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March 10th, 2011

Some OT References to Good News

In the Old Testament when "good news" or "good tidings" are spoken of, what do these messages look like?
news of:victory, freedom, salvation (Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15)freedom from sin (John 8:33-34; Luke 1:74)
news of:peace (Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15)peace with God (John 3; Luke 1:74-75)
news of:revelation of God (Isaiah 40:9)Jesus (John 1:1-3, 1:14, 14:9)
news to:the poor (Isaiah 61)who are the poor (Isaiah 66:2; Rev 3:17; Psalm 40:17, Matt 5:3)

Old Testament prophecy study

Since I'm still growing familiar with the Old Testament, I find it a bit challenging to thoroughly understand the prophecies that Christ fulfilled during his first coming. How can I better understand these prophecies and their fulfillment? Perhaps I need to study prophecies that have both been given and fulfilled in the Old Testament?

Questions to ask myself:

1. How did God give these prophecies? (what do they sound like? what might they look like in their fulfillment?)
2. How does God teach us that they were fulfilled? (what actually happened?)
3. How do these compare to the New Testament?

Now I just need to find a list to get me started!

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