I was researching a book I was writing a few years ago when I got sidetracked by my own curiosity.
The book became “The Restitution of All Things: Israel, Christians and the End of the Age,” but, as I was searching and studying the Hebrew Scriptures, I kept running into the Gospel.
I started wondering if the Gospel could be found in all 39 books of what we call the “Old Testament.”
I searched for a book on the subject. Couldn’t find one – not among the old classics or new. I made a mental note to research further when I had more time.
Couldn’t find anything later. So, I thought, “Well, the Gospel must not be in every book. I mean, we’ve had nearly 2,000 years to find it. Surely, if it were there, someone would have found it – and written the book.”
But I decided to start rereading the Hebrew Scriptures from Genesis to Malachi. I probably got through Ruth and concluded I should take a break and start reading the books where I would be least likely to find the Gospel message of redemption. It was too easy in the first eight.
I listed the least likely as Song of Solomon and Ecclesiastes, and restarted my search in those books. I won’t say it was easy. I won’t say the Gospel leaped off the pages of those books. But I found it. The I began my book-by-book research again. I wasn’t writing, just taking notes.
When I was satisfied I had found at least traces, hints, foreshadows of the Gospel in every book, I got down to writing “The Gospel in Every Book of the Old Testament,” a title I thought would do several things:
- Establish without question that the Bible is one continuous, fully integrated story, from Creation to the fall to redemption and restoration;
- Provide new evidence that the Bible is a thoroughly miraculous book that could only have been compiled through the inspiration of God;
- Attract believers back to the Hebrew Scriptures and provide a guide through them with a fresh new study that would increase their faith and reintroduce them to books they were likely not immersed in already.
This post originally appeared on WND News Center.
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