament as a book that prepares us for Christ (here).  The whole post is very helpful and the resources she links to along the way would be well-worth the time to read. The most helpful contribution of her brief article is in making “a lay-friendly list of ways that the Old Testament points to and prepares us for Christ.” Here’s her list of ways that the OT points to Christ:

  1. A problem that only Christ can solve (the curse, our inability to keep the law, our alienation from God)
  2. A promise only Christ can fulfill (blessing, presence of God with us)
  3. A need that only Christ can meet (salvation from judgment, life beyond death)
  4. A pattern or theme that only comes to resolution in Christ (kingdom, rest)
  5. A story that only comes to its conclusion through Christ (the people of God, creation/fall/redemption/consummation)
  6. A person who prefigures an aspect of who Christ will be or what he will do by analogy and/or contrast (Joseph, Moses, David)
  7. An event or symbol that pictures an aspect of who Christ will be or what he will do (ark, exodus, sacrifices)
  8. A revelation of the pre-incarnate Christ (wrestling with Jacob, commander of the Lord’s army)
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