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How much of OT is "Allusion" to NT Realities?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by 12strings, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. 12strings

    12strings Active Member

    Feb 10, 2004
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    Luke 24:27 --And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

    Is it appropriate in a sermon to say that any OT text you happen to be preaching on is definitly a foreshadowing of some aspect of Christ or NT realites?

    For Example, in Job, when he gets all his stuff & family back, Even though there is nothing in the bible specifically saying so, is it appropriate to preach that "this IS an allusion to the new heaven and new earth, when Christ makes everything new?

    Or when Job prays for his friends..."This is a foreshadowing of Christ praying for us."

    Or would it be better to say "This reminds me of..." "or This COULD BE a foreshadowing.

    If you thing the first is appropriate, is there any limit to this kind of OT interpretation?
  2. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    Feb 9, 2004
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    Much, not all but much. Often passages which have meaning to OT concepts also transcend into NT allusion.

    From that perspective the OT is wonderfully forward looking.
  3. psalms109:31

    psalms109:31 New Member

    Jun 5, 2006
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    Job 9:
    29 Since I am already found guilty,
    why should I struggle in vain?
    30 Even if I washed myself with soap
    and my hands with cleansing powder,
    31 you would plunge me into a slime pit
    so that even my clothes would detest me.

    32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
    that we might confront each other in court.
    33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
    someone to bring us together,
    34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
    so that his terror would frighten me no more.
    35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
    but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

    Job 16:

    18 “Earth, do not cover my blood;
    may my cry never be laid to rest!
    19 Even now my witness is in heaven;
    my advocate is on high.
    20 My intercessor is my friend
    as my eyes pour out tears to God;
    21 on behalf of a man he pleads with God
    as one pleads for a friend.