Genesis Points to Jesus Part 3

Genesis Points to Jesus Part 3

Luke 24:27 – And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

Over the past couple of days, we have been looking at how the Old Testament, including Genesis, and all of Scripture points to Jesus. Today, we will conclude with a few more specific examples. 

In Genesis 18:1-33, three men visited Abraham, and Abraham bowed down to one of the men and called him Lord. Abraham then ate with the men before having a lengthy conversation with them about the fate of the sinful city of Sodom. One of the men who is referred to as the Lord stated He was going to destroy in judgment. This likely means that Abraham was speaking to Jesus and two angels.

In Genesis 22:1-19, we see the shadow of God the Father and God the Son, as Abraham’s promised son Isaac was born miraculously years after the promise of his birth was given. Father Abraham loved his son but was willing for him to be sacrificed at this place where the temple was later built. This is the same place where Jesus was killed, as the beloved Son carried the cross on His own back and willingly laid down His life as a burnt offering for sin. According to John 8:56-59 and Hebrews 11:17-19, this foreshadowing of Abraham’s near sacrifice of Isaac was fulfilled in Jesus.

In Genesis 22:11-18, the angel (or messenger) of the Lord spoke to Abraham, blessing him and promising to make his seed/offspring (Jesus) a blessing to the nations of the earth. This angel appears to be the Lord Jesus Christ because He says that Abraham was obeying Him and that He would bless Abraham as the “Lord”.

In Genesis 28:10-22, Jacob had a dream that Heaven opened up to him with a stairway connecting Heaven and earth. Jesus taught in John 1:51 that Jacob’s dream is fulfilled in Him, as He is the connection point between Heaven in the unseen realm and earth in the seen realm saying, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

In Genesis 32:22-32, Jacob wrestled with God, which was likely Jesus before His incarnation birth through His mother Mary.

In Genesis 49:8-12, Jacob’s family grew to twelve sons, but it was his fourth son, Judah, whom God chose to continue the messianic line through. This was because he repented of what he had done to his brother, Joseph, by asking to be taken in place of his youngest brother, Benjamin. As noted in this passage, this promised Ruler would bring so much prosperity that men would tie their donkey to a vine without worrying about damaging it, since they would be so plenty. At His coming, the harvest will be so abundant that people would wash their garments in wine, people’s eyes would be dark from drinking much wine, and their teeth white from drinking much milk. According to Numbers 24:17, Hebrews 1:8, and Revelation 19:15-16, this Last Days King is King Jesus.

Read through some of these entire sections we’ve looked at the past couple of days as you start to notice that the “thread” of Jesus is woven all throughout Scripture, not just the New Testament.

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Mark Driscoll
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