My church just wrapped up Genesis in our bible reading plan. What a fascinating book! The more I read it, the more it intrigues me. It’s full of prophecy. Last year, my wife gave me “The Moody Handbook of Messianic Prophecy” as a gift. I’ve spent many hours on that and have only begun to scratch the surface. To be sure, this book is way above my pay grade. But….I am able to learn the lessons if I am faithful and go slow through it.
It’s been awhile since I have looked at it, but reading Genesis brought the lessons to the forefront of my mind. For sure, there is a thread that runs through the entirety of the Old Testament that points to one who is to come. The Hebrew people recognized this and looked to him as their Messiah. Christians recognize him in the man known as Jesus of Nazareth.
At first, it is difficult to see this in the seemingly cryptic language of scripture. However, as you study it, this language starts to stand out from the rest of the text. In fact, it becomes undeniable. Why is this important? Actually, the better question would be why is this important to God that the Messiah be revealed – and in this way? Here’s what Jesus said about that:
John 14:29 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.
That’s the whole point of prophecy, that you may believe. In fact, let me share a beautiful passage of Isaiah to demonstrate this. Let this touch you for the rest of the day.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen, in whom my soul delights;
I have put my Spirit upon him;
he will bring forth justice to the nations.
2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,
or make it heard in the street;
3 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged
till he has established justice in the earth;
and the coastlands wait for his law.
5 Thus says God, the Lord,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spread out the earth and what comes from it,
who gives breath to the people on it
and spirit to those who walk in it:
6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness;
I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people,
a light for the nations,
7 to open the eyes that are blind,
to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,
from the prison those who sit in darkness.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other,
nor my praise to carved idols.
9 Behold, the former things have come to pass,
and new things I now declare;
before they spring forth
I tell you of them.”
Do you see it? Verse nine. Isn’t that so cool?
Father, I believe. I really do. What joy it is to read these things and see Jesus as Savior! Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! Amen!
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