Reading the Old Testament can seem like exploring an old, mysterious mansion, packed with all sorts of strange rooms. The creation room vast and sublime, the exodus room with hardhearted pharoahs and dried up seas. The war room, with bloody swords and crumbling walls. The tabernacle room, with smoking altars and dark inner sanctums. What does this odd and ancient world have to do with us, who are modern followers of Jesus? As it turns out, everything! Every chapter in the Old Testament, in a variety of ways, tells the story that culminates in Jesus our Savior. What Christians today call the Old Testament is what Jesus and the earliest Believers called the Scriptures. This was their Bible. From its pages they taught about the Messiah–His divine nature, His priestly work, and his ministry of salvation. My guest today is Chad Bird. We’ll discuss his book, The Christ Key: Unlocking the Centrality of Christ in the Old Testament. Chad Bird is a Scholar in Residence at 1517. He served as a pastor, professor, and guest lecturer in Old Testament and Hebrew. He holds Master’s Degrees from Concordia Seminary and Hebrew Union College. Chad has authored numerous books and speaks at conferences and congregations. Chad and his wife Stacy live in the Texas Hill Country.
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