Christ in All Exodus
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.
CHRIST IN GENESIS
Following are but a few of the references to 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 COVERINGS OF ADAM & EVE – Genesis 3;
- THE ARK OF NOAH AND THE FLOOD—Gen. 6–10; 1 Peter 3:18–22;
- THE PRIEST LIKE 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 LIKE ISAAC AND THE LAMB—Gen. 22:7–8; John 1:29;
- LIKE JACOB'S LADDER—Gen. 28:12ff; John 1:51;
- LIKE 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.)
CHRIST IN EXODUS:
- The Voice in the Burning Bush (3.1-6)
- The Passover Lamb of God (12.1-28)
- The Unleavened Bread (13.3-10)
- The Rock/Pillar of Cloud and Fire leading them (13.21-22)
- The Manna from Heaven (16.1-36)
- The Source of Living Water (17.1-7)
- The Tabernacle (25-40)
We can see Pictures of Christ in every section of Exodus.
Pictures of Christ: The Burning Bush (3:1-6)
The Burning Bush has some very interesting symbolism. Fire is always symbolic of judgment (in the Scripture); brass was always used in the Tabernacle for vessels which needed to hold fire, so brass speaks of fire and thus judgment. (Num 21:5-20 and the brazen serpent). Heb 12:29 “our God is a consuming fire”; Heb 1:13 notes that He cannot even look upon evil.
So with fire speaking of judgment, what is being judged here? The bush. The Hebrew for bush is hn,s (seneh), which actually comes from the word “to prick” and it thus means a bramble or thorn bush (sometimes called an acacia bush); the thorn bush of the desert.
The symbol for sin is a thorn; see Gen 3:18. When we see Christ crucified, we find the Roman soldiers made a crown of thorns and placed it upon Christ’s head. Christ was made sin for us (Gal 3:13), He bore our sins on His brow.
Here with the burning bush, we have sin being judged by God’s consuming fire! The thorn bush is not consumed; sin in the Hands of the Living God, not being destroyed, is a model of mercy. Do not get Grace and Mercy confused. Grace is getting something that you don’t deserve. Mercy is not getting that which we do deserve.
The seven “I AM’S” in John’s record of Christ's life and ministry.
- I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE (6:35)
- I AM THE LIGHT OF WORLD (8:12)
- I AM THE DOOR OF SHEEP (10: 7,9)
- I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD (10:11)
- I AM THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE (11:25)
- I AM THE WAY, TRUTH & LIFE (14:6)
- I AM THE TRUE VINE (15:1)
Pictures of Christ: The Passover (12:1-28)
We speak often of the seven feasts of Moses, the Levitical feasts, this is not a Levitical feast. Rabbinical feasts were slaughtered by the High Priest, this is slaughtered for every household, by the head of the household. It is very different than the other feasts. It is also partaken, eaten personally.
Passover pictures SALVATION in Christ!
The 10th plague is a picture of dying in one’s sin:
· It was UNSPEAKABLE - to even imagine a supernatural messenger of doom was to hunt and kill the first born, was beyond words. That anyone could pick out the first born of man and livestock in the unlit blackness of an Egyptian night, is unperceivable. And to know it was tonight, was beyond words to express.
It was UNAVOIDABLE - there was no place he would not visit. Each family would be noticed and examined from poorest to the richest. From the huts of farming peasants to the ivory halls of palaces, all would see the dark shadow of the Death Angel.
It was UNSTOPPABLE - there was no power on earth then or now that could have stopped that stalking death. Nothing to deflect his sword of death.
It was UNEXPECTED - life was moving along as expected. Business as usual. Yes, that old fanatic was still crying judgment. But, we live in a real world, not some God we can’t see who can judge us. Remember, the god’s of Egypt were put to bed each night in their temples by the priest. Awakened each day, fed, clothed and put on display...Sounds just like Hell and the wrath of God facing unrepentant sinners today. Remember that Jesus says!
THERE WAS A FULL SALVATION TO SEEK:
God’s offer was Salvation - He gave the ones who would listen the only solution to avert the disaster of the Death Angel’s sword.
God’s plan was Substitution - He detailed a simple act of taking an innocent, spotless lamb to die in the place of the family members.
God’s method was the Sprinkling of Blood - in the dark, a sprinkle of blood on the door posts was all it took to find protection.
God’s promise was Sufficient - it included deliverance from death, provision of all needs for life, and the hope of a land of promise flowing with milk and honey. All this with a personal guide to assure safe arrival!
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