``Scarlet Thread of Redemption'': Part 1 (OT)

The whole Bible is not 66 separate books, but one book with a consistent message throughout. Although transcribed by many different authors in different countries with different styles across over a thousand years, the Bible is inspired by the One God, and the whole Bible contains the message of Jesus' substitutionary sacrifice for us. This consistent message woven throughout the Bible has been called the "Scarlet Thread of Redemption".

1) PENTATEUCH (Gen-Deut) (~4000BC-1400BC)

What was the first bloodshed in all of creation? Flip through Genesis chapter 3, particularly verses 6-7 and 21. Where in this chapter is Jesus mentioned?

Flip to Exodus chapter 12, particularly verses 3, 5-7, and 12-13. Did God have trouble keeping track of who was Israelite and who was Egyptian? Why did he have the Israelites do the blood-painting thingy?

Now go one chapter over: Exodus 13:11-16. Whom do the firstborn sons belong to? What's the other option given besides "redeeming" them?

2) HISTORY books (Josh-Esth) (~1400BC-600BC)

Flip to Ruth 2:17-20. Was Ruth a native Israelite or a foreigner? What's a kinsman-redeemer? Why is this love story in the Bible? What's the parallel with Jesus?


3) WISDOM books (Job-Songs) (~1000BC-600BC)

Flip to Psalm 22:1-5. Who quotes this passage in the New Testament? In fact, a whole ton of stuff in this psalm appears in the NT; how many references can you find?

4) Major (Isa-Dan) and minor (Hos-Mal) PROPHETS (~1000BC-600BC)

Flip to Isaiah 53:1-6. Keep in mind this was written 700 years before Jesus was born!
A non-Christian friend of mine once said, "It offends me to think that somebody had to die for me." Why do you think she said that?