Preview of Christ in the Pentateuch: Why You Should Come to My Workshop
“Why you should come to my workshop.” Yes, you read that correctly. This blog is the first in a series that you’ll read over the next couple of weeks about the workshops we will offer at the Verity Conference. Each of the teachers, beginning with me, are going to tell you what you’ll get if you come to our workshop – like a movie trailer. (Please pretend the rest of this blog is being read by that movie preview guy.) But - spoiler alert! - the other workshops are just as great.
Pentateuch is...the first five books of the Bible. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy.
So why should you come to my workshop? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one if it’s because you want to know what the Pentateuch is! I’ll settle that for you right now – it’ the first five books of the Bible. Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy.
Or perhaps it’s because you aren’t sure what those books are about. When you hear their titles, what pops into your head?
Maybe it’s a Sunday School memory of hearing stories of Old Testament figures – Noah, Abraham, Moses. It could be the long lists of laws. In the TV show Psych, Shawn Spencer recites his own take on the first few books: “Genesis, Exorcist, Leviathan…Do-the-right-thing!” I think that last one – “Do the right thing” – is often how we perceive this section of Scripture. It’s the part where God tells us what to do.
Jesus says that when we read it, we’re supposed to see that it’s about him. These five books are meant to point you to Jesus as your Savior.
But the New Testament has a different way of understanding the Pentateuch. It’s not just stories or laws. Jesus says that when we read it, we’re supposed to see that it’s about him. Specifically, he says it’s about his suffering and entering into glory. (Lk. 24:26-27) Paul says it contains the message of the gospel – justification by faith for all who believe. (Gal. 3:8) These five books are meant to point you to Jesus as your Savior. They teach you that salvation is found by placing your faith in him.
But how does the Pentateuch do that? That is what this workshop is designed to teach you.
Together, we’ll dive into how this all works:
- We will discuss how these books tie together. They really are one large story with a main theme.
- We’ll look closely at what the New Testament says about its message. As Christians we always read the Bible as whole, knowing that God has given us the entire book together. Scripture helps us interpret Scripture. We get to read from the perspective of knowing what Jesus has done.
- We will see how these books teach salvation by grace in Jesus. Through the promises about the Messiah and the contrast of the covenants with Abraham and Moses, we’ll celebrate what God has always been planning. You will leave equipped to understand the coherence of the books so you can delve into the details as you study and teach.
Join us! This workshop will help you delight in the first several hundred pages of your Bible. You will leave with the glorious knowledge that the beginning of your Bible is all about Jesus and how you can be saved in him. He is the reason you should come to my workshop.
Verity Conference 2016 was held on Oct. 7-8th. For more information on future Verity events, please visit our event page.