Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

13 Apr

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46-47)

Wait, Moses wrote about Jesus? But Moses wrote from Genesis all the way to Joshua. Not only that, but Jesus hadn’t even been born yet, how could Moses have known about Him, much less written five books of the Bible about Him? No, surely Jesus must have meant to say that Moses got really close to writing about Him. But surely it can’t be that a decent sized part of the Old Testament was actually written about Jesus.

In all likely hood, you’ve heard the story of the garden of Eden. Now, there are a couple of popular points to this story: the fruit being eaten, Adam and Eve being cast out of the garden, the angel with the flaming sword, etc.. However, something the majority of people seem to forget, is this bit:

And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. (Genesis 3:21)

So, it could be said that events happened something like this: Adam and Eve sinned. When they sinned, they realized that they were naked, and attempted to clothe themselves, by their own effort. Yet, because of the sin they committed, they received the curse that comes with sin: death. Yet, then God comes and clothes them with a sacrifice (It’s true, there’s no record of a sacrifice. But when we see God clothing them with “skins”, we can safely assume an animal had to die.), and by that, their own works were done away with, and God no longer saw them, but the sacrifice. Even here, in the garden of Eden, we see Christ.

Again, when we look at Adam and Eve’s descendants, we can see Christ:

In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. (Genesis 4:3-5)

God had no regard for Cain’s offering: an offering of fruit; an offering of his own works. Yet Abel’s offering He accepted, because it was a blood sacrifice. He didn’t want works, He (God) wanted, to put as simply as possible, blood. God may not be a cruel God, but He is just: a life for a life. He doesn’t want works in exchange for a life, especially, especially when He’s already provided the other life; His own son.

Moses wrote of Jesus, and before we can truly benefit from God’s word, we have to first see His son.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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