Tweeting the Old Testament on Good Friday


This past Good Friday, I tweeted a line from Genesis that spoke of the cross of the Christ.  It’s the first sign-pointer telling us of Jesus’ death for sinners, bearing God’s wrath against their sin.  As the day rolled on, I begin finding such verses from all the Old Testament books.  My goal was to find something that specifically pointed to the cross, not just the coming of Christ generically.  But, as the evening came, I was unable to finish all thirty-nine book as we were hosting a Secret Church simulcast event in our home.  I decided to come back to it later and finish up the remaining books.  So, here they are!

The Pentateuch

I will put enmity between…your offspring and her offspring; he shall crush your head & you shall bruise his heel (Gen 3:15)

The blood shall be a sign for you…It is the sacrifice of the LORD’s Passover (Ex 12:13-27; 1 Cor 5:7)

He shall make atonement for the Holy Place because of the uncleannesses of the people (Lev 16:16; Heb 9:11-14)

The LORD said to Moses “Make a fiery serpent & set it on a pole & everyone who…sees it shall live” (Num 21:8; Jn 3:14-15)

Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree (Deut 21:23; Gal 3:13-14)

Historical Books

Then the LORD turned from his burning anger (Josh 7:26; 1 Jn 2:1-2)

The LORD…saved them from the hand of their enemies…for the LORD was moved to pity (Jdg 2:18; Matt 1:21)

Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer! (Ruth 4:14; Gal 4:4)

If someone sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him? (1Sam 2:25; He 9:11-15)

He shall be to me a son…I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men (2 Sam 7:12-14)

This house will become a heap of ruins. Everyone passing by it will…say, ‘Why has the Lord done this?’ (1 Ki 9:8; Jn 2:19)

They did wicked things, provoking the Lord to anger (2 Kings17:11; Rom 5:8)

You shall be shepherd of my people Israel & you shall be prince over my people Israel (1 Chrn 11:2; Jn 10:11)

The Lord your God is gracious & merciful & will not turn away his face from you, if you return to him (2 Chr 30:9; Phil 2:8-9)

Our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has mounted up to the heavens (Ezr 9:6; Heb 9:14)

Our God turned the curse into a blessing (Neh 13:2; Gal 3:13-14)

For he sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace to all his people (Esther 10:3; 1 Pet 1:2)

Wisdom & Poetry

Can mortal man be in the right before God? (Job 4:17 ; 2 Cor 5:21)

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?  (Ps 22:1)

Rescue those who are being taken away to death (Prov 24:11; 1 Tim 1:15)

God will bring every deed into judgment (Ecc 12:14)

His banner over me was love (Song 2:4; 1 John 3:16)

The Prophets

He was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities (Isa 53:5)

I will make a new covenant… For I will forgive their iniquity & I will remember their sin no more (Jer 31:31-34; Matt 26:28)

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath (Lam 3:1)

Cry out and wail, son of man, for it is against my people (Ezek 21:12)

And a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den (Dan 6:17)

Shall I ransom them from the power of Sheol?  Shall I redeem them from Death? (Hos 13:14; Rom 6:3-4)

And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved  (Joel 2:32)

For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins (Amos 5:12; Rom 5:8)

Do not gloat over the day of your brother in the day of his misfortune  (Obad 12; Matt 27:33-44)

Salvation belongs to the LORD! (Jon 2:9; Matt 1:21)

And he shall be their peace (Mic 5:2-5; Rom 4:24-5:1)

Who can stand before his indignation?  Who can endure the heat of his anger? (Nah 1:6; Rom 3:25)

Why do you idly…and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he? (Hab 1:13)

The Lord has taken away the judgments against you (Zeph 3:15)

I am about to shake the heavens and the earth… I will take you…and make you like a signet ring, for I have chosen you (Hag 2:21-23)

I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day (Zech 3:9; Heb 10:11-14)

“I have loved you,” says the Lord (Mal 1:2; John 15:13)



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