In "Jesus on Every Page," David Murray attempts to show readers how all Scripture points us to Jesus. The thesis of the book is based on the Emmaus road narrative in which two disciples were met by Jesus who proceeds to explain all that is written about Him in the Law and Prophets. In the book, Murray explores the different Old Testament passages and genres to show that the authors, inspired by the Spirit, foreshadow the coming Messiah and King. For example, in the Pentateuch, we read about the promised Seed of Abraham who will make his name great and bless all the nations of the world. Even in the Poetry and Wisdom books, Murray explains that the true King of Israel proclaimed in Psalms and the true Wisdom described in Proverbs can only be perfectly realized in the God-man Jesus Christ. Through many other examples, Murray helps readers see that the people of the Old Testament, though only knowing in part and in shadows, put their faith in a future Saviour. Thus, the OT is not merely a historical record of Israel that bears no relevance to Christians of the new covenant. Instead, Murray reminds us that the Old Testament books we read are the very words that Jesus Himself read, meditated, and taught during His earthly ministry. If Jesus is the One that we put our faith in and He is found everywhere in the Old Testament, how can we ever deem the OT as being irrelevant or unimportant to us today?
I would definitely recommend this book to those who struggle to find the connection between the Old and New Testaments. Murray avoids employing any technical terminology and uses various passages to guide readers in finding Jesus in the Old Testament. We may often favour the New Testament because we feel the teachings seem easier to understand and the contents appear more relevant to our everyday lives. Conversely, the Old Testament comes across as out-dated, incomprehensible, and challenging to read. Murray argues against this way of thinking and encourages us to dig into the Old Testament to see how Jesus is embedded in each and every word. Furthermore, as those who have access to the entire canon of Scripture, we are able to put our faith in the revealed Saviour, something those who have gone before us like Abraham, Moses, and David were only partly aware of. Thus, let us pick up our Bibles and savour with renewed wonder, awe, and thanksgiving how each and every word of Scripture displays and reveals Christ.
Purchased for use in church small group study so have only read first chapter so far. I look forward to the study which has been vetted by the elders of our reformed Presbyterian church. The purchase transaction was quick n easy as usual with Christian Book. Delivery was also very quick.
Okay, so it normally never takes me a month or more to read a book... but this book is one that you must take your time on.
I've been blessed with an amazing Sunday school teacher, who for the past few months (and really ever since I've known her), has spoken on Jesus in the Old Testament. Naturally, when I saw this book and read what it was about I knew I had to pick it up.
David Murray takes you on a journey of seeing the Bible as one great story of our beautiful Savior. He does a fantastic job of showing you Christ in many different Books of the Bible (including Song of Solomon... chapter 16. That happened to be one of my favorite parts). While Christ may not be mentioned by name in these Books, it is hard to deny that He is most definitely there.
I think it's odd how completely blind we are to the fact that Jesus isn't just in the Gospels. He's in Genesis, He's in the Psalms, He's all over the Bible!! However, I am thankful for this book which God is using to open eyes (which includes mine).
This book is roughly 200 pages and is a somewhat dense read. It's not really a sit down with a cup of coffee and relax kind of book. It's more of an intense study to finding the One that brings life to us. God has used this book to increase my thirst for Him and to really seek to see Christ in everything in the Word. I would suggest reading with your Bible in hand, a pen, and probably a highlighter too. I would also strongly suggest opening any time you spend reading this book in prayer because it will be difficult understand without the help of the Holy Spirit.
Great book for anybody wanting to study the Old Testament and find even more of our Savior.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for a review.
Jesus may not be mentioned directly in every book of the Old Testament, but He can be found particularly if you look for Him. David Murray in "Jesus On Every Page" describes 10 simple ways to seek and find Christ in the Old Testament and solves the mystery of how to read the Old Testament for more than just history, rules, poetry and prophecy.
You will want to read this book along with your Bible, a pen, paper and a highlighter. It is a great resource for Bible students, teachers, small group leaders and for individual study. Murray provides study questions for small group discussions which will further aid you in your study.
"Jesus On Every Page" is a helpful resource and one you will turn to again and again. It's a wonderful tool to help you study the Old Testament.
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10 SIMPLE WAYS to SEEK and FIND CHRIST in the OLD ESTAMENT
By David Murray
David Murray opens a way to view the Old Testament that many do not think about, that Jesus is throughout the Bible. His book has two parts; the first tells how the New Testament points out that Jesus is in the Old Testament. The second part takes you through the Old Testament pointing out where to find Jesus. A very well written and informative book that will open the Bible in a way you may have not thought of. In the first part, he gives you, from scripture, what Jesus, Peter, Paul and John tells us about the Old Testament, and that Jesus was there from the beginning. David Murray calls the first part his Road to Emmaus. His book helps us to see Jesus how he really is a part of the whole Bible.
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