Glimpses of Hope

Barry Buzza February 18, 2018 The Kingdom of God

Big Idea: Throughout the Old Testament, there are scores of glimpses of hope in prophesies, symbolism, types and stories. They are promises of a Saviour who would ultimately rescue mankind from the slavery into which Adam and Eve had sold us.

Scriptures: Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV

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

1. Out of the bleeding side of the first Adam, his bride was born. Out of the bleeding side of the second Adam, (Jesus), his bride (the church) was born. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Genesis 2:21-22 ESV

2. There is a natural conflict between Satan and Jesus, as well as between Satan and mankind. Satan will wound Jesus, who was born without the seed of a human man, but King Jesus will ultimately destroy him. Jesus, talking to the devil, said, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Genesis 3:15 ESV.

3. In the story when Jesus sacrificed the animal, assuming it was a lamb, to cover Adam and Eve, we see the first picture of blood been poured out to provide a covering for man’s sinfulness. And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.
Genesis 3:21 ESV

4. The ark that Noah built protected his family from the judgment of God. Whomever was in the ark, and all were invited, was safe from the flood. The ark is a picture of Jesus. Whomever is in Christ is safe from his judgment. Those outside were judged by the flood. On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, Genesis 7:13 ESV

5. Abraham offering Isaac on Mount Moriah and the ram that God gave are graphic illustrations of Father God giving us his Son.
After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!”
And he said, “Here am I.”
He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar.
Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.”
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together.

And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!”
And he said, “Here am I, my son.”
He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.”

So they went both of them together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son.

But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!”
And he said, “Here am I.”
He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”

And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.

So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:1-14a ESV
There are scores of word pictures, symbols, names, stories, personal visits and characters that foreshadow the promised Messiah. See how many you can remember. If anyone is listening and looking, they will see Jesus, the Red Thread, who appears throughout the Scriptures.