Beginning at Moses

How did people learn about Christ before the New Testament was written? The role of the Old Testament was to point people to Jesus. John 5:39  “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of ME [Jesus].” When Jesus walked with two disciples following his resurrection, He used the Old Testament to firm up their faith. Luke 24:27  “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”  Below is a chart with suggested ways that each Old Testament book pointed to Jesus.

GenesisCreator by whom all things are made, Maker of Covenants with the patriarchs
ExodusRock in the wilderness and the Serpent on the pole
LeviticusGreat high priest the perfect sacrifice
NumbersLord of Hosts 
DeuteronomyThe fulfiller of the law 
JoshuaJoshua is Hebrew for Jesus, Captain of the Host, the scarlet thread in the window 
JudgesThe righteous judge 
RuthThe near kin who redeems 
Samuel & ChroniclesKing of Kings 
Ezra & NehemiahLiberator from bondage 
EstherSalvation from condemnation 
JobSovereign supervisor 
PsalmThe theme of every anthem 
ProverbsWisdom crying aloud 
EcclesiastesPurpose of Life   “…in the days of Solomon’s well-doing,
Song of SolomonHe was “the altogether lovely” One.
IsaiahChild-King with a shoulder strong enough to bear the government  and the name Emanuel, gathering within itself all the excellencies.
Jeremiah“Branch of Righteousness, executes justice & righteousness in the land.”
LamentationsThe expected satisfaction of all sorrow.
Ezekiel“Plant of renown,” giving shade and giving fragrance.
DanielThe stone cut without hands, smiting the image, becoming a mountain, and filling the whole earth.
HoseaThe ideal of Israel, “growing as the lily,” “casting out His roots as Lebanon.”
JoelThe Hope of the people, and the Strength of the children of Israel
AmosThe Usherer in of his vision, of the “Plowman overtaking the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed”
ObadiahThe “Deliverance upon Mount Zion and holiness“
JonahThe Fulfillment of that of which he was but a sign.
MicahHe is the “turning again” to God
NahumHe is the One seen upon the mountains publishing peace.
HabakkukHe is the Anointed One of Whom was sung as “going forth for salvation.”
ZephaniahHe is the One Who brought to the people the pure language
HaggaiThe true Zerubbabel, forever rebuilding the house of God 
ZechariahHimself the dawn of the day when “Holiness-shall be upon the bells of the horses,”
MalachiHe the “Refiner,” sitting over the fire, “the Sun of Righteousness”
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By Pastor Wood

Carl is married to Becky and together they have three children. They live in Little River, SC where he pastors Anchor Baptist Church.