Thursday, May 14, 2009

Christ is proclaimed in the Old Testament, not ‘pointed to’

The Christian reads Leviticus 16.
‘It is relatively unsurprising to me that the manner and circumstances of Jesus’ death line-up exactly with the gospel as proclaimed in the Day of Atonment. That is why the rituals were given.’ The direction of travel in interpreting these things is not to examine at the accounts of the crucifixion, then clasp our hands to our mouths when reading Leviticus 16. We should read the Pentateuch, and nod knowlingly when we reach the Gospels. Christ is proclaimed in the Old Testament, not ‘pointed to’;
And likewise, when Jesus preaches the Old Testament he preaches himself, when Philip preaches Isaiah 53 the Ethiopian wants to get baptised, when Paul preaches it he says I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen.