The cities of refuge into which a man-slayer could flee are an incredible picture of Christ and the gospel.
By looking at the admonitions given to the Israelites in Babylon in Jeremiah 29, we can find directives for the Christian living in a modern society.
The serpent was that which brought destruction to the people, but it was also that which the people had to look to for salvation, as we see from Numbers 21.
The believer can sing a new song to Jehovah and the song we sing is one of rejoicing, victory, and hope, as we see from Psalm 98.
The day of atonement was a very important and highly symbolic event in the Old Testament. Through the lens of the New Testament, we can see how the day of atonement pointed to Christ's ultimate atoning sacrifice.
There is a cup of wrath in the hand of Jehovah, a cup of mercy in the hand of the Savior, and a cup of salvation in the hands of the saints, as we see in this message from Psalm 75.
As the rock was stricken for the transgressing Israelites in the wilderness, so Christ was stricken for our transgressions, as we see in this message from Exodus 17:1-7.
"Come Desire of nations, come!" declares the famous hymn. Who is that Desire of nations? It is Christ the conquering Seed, as we see from Luke.
Judah received an incredible promise from Jacob in Genesis 49:10, "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." Who is Shiloh?
Jesus Christ is qualified to be the Messiah because He is "Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace," as we see from Isaiah 9:6-7.
Genesis 43 reveals to us that it was Him who delivered them without money and without price. It was Him who spoke comfortably to them. It was Him who brought them into His house and who sat at meat with them. And it was Him who revealed Himself to them.
Isaiah 9:1-5 reveals to us three promises regarding the Messiah: great light would replace great darkness, great joy would replace great sorrow, and great liberty would replace great bondage.
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