Someone has pictured the Old Testament as being like a darkened room filled with furniture and objects that its ancient readers could only guess at. They grope around in the darkness wondering what is in that picture on the wall, or precisely what purpose this object has. When Jesus comes, it is as if he flings open the curtains and the light floods in. For the New Testament writers, there are a whole series of “of course!” moments, as the true meaning of many puzzling texts becomes clear.

Explore Bible notes, 18/4/2017