Shadows and Types

The Bible is so cool; I don’t understand how anyone could ever be bored with it. Maybe it’s familiarity or maybe it’s a lack of understanding…or maybe it’s all the hard to pronounce names (that really gets to me sometimes, so I resort to names like Fred and Bill), but whatever the reason even the “best”* Christian sometimes feels bored by the scriptures. One thing I’ve really gotten into lately is the study of all the shadows and types of the cross and Jesus scattered throughout the Old Testament. If there is a book on this someone please tell me because I want to read it, and if there isn’t—Does anyone want to help me write a book?–my grammar and punctuation skills are often lacking.

For instance, the first shadow and type in scripture can be found in Genesis Ch. 3. “And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.” You may be asking the fairly obvious question: How is this a shadow and type? Well, it says that the LORD made garments of skins—to cover their shame—this is the first instance of a blood sacrifice in the OT…and, this is purely speculation, but I can’t help but to think that it was a lamb that was slain in the garden that day to cover Adam and Eve’s shame. Furthermore, this is after Adam and Eve had tried to hide their shame by their own efforts—something that cannot be done by mere man. Okay so that shadow and type you have to read into to get it…but the next one I’m going to dive into is fairly obvious…it’s the story of Abraham and Isaac.

In Genesis 22, The Lord commands Abraham to offer Isaac as a sacrifice to Him. The language in the section is very telling. “He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah” and this land of Moriah is significant in itself for in 2 Chronicles 3:1 we read that it is there that Solomon would build his temple. So, Moriah is future site of Jerusalem, and I would go as far as to say that the hill that Abraham and Isaac are on could very well be what would become Golgotha (but that again is purely speculation, let’s deal with the text.) In verse 6 it says: “And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son” So, here, Isaac is carrying the wood upon which he is to be sacrificed. In verse 7 when Isaac realizes there is no lamb for the sacrifice he says: ”My father!” the same word Jesus used in the garden in Mark 14:36 as he is praying the night before his crucifixion. When Abraham provides an answer, Isaac then submits willingly to his father, the same way Christ did for us. In verse 17 as Abraham is stopped from sacrificing Isaac he looks to see what God had provided as the sacrifice, a ram caught in a thicket…of thorns…as in Matt. 27:29 “and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head

There are many, many more that I could dive into…Cain and Able, Noah, Joseph, Moses, even the rock in the wilderness that Moses struck and water poured from…Joshua, Sampson, David…there are shadows and types pointing to the cross all over the Old Testament…but these shadows and types are culminated in the cross. The way they fit together and the sheer number of them scattered throughout the Old Testament is mind-boggling. Hollywood has yet to produce a better story, yet we as sinful men claim to be bored by it? I just don’t get it.

Could it be that there are other forces at work here? Could it be that the reason it seems like we have ADD when we sit down to read the Bible is because there are supernatural forces warring against us? Could it be the reason we think of a million other things to do when we sit down to read the Bible is because we haven’t mortified our sinful nature. We have no trouble reading about the things of no eternal consequence (i.e. sports, world news, politics, gossip etc.) and some of those things are as dry as toast. Some of those distractions we deceive ourselves into thinking they are important…but nothing, nothing, nothing is more important than reading scripture. Even if this blog takes you away from reading the Bible for yourself, don’t read this blog…my opinion of the Bible and church issues doesn’t matter a hill of beans in the scope of eternity. Let me encourage you that for the sake of eternity don’t look to anything but Scripture to hear from God…and please don’t let your sinful nature or Satan schemes continue to distract you from the study of God’s Holy Word.

*When I say “best” I use the term loosely…there is no such thing as a “good”, “better” or “best” Christian…it’s level ground at the foot of the cross, meaning that neither I nor you have a righteousness that we can claim as our own.

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  1. I’m also very interested in studying the ‘Shadows and Types’ of Jesus throughout the Bible.

    I’ve just started reading Michael Williams’ How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens. It’s not quite what you’re looking for, as far as shadows and types (at at least it doesn’t seem to be). It does however present Christ as the central focus of each biblical book and the primary way the Bible relates to contemporary circumstances. It has a chapter for each book of the Bible.

    I wouldn’t mind helping to write a book like this. My grammar and punctuation skills are very good, but my writing experience is more along the lines of marketing copy (i.e. brochures, catalogs, press releases), technical (instructional), and business materials (reports).

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