The Old Testament contains many promises in the Law and the Prophets looking forward to the future salvation of the Jews, but that is only half the story. The Law and Prophets were never intended to be the complete and finished communication of God to the world. The New Testament and Jesus complete the story.
In order to better understand and further confirm the New Testament, we must study the Old, for in it we see it is really Christ who is the key that unlocks the riches of those writings. In looking closely, we can see that the whole of the Old Testament has a consistent focus on Jesus, His death and His resurrection. It sets up the framework and description of Jesus, His mission, His life, and His eternal gift of salvation. The Old Testament constantly points to Him, speaks of Him and symbolizes Him. In studying its writings, we see again and again that God patiently spoke to the Jews about Christ in symbols and shadows that were appropriate to them back then and also allows us today to gain a fuller understanding of what God meant about Jesus through the Jewish offerings and feasts.
In our study of the Jewish Offerings and Feasts, we shall see how Jesus is the sum of both of them and how that fact applies to our lives today.
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