Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Book Review: Jesus On Every Page by David Murray
Jesus said that the scriptures testify about him (see John 5:39-40). In the context of the day, He was referring to the Old Testament. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus pointed out from the Scriptures "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27). Once again, in the context of the day, He was referring to the Old Testament. It is sad to say that many Christian look at the Old Testament as the part of the Bible no one wants to touch. Even when they try to read through the Old Testament, they stop once they get to Leviticus because of the all sacrificial laws.
Sunday school teachers use the Old Testament to teach kids about how the characters in the story as an example for us. Now can we learn from the Old Testament saints? Yes. Is the Old Testament all about these people God used to perform some miraculous deed such as Moses leading Israel out of Egypt or David taking down a nine foot tall warrior? What did Jesus say in John 5:39-40? The scriptures testify about me.
There has been an increasing awareness for Christians to recognize that the Bible is not all these stories told for 66 books to teach us about God, but that the Bible is one story contained in those 66 books. The Bible is all about Jesus even the Old Testament. There has also been more books on Jesus being in the Old Testament or in every book of the Bible than there has been in the last few decades. David Murray, professor of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has written the next great book testifying that the Old Testament is all about Jesus.
In Jesus On Every Page, Murray addresses what happened to the Old Testament from our preaching as well as what the Old Testament truly is about. He even talks addresses that Jesus, as mentioned earlier, testified that the Old Testament was all about him. Even Peter and Paul, through their Epistles, taught that the Old Testament was about Jesus as well as the gospel.
The subtitle of the book says, "10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament" and that is what Murray attempts to do through majority of the book from chapters 7 to 16. He does a user-friendly approach to teach his readers where Jesus is in the Old Testament scriptures. He talks finding Christ in creation, the Old Testament characters, the Law, prophets, covenants, proverbs, and poems. He also talks about Jesus making some appearances in the Old Testament, but not as the God-man as we know Him through the New Testament. Murray also talks about how Jesus is in Old Testament history and how there were Old Testament types of Christ's presence such as the Tabernacle.
I mentioned earlier that Murray used a user-friendly approach to his readers. That is what made this book very good because this was not an academic book. This book was written for all Christians to pick and read so they can understand that the Old Testament is about Jesus not just those characters in the story. Murray does not use a lot of technical terms, and when he does, he defines them. This is a book every Christian needs to read especially those who teach in the church.
Thanks Booksneeze for letting me review this book.