This is the first book in the “The Gospel According to The Old Testament” series that I have read. The series’ main goal is to show how the whole bible was given to us for one purpose - God wanted us to hear the good news of what He has done for man. The Old Testament points to Christ and what He did in the cross, resurrection, and ascension. What was shadow in the Old becomes the reality in the New.
Here, Duguid takes us through the life of Joseph and shows us it's relation to Christ and the Christian life. Most think of Joseph as almost perfect, but the author shows us that there were things he did wrong that caused many of his troubles, especially in his early life.
We can take comfort that we do not have to be perfect for God to work in our situation. We see the struggles Joseph went through and how God used those hard times to accomplish His purposes. We see God working through impossible situations.
A look at the Chapter headings gives an understanding of the theme of the book:
1. Hope for Dysfunctional Families (Genesis 37:1–11)
2. Shattered Dreams (Genesis 37:12–36)7
3. A Breakthrough for Victims and Sinners (Genesis 38)
4. God’s Wonderful Plan (Genesis 39)
5. When Hope Gets Put on Hold (Genesis 40)
6. Becoming Fruitful in the Land of Your Affliction (Genesis 41)
7. Reunion or Reconciliation? (Genesis 42)
8. Making Peace (Genesis 43)
9. Reconciled at Last (Genesis 44:1–45:15)
10. From Famine to Fortune (Genesis 45:16–46:27)
11. Better Than We Deserve (Genesis 46:28–47:31)
12. Famous Last Words (Genesis 47:28–48:22)
13. Mixed Blessings (Genesis 49:1–28)
14. Dead and Buried? (Genesis 49:29–50:26)
Throughout the book, Duguid gives us hope in our own lives that the situations we struggle with are being used by God for our good. What we see as a setback, God is using to progress our lives to the ultimate goal He has in mind.
I enjoyed this book. It is written in an easy-to-read style and contains some good information.
I recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I received this book, free of charge, from P&R Publishing Company and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.