“The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or Christ’s passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament...”
So writes Dr. David Murray in his new book Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways to Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament.
When I first read those stirring words, I was immediately captured by the imagery. God's preparations for the arrival of His Son are awe-inspiring! History is a canvas, and God is an artist infusing events with multi-layered meaning. He uses pictures to foreshadow Christ- pictures through poetry, pictures through stories, pictures through law, covenants, events, human lives. God is not unimaginative. He is the kind of artist who doesn't simply use red paint, He creates the very color itself. What a wonderful thing!
And yet, for all the brilliance, sometimes we miss it.
Thankfully, however, God has raised up voices to help show us the way. David Murray is one such voice.
Today we’re pleased to bring you an interview with Dr. Murray, author of the book Jesus on Every Page. Barry and I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion, and as we dive into a few of the details of this helpful work, we trust you'll be encouraged as well.
To download, click here: David Murray Interview [audio http://gentlereformation.allegrodynamics.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/david-murray-interview-2.mp3]
We would like to also provide you with an opportunity to receive a free copy of the book. It is simple. If you look to your right, you will notice on the sidebar a section designated “Gentle Answers.” Simply fill in your name, provide your email, and answer the following question (which can be found in the interview): What passage does Dr. Murray cite as an example of an obscure or challenging text prefiguring Christ?
The first two correct answers will receive a free copy.
If you would like to order a copy of his book, do check out the following webpage to obtain extra goodies: http://jesusoneverypage.com/
Also, for a helpful review of the book, Barry York has written a brief post on the subject here.