Jesus in the OT
Introduction: In the OT we need to know that Christ is praised. One of the ways we demonstrate praise is to clap for the Lord. CLAP to praise him and rejoice in all that HE does for us. He is worthy of praise. He is worthy so praise him in a greater way then we do for our sports teams. Praise Him clap for him and sing unto him.
Focus Scripture Gen 22:7-9 7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
God will provide for himself a lamb and that lamb is the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world. Jesus went to hell for us so that we can be free. This was an eternal sacrifice offered for us by God in the pit of hell. God wants to bless you in all things. God wants to have you with him and will do all he can to bless you!
Christ revealed by the prophets Last week we found out that Jesus was revealed in every book of the Bible for he is the focus of the Bible. The ministry and life of Jesus was predicted by the prophets of Israel. Soon he will come back and we will see his kingdom. The Scriptures below will show Scriptures that refer to the 1st coming when he came as a suffering Messiah. Soon he will come back as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah
Isa 9:6-7 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
There were many prophecies fulfilled by Christ in his first coming and by no means are these listed all of them. The beginning of this kingdom occurred when Jesus came to be the Messiah. He came to take away our sin and then the reign could begin. HE has been reigning in Heaven since he ascended. He demonstrated that He is the Mighty God. He was our Counsellor and sent to us the Holy Spirit He is the prince of Peace.
Micah 5:2 2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
Here it tells us where Jesus would be born. This was Bethlehem in Judea and there is only one in that part of Israel. This messiah would be the Lord for he was eternal. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, raised in Nazareth and died in Jerusalem just as prophecy said it would happen. God said it and yet it was still hid from the eyes of those watching.
Isa 53 :1-6 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
This is what happened to him on the cross and the suffering that he would go through. This says what he would do for us in removing the curse of Adam because of the fall of man. This is the result of sin being defeated. This is what happened at Calvary. This is where your payment for your sickness and disease took place!
V7-12 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
This explains why he was buried with the rich, which was in itself a fulfillment of prophecy. The crucified were not allowed the type of burial that others were given. Jesus was buried with the rich. Even the way he was buried was a fulfillment of prophecy for God had written down every detail of his life and death! God values you so much that every detail of your life is known to him!
Law reveals sin No one knew what sin was until the law came. There was still sin committed but apart from the law it was not revealed. The book of Genesis was before the law for the law did not come until Ex 20after the bondage of Egypt was over. Sin existed for people still did bad things but the revelation of sin. Scripture reveals God’s will and desires for man.
Rom 3:19-24 19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
The law of the USA does not speak to those who live in France and the law that is given to the Jews does not speak to the Gentiles. So much was taken care of that God said that by the law is the knowledge of sin.. We would not know sin apart from the law. All sin but when we believe in Jesus we are credited with the life of Jesus and thus given the righteousness in Jesus. Our deeds do not make us worthy but the faith God put in us does! The whole OT testifies to the fact that we are made worthy only by the sacrifice Jesus made on Calvary!
Rom 5:12-15 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Sin was in the world because of Adam and still we can see the effect of that one sin. However, we can also see the effects of that one sacrifice for by it we have the righteousness and the power of God upon this world. We can experience healing and deliverance because of Jesus Christ and at some point we will see the world without sin because what Jesus did is greater then what Adam did. The blood of Jesus trumps the sin of Adam so walk free because of the blood!
2 Cor 3: 5-115 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
Many great things happened under the law! There were great miracles like the Red Sea, people raised from the dead, great healings like Naaman etc. But the glory of the new testament is greater because Christ has already come and the work is done. Righteousness is greater than law because grace outweighs sin! So the glory that we can see will also be greater then what was seen in the OT!
Abraham and Christ Abraham was one of the most important people in the Bible and in the history of Israel. Abraham was the grandpa of Israel and his covenant with God became the covenant that God had with Israel. The covenant of God with Abraham was also the basis of the covenant we have with Jesus Christ. This is the grandfather covenant of all covenants in the Bible since that covenant. We also need to remember the Holy Spirit was not given yet and that when it says the Lord said in many cases it was face to face then in what is called a theophany.
