One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when the resurrected Jesus interrupts two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The two disciples were talking about what had just happen to Jesus and they were sad. Jesus walks up and ask what are y’all talking about? Those disciples look at him and ask where have you been? Don’t you know what has happened in Jerusalem? Not knowing it was Jesus, because he was hidden from them.
Jesus proceeds to give the greatest Bible study ever to these two disciples. Luke tells us,
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. – Luke 24:27
Jesus opened the Old Testament and explained how it all pointed to Himself, even Old Testament Narratives.
On Focus Friday, Art Azurdia does a masterful job on explaining and displaying how to preach Christ through the Old Testament Narratives using the book of Ruth and Genesis 39 as examples.
He provides for us three homilitical and interpretive principles to help guide us in preaching Christ through the Old Testament Narratives.
1) Narratives are historical accounts that have been shaped by theological agendas and cast in artistic forms.
2) Narratives, like the entirety of the Old Testament have been designed by the Holy Spirit to point us to Jesus Christ
3) Narratives need to be understood in their ever expanding canonical context.
He goes on to explain the levels of the narrative:
- Individual narrative- There is the immediate story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz.
- Major narrative-This is how the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz fits in the overall story of the people of Israel.
- Ultimate Narrative- This is how the story of Naomi, Ruth and Boaz fits in the overarching story of God redeeming a people for himself through Jesus.
I highly recommend and encourage you to listen, it will benefit you immensely.
Preaching Christ through the Old Testament Narratives by Art Azurdia