Seeing Christ in the Old Testament
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: Fighting the Sin that Plagues the Righteous
Jonah 1:11:-15 • August 26, 2018 • Murray Lee
How can Christians who have experienced the grace and mercy of God have hard hearts? This week we look to Jonah to show us what a hard heart looks like and how to fight the sin that plagues the righteous. As we consider Jonah’s condition, we will ask God to give us insight into our own lives because it is so easy to have a hard heart. But we can rejoice that God provides a way out.
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: The Majesty and Mercy of God
Isaiah 6:1-8 • August 19, 2018 • Murray Lee
Isaiah 6 paints the picture of our awesome, holy and majestic Lord seated on a throne whose robe fills the temple so that none can stand. Those who attend them veil their faces from his glory as they call out to him in praise. His glory is transcendent. Isaiah is undone. But Isaiah discovers that the Lord’s transcendent glory leads him to do something radical: to transfer his glory in order to make the broken holy.
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: The Whole Duty of Man
Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 • August 12, 2018 • Murray Lee
How does God want us to live? Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 tells us that to “fear God and keep his commandments” is our whole duty. But what if we don’t fear God nor obey him as we ought? Christ provides what he requires, and as we learn about what he’s done, we gain wisdom for obedience that leads to worship.
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: The Joy of the Lord
Nehemiah 8 • July 15, 2018 • Murray Lee
Nehemiah 8 is a story about the importance of God’s Word. Nehemiah, a Jewish exile in Babylon and cup bearer to the King of Babylon, learns of Jerusalem’s ruinous condition. After seeking God in prayer for 5 months, Nehemiah asks the king of Babylon to allow him to return and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He is given permission and so begins the rebuilding process. The king also allows the people of Israel having been in captivity for 70 years to return to Jerusalem. The wall is completed and chapter 8 tells of the far more important work of Nehemiah: the spiritual renewal of God’s people. The theme of chapter 8 is clear: since the Bible tells us of God’s relentless pursuit of his people, we can rejoice!
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: Wreckage of Loss, Seeds of Hope
2 Kings 25 • July 1, 2018 • Murray Lee
Jerusalem has fallen. The temple, palace and homes are plundered, burned and destroyed. The people are taken captive to Babylon, and it seems as though all hope is lost. This deportation is what God promised would happen, and God always fulfills his promises. The text is devastating in its description of loss, but even in the loss, the seeds of the hope of Christ are sewn.
Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: What's So Special About the Tabernacle?
Exodus 40:34-38 • June 3, 2018 • Murray Lee
God desires a relationship with his people. To prove it, he will go to great lengths. He will give us the tabernacle to show us that his presence is with us. But the tabernacle serves as the primary bridge between the presence of God in the Old Testament and the New Testament presence of God in the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. God wants a relationship with his people so badly, he will take on flesh and undergo the penalty of sin so that he can be among his people.