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By faith they saw the coming Messiah

...unfortunately, that’s how some people view and use the Old Testament. They see Christ emerge from the picture at the end of Old Testament history (and that’s good), but they do not see him in all the little pictures. ...For example, some see all the Old Testament priests as pointing forwards to Christ’s priestly work; and they do that. Some see all the Old Testament kings as pointing forwards to Christ as King of all kings; and He is that. But is Christ only seen at the end of these long lines of priests and kings? Does He only emerge from the picture when we look back with New Testament eyes? Sometimes that’s the impression that’s given. But where does that leave Old Testament believers? Did they simply put their trust in Moses' sacrifices, Aaron’s priesthood, and David’s monarchy? No! By faith they saw the coming Messiah pictured in the Mosaic sacrifices, Aaron’s priesthood, and David’s kingdom. They saw Christ in the small pictures. True, they only saw Him in shadow form; but shadow implies at least some light, doesn’t it!

From David Murray

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  1. Leon

    Don't quite know how to express this but 'shadow' also immediately point to the 'Original'? There can only be a shadow if there was first and foremost the 'Original' from which the shadow is cast. The OT contains shadows of Christ because they were shadows OF CHRIST. So some in the OT got stuck by staring just at the shadows, but others followed the shadows and were led to the One from which the shadows were cast; they saw Christ and trusted in Him.

  2. Emma Bail

    It all the effect of personal views.That is why all human beings see the Christ in all different different pictures.Sometimes shadow also gives us the brighter light.I personally believe that each one have the power to realize the Christ and His existence in each and every things but sometime people cant recognizes it. Love your sentence that "they only saw Him in shadow form; but shadow implies at least some light, doesn’t it!"..Love your all post.Keep it up...

    God bless you always
    Emma

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