Old and New Testaments: One Great Story

Shrouded in mystery, the ways of God are stitched into stories, carried on the smoke of a burning sacrifice, and sung from the heart with both joy and tears. Through promises and prophecies, God hints at a plan that will reel in rebellion and undo death and loss — until the silence of four hundred years falls like a veil between heaven and earth.  Open to the page that falls between the Testaments and ponder long, for the Old prefigures the New, and the New reveals the Old in a way that could only be true if their message and their Object were one.

Nancy Guthrie traces the point and counterpoint between the Old and New Testaments with sixty devotional readings, each one demonstrating the Old Testament origin of a single concept and then following the dotted line of Truth directly to Christ.  In Seeing Jesus:  Seeking and Finding Him in the Scriptures, the reader lifts off in Genesis with its plural pronouns attached to a Creator God; touches down in John’s Gospel for the unmasking of the Living Word; and then arrives at the stunning conclusion (aided by the Apostle Paul) that Origin and Object are one, for everything that the Living Word spoke into being is shot through with the ultimate purpose of glorifying God. (1-4)

Filling All Things Everywhere

It should be no surprise, then, to find the psalmist’s certainty that God would fill the hungry is echoing anew in the Gospel writers’ assurance that God the Son would fill the wine casks and the fish nets, and then, again, in the Apostle’s confidence that He would “fill all things everywhere,”  and that, one day, Jesus will fill and complete His Body, the church, filling the entire universe with Himself. (153-156)

Each reading traces the actions of God  — at work to show Himself powerful through his protection of and provision for a tiny nation state — and then follows the narrative arc into a larger story that becomes massively redemptive and globally significant. Old Testament promises are fulfilled in Christ only to ricochet off the hard-packed streets of first-century Jerusalem and land in the Revelation with a majestic white horse ridden by a Messiah-King in an unshakable Kingdom where He is both Temple and Lamb.

Until we have seen Jesus in both the Old and the New Testaments . . . I wonder.

Have we really seen Him at all?

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This book was provided by Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, in exchange for my review.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Michele Morin

I am a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. I have been married to an unreasonably patient husband for nearly 27 years, and our four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Nonetheless, two teens still remain at home, and along with an incorrigible St. Bernard, we laugh, make messes, clean them up, and then start all over again. I love hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop me in my tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. I lament biblical illiteracy and advocate for the prudent use of "little minutes." I blog at Living Our Days because "the way I live my days will be, after all, the way I live my life." You can connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.

37 thoughts on “Old and New Testaments: One Great Story”

  1. Happy after Easter Morin😂😂😂😂
    If there be any thing as an after Easter greeting
    I hope your Easter went well?
    I had pleasant time with family.
    I like this statement “Until we have seen Jesus in both the Old and the New Testaments . . . I wonder.”
    Thanks for reviewing this book.
    Hugs and blessings to you

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    1. Has she been quiet all week? Here in the Northeast many of the schools are on break — we’re just getting back from a week away, so maybe she’s away too. I’ll be on the lookout for her!
      And thanks for coming in to say hello!

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  2. Dear Michele,
    Welcome Back! All through your review of this wonderful sounding book, I kept being reminded of our years with a Messianic Congregation. But then your final statement confirmed even more what we had felt then:
    “Until we have seen Jesus in both the Old and the New Testaments . . . I wonder.
    Have we really seen Him at all?”
    Having our eyes opened to see the Old Testament from a Jewish perspective suddenly caused the New Testament to make so much more sense! And the picture of who Jesus is was made more complete, when we could step back and see the roots of our Faith. Thank you for your beautiful words today! Blessings to you, and Happy Spring!

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  3. I love Nancy’s concept of tracing “the point and counterpoint between the Old and New Testaments with sixty devotional readings, each one demonstrating the Old Testament origin of a single concept and then following the dotted line of Truth directly to Christ.” Should be really interesting!

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  4. I can still remember the first time I really spent time in the OT and did a “basic” study through the OT scriptures. My faith came alive! Jesus indeed. Alpha and Omega. Nancy’s book is already on my Kindle. Thanks, Michele for another great recommendation!

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  5. I have been through Nancy’s first study in the book of Genesis -“The Promised One” and it is fantastic. I am looking forward to studying more and to reading this new addition. Thanks for your review.

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  6. Finding the common themes and fulfillment of Old Testament promises in the New Testament was always a favorite teaching technique of mine, especially Moses versus Jesus (God gave the Isrealites manna, but Jesus became bread, etc.)

    Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

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  7. Michele,
    Sounds like a wonderful book. I did a study on tracing Old Testament prophecy to it’s fulfillment in the New Testament. It certainly cemented my trust in God’s faithfulness to fulfill and make good on His promises.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

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  8. Hopping over from the #SITSBlogging Share Saturday and I’m so glad I did. I’ve been using a bible reading plan for the past few years that combines OT and NT reading daily and I love reading both, but this sounds like an even better way to familiarize yourself with the focus of the entirety of God’s word. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Michele, This sounds like a very edifying book! I just wrote about the “seen and unseen God”, but I never thought about whether or not we have truly ‘seen Him” in the Word.

    Thanks so much for always sharing reviews on such solid books!

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  10. This sounds like a book I’d like to read! And I echo your thoughts here – “Until we have seen Jesus in both the Old and the New Testaments . . . I wonder. Have we really seen Him at all?”

    Blessings to you, Michele! I’m happy to be your neighbor this week at #InspireMeMonday.

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  11. This looks so enlightening! I’ve recently invested in reading through the Old Testament and it is amazing how much we see Christ throughout it. Thank you for sharing these thoughts!

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  12. Found you at Coffee and Conversation. In my Sunday School training I was taught how to weave the Gospel into every story, new and old. This is a great help in my preparations. Thanks

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