I've been listening to a lot of sermons on Exodus recently. We'll be preaching through it at All Souls in the Autumn.
The great majority of preachers I've listened to are the sorts who are always saying "God's unfolding plan of redemption" and "the progressively revealed purposes of God culminating in Jesus" and "they spoke better than they knew" and all that jazz that you'd swear was in the bible, but it's not.
Nice fellas. But. You know...
What's fascinated me is that these guys preach Passover exactly like I do. Only much better. They're older saints, more experienced preachers, and their Passover sermons are tasty, filling, uplifting, glorious... They are OT sermons full of Jesus. But they stand in violent contrast to the prior sermons in the series.
I've listened to three preachers preach whole series' from chapters 1-20. And for each of the three, the sermons prior to Exodus 12 have been dull, dry, lifeless and almost completely Christless. Like, unbelievably Christless. Like - this would be kosher in a synagogue - Christless. Which actually shocked me because I thought all the 'unfolding plan' guys had sworn oaths to 'Progress' that they would always 'bridge to Jesus' for better or worse. But these guys must have been crossing their fingers cos Jesus was averaging less than one mention per sermon.
And then... Exodus 12 and the Spirit descends in glory and the angels sing.
And what really amazes me is that these are the same guys who are always saying "Christ in the Old Testament is not like Where's Wally. It's about more than a few purple passages or Messianic prophecies, it's about the whole redemptive-historical sweep."
Ok, good. So why is your preaching so uneven? Unless you really think Christ pops up only here and there?
But what if the whole Hebrew bible cries 'Behold the Lamb'?