This title is actually not necessarily a book to read, but more a Bible study to participate in.
Guthrie divides the chapters into different parts, if you will, to make up a whole week’s worth of study. To accompany this text is teaching videos available from Crossway. This study is intended to get the participant to start thinking on the subject, not frustrate them with a beginning lack of knowledge.
There is a Scripture section, where the participant reads Scripture and responds to prompts. Following that is a teaching chapter dedicated to Guthrie explaining the chunk of Scripture being examined. The video content is the same as the book content – just a matter of personal preference of the individual and/or group. Then there is a part called Looking Forward, where Guthrie takes what has been studied and applies it to what will come when Christ returns.
This study is about the Lamb of G-d, being Christ, as presented in the early Old Testament books, as well as in Revelation. Guthrie’s assertion is that the lamb is the image of sacrifice, and Y’shua is our Lamb sacrificed for our sins. Y’shua can be seen throughout the Old Testament, especially in the books by Moses. The purpose is to find Y’shua in the Old Testament, and identify the character and completeness of Christ in this respect. Our purpose in this study: to read, and understand, what Y’shua truly meant, when He said,
“If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me.”
Seeing the words about Christ, the story of slavery and salvation, the importance of Passover, provision, the giving of the Law, the Tabernacle, the Priesthood, sanctification, and more all look to Christ for completion and purpose, as He relates back to them. That’s what Guthrie addresses.
Like any study, it is all about user preference. Does the topic interest you? Do you agree or disagree with the theological viewpoints presented? Why or why not? When it comes to studying the Bible, it is often not so much the writing style, as it is the material to be covered. Guthrie covers an important topic that is often unaddressed, and does so with Scriptural support. So then the challenge is to read what Guthrie writes, and determine your own interpretation of the text. Once that is accomplished, the challenge to the reader is to then compare notes and grow in spiritual maturity by reasoning which is correct, and biblically defending that stance.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.