Posted by: jamsco | March 13, 2013

The New Testament’s Favorite Old Testament Stories

The last time I read through the New Testament, I decided it might be fruitful and interesting to keep track of all of the occurrences where the author made reference to narratives in the Old Testament. And since this week’s fighter passage makes reference to the Great Cloud of Witnesses, I thought it would be an appropriate time to post the list. You’ll find them below.

But before that –

One disclaimer: This list doesn’t include bible verse references nor does to include those instances when an author simply names an OT character. So for example, this list doesn’t include Luke 10:12, but it does include Luke 17:29. It also doesn’t include most passages where Moses commanded or spoke something.

And A Few Notes:
-88 Story References
-From 16 Books of the New Testament
-Primary Places: Acts 7 and Hebrews 11
-31 Main Characters
-Character with Most References: Moses (21) — About a third of the stories are references to the Exodus.

On Wednesday nights I work with Kindergarteners and we teach them that God is the most important person in the Bible. This list bears this out. Click on the links – more often than not you will see references to God working through the people, or how the story tells us something about God, or how God is speaking to us through the story.

This list also gives evidence to the idea that Jesus liked/knew/understood the Old Testament.

Here’s the List – Please let me know if I missed any.

New  Testament References of Old Testament Stories

Order Reference Main Character Story
1 Matthew 8:4 Moses Commanded a Gift
2 Matthew 12:3 David Ate When He Was Hungry
3 Matthew 12:40 Jonah Three Days in the Whale
4 Matthew 12:41 Ninevah Repented at Jonah’s Preaching
5 Matthew 12:42 Solomon Visited by the Queen
6 Matthew 19:7-8 Moses Allowed Divorce
7 Matthew 22:42-45 David Calls the Christ Lord
8 Matthew 24:37-39 People in Noah’s Day Unaware Until the Flood came
9 Mark 2:25 David Eats When He’s Hungry
10 Mark 10:4 Moses Allowed Divorce
11 Mark 12:26 Moses Spoken To By God
12 Luke 4:25 Israel in the days of Elijah No Rain for Three Years
13 Luke 4:27 Israel in the days of Elisha Only Naaman Cured
14 Luke 6:3 David Eats When He’s Hungry
15 Luke 11:30 Ninevah Repented at Jonah’s Preaching
16 Luke 11:31 Solomon Visited by the Queen
17 Luke 17:26-27 People in Noah’s Day Unaware Until the Flood came
18 Luke 17:29 Sodom Destroyed By Fire and Sulfur
19 Luke 20:37 Moses He calls the Lord the God of the Patriarchs
20 John 3:14 Moses Moses holds up the serpent
21 John 4:5-12 Jacob Gives Joseph a Well
22 Acts 2:29-31 David David Sees Christ’s Resurrection
23 Acts 4:25 Abraham Abraham receives the blessing promise
24 Acts 7:2-7 Abraham Calling of Abraham
25 Acts 7:8 Isaac and Jacob Patriarchy
26 Acts 7:9-16 Joseph Joseph in Egypt
27 Acts 7:17-34 Moses Calling Of Moses – Burning Bush
28 Acts 7:36 Moses Escape From Egypt
29 Acts 7:35-36 Moses 40 Years in the Dessert
30 Acts 7:39-41 Moses Golden Calf
31 Acts 7:45 Joshua Conquering Of Canaan
32 Acts 7:45-46 David Wanting to Build the Temple
33 Acts 7:47 Solomon Building the Temple
34 Acts 13:17 Nation of Israel Escape From Egypt
35 Acts 13:18 Nation of Israel 40 Years in the Dessert
36 Acts 13:19 Nation of Israel Conquering Of Canaan
37 Acts 13:20 Samuel Judges in Israel
38 Acts 13:21 Saul Saul Made King
39 Acts 13:22 David David Made King
