Understanding the Old Test. in Light of the New Test.
The narrative of the Old Testament scriptures is man groping around in the darkness of sin and death, blinded by the Law, ever trying to come to terms with what the true and living God was actually like through several “covenant journeys.” Sadly, time and time again humanity/Israel would encounter certain truths of God only to distort them into gods of their own making or to outright reject Yahweh and worship the false gods of other cultures. We must understand this in order to have a proper and healthy approach to Scripture and view of God.
But, in the “fullness of time”, God came in man’s midst to set the record straight. The overarching story of the OT isn’t a vindictive, blood-thirsty, murderous, genocide commanding, infanticide committing god who suddenly got nice one day but rather it’s about a people who projected their own darkened-“fallenness” onto God as they believed Him to be just like them. And the NT story is God came in Person to show/tell exactly what He is eternally like. Jesus came to perfectly display God’s Image so mankind would no longer try to make God in their own image.
Much of the purpose of the fully inspired Old Testament scriptures is to reveal what God is not like against the backdrop of what He is precisely like as revealed by God Almighty Himself in the Flesh: Jesus.
-Matt. 11:27 – All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
-John 1:18 – No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
-John 14:9 – He who has seen Me has seen the Father…
-Col. 2:16-17 – Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
-Heb. 1:3 – And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature…