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Discover the Book - Dec. 9, 2008

  • 2008 Dec 09

Finding Christ in Genesis


We have found that we need a strategic grasp of the Bible because God's Word is TRUTH.


We also need to understand why God gave us these 66 inspired books. To understand why, turn with me to Luke 24:25-27. Here Jesus gives a seven-mile Bible study to those on the road to Emmaus. Note what He said THEY (the entire Old Testament) SPEAK (every book, every chapter, even every detail) OF ME (the Bible is Christ centered)!


Luke 24:25-27 Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.


In the thirty-nine Old Testament books, Christ is in the shadows, seen in analogies and in pictures. He is in types and rituals. He is prophesied and anticipated. The twenty-seven New Testament books complete the Old, revealing Christ in person, in truth and reality, in the present and acknowledged.




Here are but a few of the references to and types of Christ in Genesis:


THE CREATIVE WORD—Gen. 1:3; John 1:1–5; 2 Cor. 4:3–7;

THE LAST ADAM—Rom. 5; 1 Cor. 15:45;

THE SEED OF THE WOMAN—Gen. 3:15; Gal. 3:19; 4:4;


THE ARK OF NOAH AND THE FLOOD—Gen. 6–10; 1 Peter 3:18–22; MELCHIZEDEK—Gen. 14; Heb. 7–10;

ISAAC, THE CHILD OF PROMISE—Gen. 17; Gal. 4:21–31 (Isaac pictures Christ in his miraculous birth, his willingness to die, his “resurrection” [Heb. 11:19], and his taking of a bride. Of course, Jesus actually died and arose from the dead. In Isaac, these events were only symbolic.)

THE OFFERING OF ISAAC AND THE LAMB—Gen. 22:7–8; John 1:29; JACOB’S LADDER—Gen. 28:12; John 1:51;

JOSEPH—Gen. 37–50 (Rejected by His brothers; beloved of the Father; made to suffer unjustly; exalted to reign. Joseph’s brothers did not recognize him the first time they saw him, but they did recognize him the second time. So with Israel is their recognition of their Messiah.)


Pictures of Christ: The Covering of Adam & Eve


When Adam and Eve clothed themselves with handmade leaf coverings, and God covers them with coats of skins, God was teaching them that by the shedding of innocent blood they would be covered. The institution that we sometimes call the Levitical system can actually be traced to Genesis 3. This gives us more of an insight into Cain and Abel because the sacrifices were instituted in the garden prophetically pointing to the redeemer. Abel observed the system, Cain did not, he was offering the fruits of his own hands, in contrast to the offering by faith.


Pictures of Christ: The Offering of Isaac


Perhaps the most dramatic prophecy of the Passover was when Abraham was instructed to offer Isaac. They traveled three days (Gen 22), and as they went up the mountain on which the sacrifice was to be made Isaac asks “where is the lamb for the offering”?. Abraham turns to Isaac and says, “God will provide Himself a lamb.” Abraham knew he was acting out prophecy, he was relying on the resurrection of Isaac for his salvation, because he figured that if God was going to kill him, God would have to raise him because God had promised that Isaac would have seed. So Abraham’s belief in Isaac’s resurrection is we believe to be the kernel of Abraham’s faith. Abraham knew that he was acting out prophecy

because he named the place, Jehovah Jireh (meaning - in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen). Some 2000 years later another Father offers His only begotten Son in that same place.



Finding Christ in ALL the Scriptures

Genesis 3:15 He is the One promised to crush the serpent– He is Christ in ALL the Scriptures! Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” In Genesis We find Christ is the Creator[1][1] (1:1), the Promised Redeemer in the Seed of the woman (3:15), and the Coming One called Shiloh (49:10). Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.


Our love of the "green pastures" of the Bible will be greatly intensified if we realize that on almost every page of it .we will find our lovely Lord Waiting for us.


Your Bible will be a new book to you when you learn to discern the outline of His glorious person in the story of other persons and events recorded there.



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