40 Romans 4:1-5 Abraham Abraham justified by faith
41 Romans 4:18-19 Abraham Miraculous Birth Of Isaac
42 Romans 5:12 Adam Adam sinned
43 Romans 9:8-9 Abraham Miraculous Birth Of Isaac
44 Romans 9:10-12 Isaac Birth of Jacob and Esau
45 Romans 11:2 Elijah Appealed To God Against Israel
46 1 Cor 10:1-4 People of Israel Crossing the Red Sea and Sin at Sinai
47 2 Cor 3:7-18 Moses Moses Bringing the Ten Commandments
48 Galatians 3 Abraham Promise and Blessing given to Abraham
49 Galatians 4:21 Abraham Two Sons with Hagar and Sarah
50 2 Timothy 3:8 Moses Opposed by Pharaoh’s Magicians
51 Hebrews 3:15 Moses People’s Rebellion
52 Hebrews 4:1 God God Resting on the Sabbath
53 Hebrews 7:1 Abraham Abraham is blessed by Melchizedek
54 Hebrews 8:5 Moses Makes the Tent
55 Hebrews 9:1-10 Moses Moses and the Tabernacle
56 Hebrews 9:11ff Moses Moses and the priesthood
57 Hebrews 11:3 God God Created the World
58 Hebrews 11:4 Abel Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice
59 Hebrews 11:5 Enoch Enoch taken up to heaven
60 Hebrews 11:7 Noah Noah Builds an Ark
61 Hebrews 11:8-10 Abraham Abraham goes to the Promised Land
62 Hebrews 11:11-12 Abraham Abraham & Sarah Conceiving
63 Hebrews 11:17-19 Abraham Abraham sacrifices Isaac
64 Hebrews 11:20 Isaac Isaac blessed his sons
65 Hebrews 11:21 Jacob Jacob blessed his sons
66 Hebrews 11:22 Joseph Joseph prophesies the Exodus
67 Hebrews 11:23 Moses Moses hidden from Pharaoh
68 Hebrews 11:24-26 Moses Moses refuses to be called Pharaoh’s son
69 Hebrews 11:27 Moses Moses runs from Egypt
70 Hebrews 11:28 Moses Moses keeps the Passover
71 Hebrews 11:29 Israelite Nation Israelites cross the Dead Sea
72 Hebrews 11:30 Israelite Nation Israelite Nation destroys Jericho
73 Hebrews 11:31 Rahab Rahab welcomes the spies
74 Hebrews 12:16 Esau Esau sells his birthright
75 Hebrews 12:18-21 Moses Moses afraid of the presence of God
76 James 2:21 Jacob Sacrifice of Isaac
77 James 5:11 Job Job is steadfast
78 James 5:17-18 Elijah Elijah prays for no rain
79 1 Peter 3:6 Sarah Sarah called Abraham Lord
80 1 Peter 3:20 Noah Noah and his family saved by God in the Ark
81 2 Peter 2:5 Noah Noah and his family saved by God in the Ark
82 2 Peter 2:6-8 Lot Saved in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
83 2 Peter 2:15-16 Balaam Rebuked by a donkey
84 1 John 3:12 Cain Cain murders Abel
85 Jude 5 Israelite Nation Israelite Nation saved out of Egypt by Jesus
86 Jude 7 Sodom and Gomorrah Sodom and Gomorrah punished by eternal fire
87 Jude 14 Enoch Enoch prophesied warning
88 Rev 2:14 Balaam Taught Balak to trip up Israel



In case you’re curious, here is a list of other posts on my blogs which show a whole category of items from the Bible.


  1. The crossing of the Red Sea and the rebellion at Sinai and in the desert mentioned in 1 Corinthians 10:1-10.

  2. Great list! Don’t forget about Hebrews 12:18-21 which talks about Exodus 19:7-20! That’s my favorite scripture to read before meeting to worship.

  3. Great stuff…thank you for sharing. I’ve filed away and shared it. God bless.

  4. Great list!
    Thank you for posting it.
    God bless.

  5. Great list, but I noticed you had Moses blessed by Melchizedek, that was Abraham Gen 14:17-20 (or Abram at that time). Great list non the less.

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  7. Thanks for you suggestions and edits. I’ve added them.

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