TYPES AND SHADOWS I

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“Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways. In these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him.”
Hebrews 1:1‭-‬2 HCSB

When you read the Old Testament, it is easy to focus on the plot, drama and character development in the stories. This is understandable because they are so thrilling. However, we should reckon that the Bible is a christocentric book (John 5:39). Therefore, every story, ordinance and practice should be seen in the light of what Christ was going to do.

In fact, the New Testament ministry should be committed to revealing by the scriptures, things that were hitherto hidden in the Old Testament.

A good example is the ordinance in Leviticus 20:25 which instructed the separation of clean animals from unclean ones. It was to signify at the time that Jews were the people of God separated unto Him. In Acts 10:9-16, Peter had a trance in which God asks him to eat something ‘unclean’ which was symbolic of the fact that as a result of Christ’s work, there was no longer a dividing wall between Jews and Gentiles in Christ.

Now, Gentiles are no longer separated from God’s promise of salvation for the Jews. By the sacrifice of Jesus, they can now partake in the promise of the Father.

Another example is the law written on tablets of stone. This is a type and a shadow of the human heart. It signifies that the hearts of the people under the law were hardened like stone but with the incoming of the Holy Spirit, this heart will be made flesh. (Jeremiah 31:33, Ezekiel 36:26-27)

All of these show that the stories or events in the Old Testament are not to be taken at face value. To be well understood, they should be examined in the light of the entire Bible, especially the teaching of the New Testament.

We will stop here today. Tomorrow, we shall examine more examples, particularly the meaning of the Passover.

Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 28:11-20, Romans 16, Psalms 71, Deuteronomy 33-34.

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