THE BOOK ABOUT JESUS
I am convinced that this holy book holds a common and consistent message from beginning to end. A message of redemption. A message of salvation. A message of a substitutionary sacrifice that would be given on behalf of our sins. It is a book about Jesus. Before the angels ever uttered His name to Mary, there was a plan put in place that a Savior would be born. When sin entered into this world there was a need for a Savior. The need for a Savior is universal. None are exempt from this need for a Savior!
Is there anybody here that can say "I need a Savior!"
I can't save myself! I can't climb up to heaven and save my own soul. I need a Savior!
Let us examine the initial need for a Savior found within the Word...
Genesis 3:14-15 (KJV)
And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Satan's deception and man's sin brought the need for something called redemption. But we see the answer was brought to the forefront. The seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent.
From this point, man would begin to look for this One who would bring them back into communion with our heavenly Father. The pages of God's Word would begin to paint a picture of a plan that was put into motion.
It's just a few verses later we get a glimpse of a plan...
Genesis 3:21 (KJV)
Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
This verse is communicating a simple, yet profound principle found in God's Word. You can try, but you can never cover yourself. You covering yourself, will always fall short. Man can never cover his own sins. Man can never cover his own iniquities.
Man tries...but never succeeds in covering himself!
Furthermore, this verse clearly indicates the covering that God used was SKINS. It was not cloth, it was not fabric or foliage of some sort...it was skins. I know this has some PETA supporters upset. But, the precedent was established, to be covered there must be a death. An animal of some sort was sacrificed, so that man could be covered. There was a death, so that Adam and Eve could be covered. There was some blood shed, so that they could be covered.
I'm reminded of the old hymnal that poses this question "What can wash me white as snow?" "What can make me whole again?" NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
Hebrews 10:1-5 (KJV)
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
Joseph & Jesus Typology
They were both dreamers
Came to His own and they received Him Not
They were sold for the price of a slave
Judah-Joseph Judas- Jesus
Joseph's coat was covered with BLOOD---It was not bad news-it was Good news
They saw the BLOOD of Jesus---it was not bad news-it was good news!
They came to the conclusion they were both dead- but they were actually sitting on the throne!
Joseph had a Gentile Bride & We are the Bride of Christ
Aaron the High Priest & Jesus
Aaron was a high priest as Jesus was a high priest
Aaron ministered in the earthly realm but Jesus ministered in a heavenly realm
Aaron ministered in The Mosaic covenant but Jesus ministered in a New Covenant
Aaron was appointed to offer sacrifices daily- but Jesus as Hebrews 7:27 "offered Himself, once and for all"
For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things...
The law would consist of the first 5 books of the Bible---Genesis through Deuteronomy
Let's look at some of those LAWS given to us in the Old Testament...
Leviticus 1:3 male without blemish
LEVITICUS 14:2---LAW OF THE LEPER
Mark 1:40-44 (KJV)
And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean.  And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.  And he straitly charged him, and uforthwith sent him away;  And saith unto him, See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Jonah was in the belly of the whale for 3 days & so was Jesus Christ in the belly of the tomb before His glorious resurrection
David was only figure in the Old Testament that was- Prophet, priest and King
Jesus the seed of David and the Root of David- was also- PROPHET, PRIEST AND KING!
Noah built an ark out of wood and delivered people from Judgement-
Jesus took the cruel cross and bore that wooden device of sacrifice and delivered us from our sins.
MOSES THE DELIVERER- he came and delivered the children of Israel out of bondage and to the promise land.
Jesus came to us who were slaves to sin and took us to a land of promise!
LOOK AT MOSES AND THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE LEADING THROUGH THE JOURNEY TO THE PROMISE LAND-
The Passover-spotless lamb, no broken bones, blood was applied.
When death angel came it would PASSOVER them that had the BLOOD applied
He lead them through the wilderness...MANNA CAME FROM HEAVEN
Not only was Jesus born in Bethlehem- "House of Bread"
Not only did He feed the multitude Bread in the wilderness
John 6:35 (KJV)
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
They drank WATER FROM A ROCK in the wilderness---
John 4:14 (KJV)
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
Numbers 21 The children of Israel were punished with a venomous bite from serpents --- YOU KNOW WHAT THEY WERE PUNISHED FOR? MURMURING, WHINING & COMPLAINING ABOUT GOD AND AGAINST MOSES THE MAN OF GOD APPOINTED TO LEAD THEM AND WATCH OVER THEIR SOUL!!
Serpent was lifted up on a staff and those that looked upon it were healed-
Jesus said if I be lifted up I will draw all men unto me---He is the Truth, the life and the way!
Exodus 15- The came to the bitter waters of Marah and could not drink of the waters! But something turned the bitter waters into sweet waters and that was a TREE!
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