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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Old and The New

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... two turtle doves....

We are all familiar with this song. There are all sorts of fun ledgends and stories as to the true meaning of this song.

The turtle doves have come to symbolize many things over the years; peace, love, sacrifice… just to name a few. They are also unique in that both the male and female share the incubation and feeding of the young. They both have their part to play in raising up their children. It is a bit fitting then, that some have even used them to represent the Old and New Testaments.

Both the Old and New Testament share in the incubation and feeding of the Lord’s children. The Old gives birth to the New and the New finds its stability in the Old. They work together in harmony to paint a beautiful picture of our life story in Christ; past, present and future.

There is no greater example of their unity found then when we study the birth of our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Old, foretells of a righteous King ( Jeremiah 23:5-6 ) that would shoot up from the stump of Jesse (Isaiah 11:1-5) , bind up the brokenhearted and proclaim freedom to the captives (Isaiah 61:1-2) and would rule over His kingdom as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6-7). The New breathes life into the foretold King. First as a babe; born of a virgin, placed in a trough. Later as a man crucified for the sins of the many. Finally as the risen Savior who sits as King at the right hand of God (Hebrews 1:3).

The Old gives way to the New.

Together, they give us the greatest story ever told.

Together, they mold and shape the story of Christ.

As we focus on the beauty of Christ during this season, let us not forget the greatly laid out foundation given in the Old Testament. For without the beginning, there would be no ending.


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Blogger Denise said...


December 22, 2009 at 7:38 AM  
Blogger I am blessed! said...

I've been writing a series of posts on my blog this month examining how the OT Scriptures point us to the coming of Christ. I think it's so exciting to see God's one unchanging plan in redemptive history and how it unfolds throughout the Old and New Testaments.

December 22, 2009 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous alisa said...

There are so many things that I love about both testaments. I can see that scarlet thread weave through both! Thank you for the turtle doves image. I will definitely use it!

December 22, 2009 at 8:36 AM  
Blogger Donetta said...

Urgent Prayer For Eddie (Love Bug)
I am typing this for Denise of Shortybears Place she is on the phone with me now

Eddie has had a stroke and is in hospital under observation. They were unable to get the stroke medication in time. So far they have done a CAT scan and a MRI and other test are being awaiting . His leg is effected. He is able to speak. This is written at 9:30 p.m. TN time

He is in Memorial Hospital Chattanooga TN. She is alone so if any friends are able please consider coming to her side. He is being moved to room momentarily.

This is written by Donetta of A Life Uncommon and she can be reached through me.

December 23, 2009 at 8:57 PM  

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