How To Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens Book Review

Posted: July 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

This is a great little book. I would recommend using it as a tour guide when reading through the Bible in a year to remain focused. It would also be beneficial especially when going through the Old Testament to see forward as the hope of Christ is progressively revealed.

I would not recommend this volume for those looking for an exhaustive explanation of each book of the Bible. It only highlights the themes of the books as well as gives explanations as to how each points to Christ. Williams also develops some good thought-provoking questions for further reflection as well as “hook” questions to give the reader the necessary nudge he/she may need to reflect upon a passage a little more before pursuing onward.

Williams does a great job developing a theology of Christology throughout Scripture without voiding progressive revelation. Although there are rare occasions where the author does seem to stretch his theory a little thin.

The author also does a great job in helping readers look at Scripture through a contemporary perspective. Giving interpretive insights into the books and maintaining their historical integrity, he accurately issues forth principles from the text which can be spiritually beneficial for contemporary readers.

One really nice element of the book is that Williams gives a very detailed, yet concise introduction to each book highlighting the essential composition of the book. He also densely compacts the thematic element of each book in a nice summary sentence. This can assist the reader in keeping a simple theme in mind as they read the book looking for how that theme develops throughout the book.

My focal point was the book of Genesis. I chose to review the book in light of Genesis because I believe there lies the foundation of Scripture. The beginnings. We note from this book that God’s creation was created perfect. Man fell yet God still desired to have a relationship with him. Even as man did not pursue God after his initial sin, God sought after him. Even though He was the One offended, He went after man. The love of God is so evident in the book of Genesis. It was an incredible experience to look at how this points to Christ.

As we look into this ancient book through the Jesus lens we are able to earmark certain narratives which deliberately pinpoint forward to Jesus. As we do so our hearts are pricked to recognize the certain fact that nothing takes God by surprise. It did not surprise Him when Adam and Eve succumbed to the wicked lure of the enemy in the Garden. God did not have to resort to a Plan B to take these new turn of events into consideration. No, by His sovereignty, this was all part of His plan. He is well aware of all the things that go on throughout history before they occur. Therefore, He had the plan worked out before the actual events came into the actual historical narrative. There is no, “well, if this occurs, then I will respond this way.” No, it is all taken into His consideration and the conclusion has already been planned.

I really appreciate this perspective of interactive reading. Sometimes it can become easy to get wrapped up in the narratives and lose sight of God’s overall purpose behind Scripture. All Scripture is to point us to our need for a Savior. The accounts of the Israelite’s following with reckless abandon and in the next sentence brazenly disobeying God give us a mirror in which to see our own fickleness in our relationship to God. It points us to promise. God has promised to make way for a Savior. We in our sin have no good quality in which to offer God to accept us. We have nothing in which to barter with. Yet, even as we carefully read in Genesis as to how God carefully plans and coordinates the various historical events, He is coordinating the way in which we can still maintain a relationship with God. And He is pointing us to the Savior through the workings of many complicated plots and sub-plots which also provides evidence of His grace, love, and mercy.

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