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David and Goliath is not about Jesus

This is a helpful article that explains the danger of “finding Christ in every text of Scripture,” when many texts, especially in the Old Testament, were never intended to be taken this way.

In essence, the Christocentric hermeneutic attempts to find Christ as the subject or topic of every text. It desires to show that every text relates directly to Christ. Which is why some say it is the only true Christian preaching. The problem ensues when the Christocentric hermeneutic applies that mindset to texts that don’t call for it. Some of the results should make you feel a little bit uncomfortable. For example, the Christocentric hermeneutic has argued the darkness that surrounded Abraham at the fo

Source: Should We Preach Christ from Every Text? – The Master’s Seminary

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

2 Responses to David and Goliath is not about Jesus

  1. Perhaps this emphatic statement is a Bridge too far. Reading the authors perspective , I can understand the dangers he is warning about, but are you saying, Scott, that the story of David and Goliath is not there pointing Israelites ahead to Christ and allowing us to see him in the shadows as we look back? Is your headline meant to provoke thought and warning us about reading too much into the story, or to state unequivocally that these stories are to be understood only in their historical context without the benefit of the NT? If Jesus said the OT Scriptures testify of him, shouldn’t we endeavor at some level does seek to find him there?

  2. No, I do not believe that the narrative of David and Goliath is there is to point Isrealites to Christ. Of course their are Messianic implications of that narrative since David is the forefather of Messiah, and it’s certainly appropriate to point out those connections, but that is not its point in the biblical storyline.

    Yes, OT Scriptures testify to Christ, but not every narrative is about him at that specific a level.

    Neither should we interpret David and Goliath in a moralistic fashion, as has so often been done. There needs to be something in the middle, where the text is interpreted on its own merit and within the storyline of God’s dealings with his people and establishing David as king.

    And no, disagree completely with Stetzer’s post.

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