JESUS IN THE TORAH
While the word Trinity is not found in the Holy scripture, the concept of a Triune God is certainly found throughout the Bible. The first suggestion can be seen in Genesis 1:1-4. Here God is introduced as the Creator, but also as the Spirit and the Word as God’s Spirit hovers over the face of the deep and the spoken Word brings forth the light. Thus the idea of three Persons of the Godhead is introduced early on. Throughout the creation process, the spoken word brings forth each created life form. Later we are told that:
“In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…” John 1:1
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:2 And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Genesis 1:4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
The language battle is still raging over the meaning of the text in Genesis 1:26. Those who hate the idea of Jesus being worshiped and the Holy Spirit being all-powerful, will deny the Trinitarian nature of God. They refuse to acknowledge that this language means that God is plural in nature:
“Then God [plural elohim] said, “Let Us [plural pronoun] make man in Our [plural pronoun] image, according to Our [plural pronoun] likeness” Genesis 1:26
I suggest we consider if we, as humans, have a plurality to our image, since men are made in the image of God. We do consist of body, soul, and spirit. The Bible tells us that our body and soul will die and await resurrection, but our spirit will go to be with the Lord at the time of our physical death or else go to be with those who are in Gehenna. This suggests a Trinitarian person to me – body, soul, & spirit. At the resurrection, the body and soul will be reunited with the spirit. Matthew 11: 29, Hebrews 12:3, Zechariah 12:1, 2 Corinthians 5:8-51 1 Thessalonians 4 Revelation 20
In Exodus, we see Christ as the Passover Lamb. Does this prove Christ Deity? Oh, it does! Probably more than any other passage or theology, because Christ is righteous. If Christ were not righteous, He could not become our Passover Lamb. There is none good but God!
Exodus 12:5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: 6 and ye shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at even.
The Israelites knew! The young man who came to Jesus knew! That is why Jesus said to him:
Matthew 19:17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Jesus dying at Passover, was intentional. He became the Passover Lamb.
Matthew 26:2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Had He not been righteous, He could not have done this. Just as the death angel passed over the households of those who had the blood on the lintel or doorpost of their homes, if the blood of Christ has been applied to our lives by faith, the death angel will pass over us and we will not be subject to the second death.
The righteous will inherit eternal life:
Matthew 25:37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You a drink?
Jesus called these people “righteous”? Does this mean that we who are ‘in Christ’ are more righteous than others?
Remember that Jesus, speaking about those who considered themselves the most righteous people to be living on earth, said:
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:20
Who are the righteous? Those who are ‘in Christ’.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
2 Corinthians 5:21 For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
When we read about Passover, in Exodus, we are pointed to Christ.
Exodus also teaches the beautiful story of how Christ as our Living Bread and how we are to be fed by His Presence because it is here we read of the bread of the Presence.
And you shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me regularly.* Exodus 25:30
Prior to Jesus coming to earth, this bread of the Presence was a part of Jewish history and something with which Jews were familiar. The bread represented the Presence of God caring for His people. Peter declared that from Jesus declaration that He was ‘the bread from Heaven’, the disciples had come to know that Jesus was the Holy One from God. Over the years, gentiles like myself, do not always get the significance of what Jesus was saying in these verses, but most Jews knew and I suspect that Jesus explained it to those who were less familiar with the finer points of the Torah.
* This bread of the Presence was set out each week. It was eaten in the Holy Place by Aaron and his sons who were on duty on the Sabbath day. Frankincense was to be placed with the bread of his Presence as a food offering to the LORD and as a covenant forever. Frankincense was later brought by the wise men who worshiped the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus came as the bread of God for our spiritual nourishment (John 6:32-51)
John 6:32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 Then they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.” 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst…”
Leviticus shows us our desperate need for a Savior. Throughout the book, we see the need for sacrifices in order to atone for sin. Leviticus 16 is about the Day of Atonement.
For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD. Leviticus 16:30
And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Romans 5:11
Read more about Jesus in Leviticus at In Constant Search for Him: Jesus in the Old Testament
Numbers 6:24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 The LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; 26 The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ‘
2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
I suggest readers go to Numbers is about Jesus.
Deuteronomy 6:4 says: “Hear, O Israel: The LORD [singular] our God [ELOHIM-plural] is one Lord.”
John 10:30 I and My Father are one.
It is in the book of Deuteronomy we find that Moses, who represents the law, is unable to lead the Israelites into the promised land, but Joshua, who represents the Savior and a deliverer is sent to take the children of Israel over the Jordan and into the promised land. Symbolically, here we see that the law will never save us, but Christ is able to deliver us and save us.
Why is it important for us to see Christ in both the Old Testament and the New Testament?
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40
Yes, the scriptures all point to Jesus Christ. Time is counted by His coming. He is the King of the ages as well as the King of kings.
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. 1 Timothy 1:16-17
The law shows our need for a Savior and shows human weakness with the first covenant, the prophets foretell His coming, the New Testament teaches us about the New Covenant and the Bible ends with the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, Himself, told us that when the end comes:
Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Matthew 24:30
No wonder Paul said:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39
We should understand why the Bible says of the Father, that:
He seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23