2017-02-12 - Exodus Study
Theme and Outline
In the councils of eternity past, the divine decision was made. Even today, angels and mortals are prone to gasp in amazement, as they ponder the implications of that mind-boggling plan. Here was the decision. In the fullness of time, the sinless Son of God would visit a cursed planet and shed His blood for its sinful inhabitants. Could anything more unexpected and undeserved be imagined?
But many things must first precede and prepare for that glorious joy. To begin with, man and his universe would be created. Then, among the many, a particular nation would be selected to serve as a divine channel. Finally, all those events, places, and personalities playing a part in that glorious tale consummated at Bethlehem had to be carefully and accurately recorded. God’s schedule called for 30 human authors to describe that sovereign story in some detail. Moses was the first and Malachi the final writer. However, God was in no hurry to complete His marvelous manuscript. A thousand years would transpire between the first and last Old Testament books. Then an additional four centuries passed, before the beginning of the New Testament. But that is another story.” 1
Christ is the theme of Scripture. Christ is the theme of the Old Testament. To understand Christ’s ministry, one must understand the Old Testament. To understand the Old Testament, one must recognize Christ in it.
“Viewing the Old Testament Christocentrically is not an interpretive (hermeneutical) option; for the Christian it is divine imperative. On five different occasions Jesus claimed to be the theme of the entire Old Testament:” 2
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matthew 5:17).
To be continued.
All verses are from the English Standard Version (ESV) unless otherwise noted.