Can Someone Help Me With Some One-Liners?

Many times I have heard preachers or Sunday School teachers talk about how the Old Testament “points the way” to Jesus.  Dr. Mangano states a subset of this thought on page 156 of his O.T. Commentary:  “The sacrifices of Leviticus pointed to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus”.  Other than Isaiah 53, could anyone help me with some “one-liners” that are easily quotable and Biblically verifiable when it come to supporting the “pointing the way” assertion?  The “New Testament Connections” of our commentary is helping, but the explanations are lacking the conciseness for which I am looking.

The book of Hebrews discusses how Jesus is a Priest on the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:17), but that is a case of The New Testament reaching back to the Old!  All I know is that too many people want to focus on the New Covenant writings and ignore many of the truths that are available to them.  Perhaps their curiosity would get the best of them if they knew Jesus was a topic of discussion in the Old Testament as well as the New!

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4 Responses

  1. What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8

    Seek the Lord and live. Amos 5:6

    • Walking humbly with God as Micah 6:8 tells us to do would surely include being prepared both in and out of season…

  2. Randy,
    I agree that all too often when we do try to reaffirm the foundational value of the Old Testament it is done by pointing back with the NT as a reference. This, in a circular argument fashion increases the value of the NT while degrading the OT in the casual Bible Study approach. I heard a minister recently state that the OT is the NT concealed and the NT is the OT revealed. Although this is not an entirely deep theological statement, it has stuck in my mind as of late on how we should approach study.

    In recent study of Isaiah 58 it resonated to me that the true fasting described is pointing towards Jesus. Especially in verse 11 – “And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail”.

    Mangano in the text at the end of the Proverbs section connects Jesus back to the sapiential literature of the Old Testament (p.403). This may be a cast a larger net than the one liners that you are looking for, but very interesting nevertheless.

  3. Let me recommend a good book, The Old Testament Books Made Simple (by: James E. Smith). It was published in 2009 by College Press. Throughout my assignments and readings, I have used the book as secondary resource. It is great!!! Dr. Smith points out many of OT passages and themes that point to Christ and the NT.

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