As a kid I always loved reading the ‘Where’s Wally?‘ books. It was great to hunt out that little red and white bobble hat. So often he would be hidden away somewhere you had looked five minutes ago…typical!
I wonder if we view Jesus in the Old Testament a bit like Wally. That is, hidden away, but you can find Him if you look hard enough. The big presupposition here is that the OT guys didn’t really know about Jesus and only had a hand full of obscure clues. But this is not how Jesus saw it. Not at all.
Remember the greatest Bible study ever in Luke 24:13-32?
Jesus was clear:
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
Leon Morris is so helpful on this:
Jesus did not do this study ‘as a selection of a number of proof-texts, but rather as showing that through the Old Testament a consistent Divine purpose is worked out, a purpose that in the end meant and must mean the cross’.
Jesus is all the way through the Old Testament. Clearly. Indeed, when you see Him, your heart burns within. If you think you need to find Him in obscure places like Wally…well, with the greatest respect…you ARE a Wally 😉 Jesus is everywhere in the Old Testament.
Over the coming days I want to show you 7 ways you can see Jesus in the Old Testament. I hope you find them helpful.
You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.