Thus, the New Testament introduces “surprise” elements. The Old Testament leads up to the New Testament but does not allow us to see beforehand what the New Testament reveals. Consequently, the New Testament leads to a reevaluation and rereading of the Old Testament. Having seen and experienced “the end of the story,” we look back to the earlier parts of the story with deeper insights into their significance. The change at times may be as radical as what happened to Saul of Tarsus on the Damascus road. He had been a persecutor of the church and of what he interpreted as false messianic claims. Christ turned his world upside down by announcing from heaven: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5). Saul had to reread the Old Testament and reevaluate what he thought he knew, on the basis of this spectacular undermining of his beliefs.” Vern Poythress

(Photographic art by Iguana Joe)