Reading the New Testament but not the Old is like trying to read in the dark.
‘Then he rolled up the scroll (Isaiah), gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:20-21 NIV
Nobody takes a novel, rips it in half and, discarding the first part, begins in the middle. It wouldn’t make any sense! And yet many focus on the New Testament as if it ‘the bit that really matters’.
The Old Testament tells a story that finds in fulfillment in Christ. Without it we wouldn’t know that…
Jesus is ‘the offspring’ of Eve that crushes the serpents head, or that
Jesus is the ark who protects the chosen from judgment, or that
Jesus is the true and greater Isaac, deeply loved by the Father, but offered willingly as a sacrifice.
Jesus understood these things and read the Old Testament (what else did he have?) with a keen insight that He is the reality to which all the sacrifices, festivals, stories and prophecies consistently point. He is the true temple who makes his home with us.