Proclaiming the Kingdom
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Is the Old Testament still important for Christians? Some professing Christians like Andy Stanley are saying, “No,” but in a recent TGC post, I unpack a number of reasons why Christians must not see the Old Testament as irrelevant, unimportant, or insignificant. Instead, we must treat Jesus’s Bible like Jesus and the apostles did––as the word of God for the church, when read in the light and through the lens of Christ. Books like Leviticus, Judges, and Psalms point to Christ and are a foundational part of the Scripture that is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). In the Old Testament we meet the same God as in the New, and through it we can magnify the hope of the gospel. See my “Ten Reasons the Old Testament Is Important for Christians” to learn how the initial three-fourths of the Christian Scripture was written for us. read more…
Tachick, Christopher S. “King of Israel” and “Do Not Fear, Daughter of Zion”: The Use of Zephaniah 3 in John 12. Reformed Academic Dissertations. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2018.
As a professor, I so delight when I see my former students reach milestones. Christopher S. Tachick received his MA at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his ThM at Bethlehem College & Seminary, and he is a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators, where he serves as a translation consultant with Seed Company. Recently, Chris published his exceptional ThM thesis, and I am thrilled to endorse it as model of a study in the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament.
Bethlehem College & Seminary celebrates the rigorous life of the mind for the glory of the divine Son, by whom, through whom, and for whom all things were created (Col 1:16). Ten years ago John Piper catapulted the school into existence with his message “‘The Earth Is the Lord’s’: The Supremacy of Christ in Christian Learning,” which became Appendix 1 in Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010). At this 10th anniversary, the school recently hosted a conference titled Think Revisited, and during it I presented a message titled “Thinking How to See and Savor the Divine Son in All of Scripture.” read more…
A Prayer of Praise
Holy Father, you know best,
Sowing rest. Though we are pressed,
You still bless and only test
To make us more true.
You never tire or expire.
Your fire purifies desire.
You require but ever inspire.
We admire our supplier
Who replaces old with new. read more…
In this 1 hour 45 minute lecture, DeRouchie invites the listener to read the Old Testament through the light and lens of Jesus Christ. He reviews the scope of the entire Bible and then encourages the listener to pursue Jesus in the pages of the Scriptures he used while on earth.
In this 1 hour lecture, DeRouchie invites the listener into the beauties of the Book of Ruth and shows how the drama anticipates the work of Christ. DeRouchie’s says:
The book of Ruth’s placement before Psalms in Jesus’s Bible adds a messianic stamp to the book’s whole message of redemption, for Ruth is now read after the stories of Israel/Judah’s exile (Former Prophets) and after the prophetic voices (in the Latter Prophets) that extend into the period following initial restoration when there was once again no king in Israel and so many were doing what was right in their own eyes (so Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi). Thus, Ruth’s focus on Boaz of Bethlehem as a pointer to David of Bethlehem gives rise to the hope of a royal deliver from Bethlehem whose own life and work are then portrayed in the Psalms––a Davidic king who will restore people from exile and triumph over evil, though only through great tribulation.
A Prayer of Praise
Lord Christ, we gather this day in great hope of your greatness and what your sovereignty can mean for the billions of souls living in darkness. From Chicago to Beijing, you are progressively reclaiming cities and farms, mansions to squatters’ shacks for the sake of your name. It is very difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, yet all things are possible with you. Those considering suicide, those living on the dark side can find hope because you are light, and the light has overcome the darkness. You give joy to the sad, a home to the outcast, bread to the hungry, and strength to the weary. You are a good Savior who satisfies believing sinners, and we celebrate the life and hope and help you give us. We are needy, and you are our supply. read more…
Gentry, Peter J., and Stephen J. Wellum. Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.
Peter Gentry and Steve Wellum have produced the most extensive study of the biblical covenants published in over a century, arguing for what they call Progressive Covenantalism, a middle-way between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology. DeRouchie favorably but critically reviewed this book in the Bulletin of Biblical Research after using it as a text book in his 4th year MDiv biblical theology course. You can find a pdf of the review here, or you can read it below. read more…