CBCNC Youth 3Apr2005: ``Scarlet Thread of Redemption''

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)

Flip to Exodus 12:3, 5-7, 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?

Also flip to 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 53:4-6. Keep in mind this was written 700 years before Jesus was born!

5) GOSPELS (Mat-John) and ACTS (1st cent. AD)

Flip to John 6:53-56. Are you grossed out? What does Jesus mean?

6) PAULINE EPISTLES (Rom-Phil) (1st cent. AD)

Flip to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Whom does my right arm belong to? What about my computer? My video games? DVDs?

7) Other EPISTLES (Heb-Jude) (1st cent. AD)

Flip to Hebrews 9:13-14; also see v22. What was the point of the Old Testament sacrifices of cows and sheep? Did it make them clean from their sins? What's different about Jesus?

8) REVELATION (1st cent. AD)

Flip to Revelation 5:6-14. Who is the Lamb and why was he allowed to open the scroll? (extra: what does opening the scroll represent, in the context of the next three chapters?)