Preaching Christ from the Old Testament
A couple of helpful resources, the first of which I found by way of recommendation many moons ago, and the second of which I just found today.
While I would recommend tracking down audio of this material (which I think he has preached at a Banner of Truth Conference in the US), Ted Donnelly has given nine directives (the first version I heard had only six, so he is obviously developing this as he goes) that help us to preach Christ from the Old Testament:
- Face up to the predispositions.
- Follow the pattern.
- Cultivate the perspective.
- Grasp the plot.
- Look for the promise.
- Explore the parallels.
- Apply the precedents.
- Watch the pendulum.
- Love the person.
Sinclair Ferguson has also written a Proclamation Trust pamphlet on this topic, subtitled “Developing a Christ-centred instinct.” Insisting that you need an instinct for this rather than a formula, he provides four pointers:
- The relationship between promise and fulfilment.
- The relationship between type and antitype.
- The relationship between the covenant and Christ.
- Proleptic [anticipatory] participation and subsequent realisation.
Having preached yesterday on Exodus 17, I am at once corrected and directed and encouraged by the insights of these masters of their craft.