Seeing Christ in the Old Testament – a few quotes from a great book…

Three principles of interpretation… 1. The person speaks with intention. Authors meaning. 2. The analogy of scripture. The Bible consists of an organic, consistent, and constant revelation. 3. Sensus plenior or the fuller sense of meaning. Thus when reading the book of Genesis we ask: what was Gods word for the exodus community? And what additional levels of significance does the story take on in light of Christ? Two different sides to the same promise-and-fulfillment coin: typology looks at the fulfillment in Christ through the patterns of expectation established earlier in the history of redemption. Sensus plenior, however, uses the fulfillment of Christ to shed light on earlier events in redemptive history. 77-80

The pattern of divine faithfulness… 1. Divine provision or promise. 2. Man’s covenant disobedience, 3. God’s judgement (covenant curses) against sin, 4. Gods gracious redemption (covenant blessing). We note this pattern in the Garden story, in the narrative of the line of Seth leading up to Noah, and in Noah’s experience immediately after the flood. Indeed, the pattern recurs throughout the Old Testament. In Deuteronomy 4:21-31 Moses applies it to the future history of Israel. P88-89

Gods covenant with Noah is not a replacement of his first covenant (with Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:15). Rather than think in terms of a series of covenants, we might better think of the covenant episodes in Scripture as just that, episodes in a single, organic, ongoing story. The many parallels between the Noahic covenant and the creation story should not surprise us. P93

Source: Far as the curse is found, by Michael D. Williams, P&R publishing, 2005

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