The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the ProphetsNancy Guthrie
"We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth." (John 1:45) In the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through prophets--men specially called to speak God's Word to his people. The New Testament makes it clear that such prophet... Read More
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- Release Date: May 31, 2014
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- Great Guide for Studying the Old Testament Prophets by Laura Langley on 4/28/2014
Many people avoid the Old Testament prophets because they can’t relate to them or find them strange. But author and Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie says in her new book, The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets, that “the whole Scripture is ‘breathed out by God’” and we shouldn’t leave out the prophets just because they might be difficult.
In The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets, Guthrie leads readers through a ten-week Bible study focusing on the Old Testament books of Jonah, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah, Habakkuk, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Malachi. Each week’s study includes personal Bible study, a teaching chapter, and a discussion guide for small groups. Additionally, each week’s study ends with a special section Guthrie titled, “Looking Forward” which helps readers see how what they studied offers insight into what they can look forward to when Christ returns. (Readers will be glad to know that teaching videos are available for purchase separately.)
In the introduction Guthrie helps readers understand Old Testament prophetic literature. She points to the many references throughout the Old Testament Prophets when “the word of the Lord came” to a prophet, and she defines prophets as men “called by God to be spokesmen for God.” Guthrie goes on to help readers overcome some difficulties to reading the Old Testament and understand why reading the prophetic books is important.
In The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets, Guthrie provides readers with a biblically sound Bible study. She includes challenging questions that stretch readers and make them dig deeper into God’s Word. Obviously one of her goals is to get readers to study the Old Testament Prophets themselves and not simply spoon feed them. I appreciate that, because we live in a generation that seems to be biblically illiterate. The only way to remedy that is to learn to study the Bible for ourselves and put in the hard work it takes. Guthrie certainly helps readers to do that. I also appreciated the fact that Guthrie focuses on Jesus throughout the book. As New Testament believers, we do interpret the Old Testament in light of Jesus, and she gives readers a great example of how to do that.
Additionally, Guthrie’s teaching chapters are biblically sound, and she helps readers see things they might not have noticed before. She brings fresh insights straight from God’s Word, staying away from her own ideas and opinions. Finally, I find the discussion questions at the end of each chapter to be ideal for getting discussions started and encouraging readers to interact with the biblical text while interacting with other Bible students. God designed us to live in community and the discussion guides help make the most of that time together in small groups.
The Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets is part of the series, “Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament” which also includes:
The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis
The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy
The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books
The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books.
A free leader’s guide is available for download at: http://www.SeeingJesusintheOldTestament.com.
About the Author
Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and is currently working on the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.
* Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher for this review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.