May 10, 2007, 2:57 pm
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

Think about this for a moment.

The events of the New Testament realization, as noted, afford validity and meaning to the Old Testament. They not only validate and explain; they are the ground and warrant for the revelatory and redemptive events of the Old Testament. … We have a particularly striking illustration in Matt. 2:15: ‘Out of Egypt have I called my son’. In Hosea 11:1 (cf. Num. 24:8) this refers to the emancipation of Israel from Egypt. But in Matthew 2:15 it is applied to Christ and it is easy to allege that this is an example of unwarranted application of Old Testament passages to New Testament events particularly characteristic of Matthew. But it is Matthew, as other New Testament writers, who has the perspective of organic relationship and dependence [between the testaments]. The deliverance of Israel from Egypt found its validation, basis, and reason in what was fulfilled in Christ. So the calling of Christ out of Egypt has the primacy as archetype, though not historical priority. In other words, the type is derived from the archetype or antitype. (John Murray, Collected Writings Vol. I, pg. 25-26)

In other words, the Old Testament calling of Israel out of bondage in Egypt pointed to and was derived from Christ being called out of Egypt (when He was taken there by Mary and Joseph to avoid death by Herod’s men).

For those interested, one of my favorite books is Redemption: Accomplished and Applied by John Murray. Buy it and read it. It will compel you to love God more and to love the completeness of our redemption in Christ.


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