Before restarting this series, I am including a short summary of the books from Genesis through Esther. Today’s post includes the books of Moses-Genesis through Deuteronomy.
The seed promised in Gen. 3:15 began with one.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
It gives birth to the nation, Israel, whereby Messiah would be born, live, die, be resurrected and reign forever. The plan fully extended to the Gentiles, thereby fulfilling God’s promise to Abraham.
“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing; And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12:2,3.
Jesus, Messiah, is the seed of Abraham, the door to salvation as the Lamb of God, the promise of life and our coming King all glimpsed in Genesis to be revealed as we travel with Jesus through the scriptures to eternity.
A people born in Genesis are delivered in Exodus to become God’s own people. A tabernacle is erected depicting the sacrifice of Jesus, the door to God, and the presence of God with all who believe.
“This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD; where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee.” Exodus 29:42
“This shall be a continual burnt offering…Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb. 10:9,10.
“…at the door of the tabernacle…where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee…Behold I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me… God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ…and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (Rev. 3:20; 1Cor. 1:9; 1John 1:3b).
Offerings take center stage. Only one will do.
“If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him…and he shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests…shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.” Lev. 1:3-5.
The Offering: Burnt-Completely poured out:
- Christ…“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil 2:8
Without blemish: Fulfills God’s requirement for holiness.
- Christ…“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world…And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” 1John 2:2;3:5.
Voluntary, a choice of submitting one’s will.
- Christ… “I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again…” John 10:17-18.
The one offering is identified with the sacrifice by placing his hand on the animals head.
- Christ is the offering…”For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”Heb. 10: 14.
Its blood is sprinkled at the door of the tabernacle. The only way its atonement is acceptable to God is when it is received.
- Christ…”For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”Matt. 26:28
“A picture is worth a thousand words.” The Lord God gives us both. Do you want to see Jesus? Look in the book. You will find His portrait painted in Genesis’ seed of promise, Exodus’ Passover Lamb, and Leviticus’ High Priest.
Christ is the bread from heaven.
“But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes…Num. 11:6; I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of the bread, he shall live for ever and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51
Christ is the Rock flowing with living water.
“And Moses lifted up his hand, and with the rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also…Num.20:11; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 1Cor. 10:4.
Christ is the crucified Savior.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived…Num.21:9; And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14,15.
God promises a Prophet…
“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken…I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deuteronomy 18:15,18
Jesus is the Prophet who declares God to the world that will hear.
“a Prophet…of thy brethren…Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world…God…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son….made like unto his brethren…”( John 6:14; Heb. 1:2,17b).
“…he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him… For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” (John 8:28-29;12:49-50).
There are many more portraits of Christ in Moses’ books. If you would like to read more of my posts from these books I’ve listed them below. For greater insight, read God’s telling and be blessed. For now, remember God planned for us to be His throughout eternity, to bless us with His goodness. He has provided all we need in Jesus Christ.
- Are you accepted God’s plan for your life or are you living according to your own plans? How is it working out for you?
Other Related Posts
Genesis: Do you believe the Unbelievable; How do You Smell? Walking with Jesus in Genesis
Exodus: Exodus, Who Are You Meant to Be; Heroes, Villains, and Your Heart; Why a Lamb?
Leviticus: Are You Cleansed; Have You Accepted the Challenge?
Numbers: Do You Want to See Him; Wandering in Failure or Wondering in Abundance; What Stands in Your Way; What Witness Follows You?
Deuteronomy: Preparing for the Test(1 & 2); Are You Living in the Shadows