The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy (Mom’s Bookshelf)

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“For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of Me.” 
John 5:46

The Lamb of God: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is the second book from Nancy Guthrie’s Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series that I’ve had the privilege of working through. I’ve been eager to read more of these since I first reviewed The Promised One: Seeing Jesus in Genesis last year. 
I’ve been working through The Lamb of God alongside my Bible reading plan and it is fantastic! The format for this study is the same as in The Promised One. Each week (except the first week) begins with a “Personal Bible Study” section that guides the reader through the passage for the week with questions, charts, and related Scripture passages, followed by the meat of the study, called the”Teaching Chapter”. The teaching chapter is followed by a short section called “Looking Forward”, which is designed to show how what we’ve just studied gives insight into what is still to come when Christ returns. Finally, there’s a short discussion guide meant to be used in group studies.

The ten weeks cover:

  • A Prophet Like Me
  • Slavery and a Savior (Exodus 1-4)
  • Plagues and Passover (Exodus 5-12)
  • Salvation and Provision (Exodus 13-17)
  • The Giving of the Law (Exodus 19-24)
  • The Tabernacle (Exodus 25-40)
  • The Priesthood (Exodus 28-29)
  • Sacrifice and Sanctification (Leviticus)
  • In the Wilderness (Numbers)
  • Love and Obey (Deuteronomy)

As you can see, the majority of the book (seven of ten weeks) is spent on the book of Exodus, and just like in the first volume, it continually ties every passage to the larger story of redemption. The continuity of Scripture is something I think is absolutely essential to grasp. It’s not a series of disconnected events, stories, and writings, but one big story pointing to Jesus Christ. The events of the Exodus, the giving of the Law, the tabernacle and entire sacrificial system, all point to the coming Redeemer, down to the last detail, and Nancy Guthrie shows this in a clear, insightful, and incredibly edifying way. The weeks spent on the tabernacle, priesthood, and sacrificial system are phenomenal!

Throughout the history of his dealings with Israel, God provided his people with context and categories they would need to understand Jesus. When he gave instructions for the tabernacle, the priesthood, and the sacrifices, he was not simply setting up a religious system that would be an end in itself. They were not means of worship that were replaced because they didn’t work out. They were always meant to be temporary. In the tabernacle, priesthood, and sacrifices, God was providing a framework, a set of categories, that would help his people to understand the ministry of Jesus when he came. In every aspect of the priesthood-calling, it’s clothing, it’s consecration and commission-we see shadows cast backward into Israel’s history by our Great High Priest, Jesus himself. (p. 172)

Just as with the first volume in the series, I give The Lamb of God my highest recommendation! Whether individually, with just one or two friends, or in a group setting, you will be blessed as you work through this study. I’m eager to see more volumes in the series, and can’t wait to dive into The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books, which is already available.

Thanks so much to Crossway Publishing for providing a review copy of this title to me. All opinions are my own.

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  1. I am going to have to check this one out!

  2. That sounds like such a great book! I'm adding it to my wishlist! So many books, so little time!

  3. So, I did Promised One with a group Bible Study of Reformed Baptist women. One thing we noticed was that there were a few places her covenantal and her amillenial views came into play in her writing. Is that the case with this book as well? While she never said anything overtly so, it was a niggling in those directions… In all, it was a very good study, and I learned a lot. I was just wondering if you noticed those couple of places in Promised One and if there were any in The Lamb of God.

    • Amy,Hmmmm…..I need to go back and look closer, but I think I recall a couple of places that this is probably the case. This doesn't bother me, but it's something some might want to be aware of. Did your group do the DVDs too? I'd love to see the DVDs!

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