And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:27
Dee Brestin’s The Jesus Who Surprises invites the student of the Word to walk on the Road to Emmaus with two of Jesus’ disciples. Not recognizing Jesus, they told Him that their hopes had been dashed when the One they thought was Israel’s Messiah had been crucified on the cross, buried, and now His body was missing.
As they walked, Jesus opened up the Scriptures to them. Brestin imagines the Scriptures that Jesus may have used.
A skilled storyteller, Brestin takes the reader on a 13-week walk through the Old Testament examining Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, and other Old Testament Scriptures that point to Jesus.
Oh, how the disciples’ hearts burned as Jesus revealed Himself in the Scriptures, and how my heart glowed with delight as I looked at familiar passages of Scripture with new eyes.
The book is divided into three sections:
- “How the Story Began,” walking through the Books of Moses.
- “How to Live in the Story,” understanding key Psalms.
- “How the Story Will End,” reading the prophets and Revelation.
Each week has an enlightening discussion about the Scriptures. Brestin applies them to our walk with Jesus and includes stories that grip the readers’ hearts. After the discussion, she provides an idea for additional resources, like a YouTube video. She also asks the reader to go on a “God Hunt,” recording how the reader “spied God when …” each day. She gives the reader five days of statements and questions that cause the student to meditate with increasing depth into the Old Testament Scriptures in relationship to the New Testament.
This Bible Study is perfect as an individual study as well as a small group study. Brestin even includes helps for the facilitator of a small group.
About the Author
Dee Brestin has written many books and Bible studies and is a best-selling author. She serves in prison ministries, hosts a weekly Bible study, and is a frequent speaker at women’s conferences.
Gracious Father, You are the God who surprises Your children with hidden delights. Thank You for using Dee Brestin to reveal Your dear Son in the Old Testament. What a blessing she is! Please continue to bless her and keep her in Your Word. Bless all the readers and make us more aware of Your presence in our lives as we “spy” You at work in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher for my honest review.