In Jesus on Every Page, David Murray seeks to show readers the presence of Christ throughout the Old Testament, whether through direct prophecy or through indirect ‘types and shadows’ of it’s characters.
Murray shows us an exciting new way t0 connect with the OT, gleaning a deeper meaning from its stories from a Messianic perspective. From Moses, to Joseph, to Jonah, the seven feast days and the Law, pictures of Christ are everywhere in the OT once you know what to look for.
I love the idea behind this book, and the wonderful examples that Murray shares, however I did feel the execution could have been better. While the author talks about his transformation from someone who failed to recognise the importance of the OT, to someone who is now very excited about it’s relevancy, I kind of feel he missed the mark in sharing that excitement with the reader. I also was confused on a few different points that the author brought up, particularly the notion that Jesus had no innate knowledge of the scriptures, but learned them through study. To me, the idea is ludicrous. Luke 2:47 states that, as a young Jesus sat in the temple and spoke with the priests, “Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.” Jesus also displayed foreknowledge of the destruction of the temple, as well as his own death. This was only a very brief section, however, and I did enjoy the rest of the book.
This subject reminds me of one of my favorite preachers, Perry Stone, who loves to teach the repeating themes between the NT and OT, so I was very excited to read this book, and for the most part, I wasn’t disappointed. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to do deeper bible studies on the OT.
Rating: 4 stars
I received a free copy of this book through booksneeze.com in exchange for an honest review.