Theology

Musings on Old Testament Preaching, pt. 2

Yahweh is a preacher. He was a preacher from the beginning. “God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” (Gen 1:3) The Triune Yahweh preaches everything into existence: The Father speaks in and through the person of His Son (the Word), and the Spirit, proceeding from both, enlivens all things through the preached Word. Since Yahweh is a preacher, He wants preachers. This “Preaching God” sets up His “Preaching Office” to continue the preaching. Continue reading

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Jesus the Old Testament Word

The Apostle John blows open the door on how we should look at Jesus. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” (Jn 1:1–3) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14) Continue reading

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A Prophet Like Me

Moses preaches it: “A prophet like me, from your midst, from your brothers, will Yahweh Your God raise up; you shall listen to Him.” (Dt 18:15) It’s heard at Jesus’ transfiguration, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Mt 17:5) Speaking about Jesus, Peter preached, “Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you'”—so also Stephen: “This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’” (Acts 7:37) Now, Jesus isn’t only someone that Moses is pointing forward to. It’s not that Moses is saying, “There will be a prophet who will preach God’s Word and you need to listen to Him.” It’s more than all that! It’s all wrapped up in that Word “like me.”

Through the Word and Work of Moses the people of Israel experience the grace, mercy, and salvation of Christ. A clear example of this is when the Israelites are attacked by Amalekites shortly after they’ve left Egypt. Continue reading

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Dead and Living Sacrifices

When you think about the Old Testament sacrifices, blood, death, and fire should come to mind. Lots of it. Sin is messy business, and the taking away of sin, the giving of holiness, peace, and forgiveness is an equally messy business. It involved not just blood, but in some cases blood and guts. This was Old Testament Worship. The Old Testament saints, the Israelites, could see the price of their sin spilled on the ground, the could feel it as they slit their sacrifices’ throats, they could smell it as the incense and flesh burned, and even taste it as they ate their sacrifices! Continue reading

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The Angel of angels

Christ is the God of the Old Testament. That’s what He says about Himself: “Before Abraham was, I AM” (Jn 8:58). It’s what Paul believed and all the Apostles. It’s even what Luther, who’s the greatest and foremost teacher of our church, says, as I showed in my last article on this topic. Because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament, He is revealed there. The pages of the Old Testament don’t just run red with the blood of Jesus, pointing forward to Him. The words recorded on those pages could have red words, as so many versions of the Gospels have His words marked. It seems unusual, but it’s the topic of angels that makes this clear in the Old Testament. Continue reading

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Christ in the Old Testament

Martin Luther wrote two profound things in his preface to the Old Testament. First, he said,

“These are the Scriptures which make fools of all the wise and understanding, and are open only to the small and simple as Christ says in Matthew 11[:25]. Therefore dismiss your own opinions and feelings, and think of the Scriptures as the loftiest and noblest of holy things, as the richest mines which can never be sufficiently explored…Here you will find the swaddling cloths and the manger in which Christ lies, and to which the angel points the shepherds [Luke 2:12]. Simple and lowly are these swaddling cloths, but dear is the treasure, Christ, who lies in them.” (American Edition, Vol. 35, p. 236)

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