Gen 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:2 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:3 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.
The blessing of Israel comes from this covenant. Bless Israel and God blesses you but curse Israel and God curses you. IF you want to be blessed of God then support Israel. Bless Israel with your words and finances and God will supernaturally bless you. God wants Israel to be blessed because Israel is his son! When you bless Israel it blesses God but when you come against Israel the Bible says one day it will cause you to receive wrath! So support Israel today!
Gen 17: 1-9 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.6 And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.8 And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.9 And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
God Himself came to visit Abraham and this was in the person of Jesus Christ. This was what was called a pre incarnate appearance of the Lord or a theophany. IT says that the Lord appeared to him and reminded him of the covenant that he had with Abraham for at this point his name was changed so every time he heard his name it would be Father of Many Nations. The prophecy was being spoken to him and it registered in his spirit. God is for us and once the Word gets in our heart it will manifest in our life. Let the Word you need become strong within you!
Gen 18:1-8 And the Lord appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day;2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,3 And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant:4 Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.6 And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.8 And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
Again God appears to Abraham his covenant friend. Abraham like us found favor in the sight of God. Abraham had Jesus over for dinner and while Jesus was waiting for dinner to be prepared. Jesus ate after Abraham gave him his best. We need to always give God our best and not worry about what you do not have or what you need for God will supply that!
V9-14 9 And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent.10 And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him.11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?13 And the Lord said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?14 Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Now the purpose of this visit was to talk to Sarah and her name was changed in Gen 17 when God visited the last time he came to change the name of her husband.. Both of them lived with a new name. We also have a new name because we are born again and renewed because of Calvary and have God living within us so we can have the joy of our atonement (because of our Isaacs instead of rejoicing because of the work we produce- ishmaels) Noting is too hard for the Lord and the Lord wants to do it for us so let the Lord work in your life!
Prophets and the End Times There are prophecies about the end times for the prophecy did not end with the 1st coming of Jesus. The prophecy about Jesus continues to the end of time. We are in the last of the last days. Soon Jesus will return and take us home to Heaven. These Scriptures talk about the last days and the millennium.
Hosea 2:16-23 16 And it shall be at that day, saith the Lord, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali.17 For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.18 And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field and with the fowls of heaven, and with the creeping things of the ground: and I will break the bow and the sword and the battle out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely.19 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.20 I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.21 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, saith the Lord, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth;22 And the earth shall hear the corn, and the wine, and the oil; and they shall hear Jezreel.23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.
The Jezreel valley is where Armageddon will take place. Baalim or Baali is the moon god and what we call Allah today which the Muslims worship. Ishi is a term meaning my husband. This points out they worshipped false deities. but no longer will they worship false gods but worship God and no longer backslide from him for God would tabernacle among them.
Isa 2:2-4 2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
This talks about after Jesus returns and the nations are judged. Then war will no longer be learned. Satan will come against the saints and God himself will defend the camp of the saints but no more evil or war will be done. There will be no more reason for weapons. We no longer need WMDs for we will have the Prince of Peace among us. God will want us to know his ways!
Isa 65:17-25 17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.18 But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the Lord, and their offspring with them.24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord.
There is coming a day where there will be a new heaven and a new earth unaffected by sin. There will be a day when 100 years old will be young. You will inhabit your own house instead of someone else’s, You will enjoy the work of your hands. God will answer while we are still speaking and there will be so much that the wolf and the lamb will feed together and the lion will eat straw. The serpent will not kill but eat dust. The curse will be removed but the serpent will eat dust for his part in the fall! We will be glad and rejoice all the days of our life. We need to recall that this is talking about natural man not the glorified people of the righteous. There will be no death then for their will be no curse!
Conclusion: Jesus is the focus of the Bible and when he shows up all is well. HE is the Great I AM and all will be right in his presence, No one will argue for there will be peace among all people. We will have joy and gladness in all we do. So to understand the Bible we must focus on Jesus.
Next week: Jesus in the Torah
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