|Posted on May 14, 2019 at 7:25 AM|
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Jesus Foreshadowed Though Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 – (Part 1)
As we continue to travel on our journey to heaven by way of Route 66, let’s pause and see how important it is for the readers to see Jesus in every book of the Bible. If one cannot see Jesus being foreshadowed in types and figures of things to come, it is impossible to witness effectively to the unsaved. Being that the entire Bible is about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it is necessary to see Him.
This is an example of not witnessing effectively: Suppose you cannot understand why God told the Nation of Israel to destroy all their enemies; including innocent children. You must remember that God loves everybody, but He hates sin; therefore; whoever was left alive would pass on what they inherited, and it would affect others. The innocent children that died went to paradise (under the earth) with the Old Testament saints (Luke 16:19-31).
There are cults, religious people and others who come up with their own love message, to discredit God by saying things like: “How can God Love when He allows bad things to happen like babies being killed, wars and so on”. Adam caused everything bad to happen because of his disobedience (Romans 5:12).
Some say that Jesus was not God in the flesh - this is proof (John 1:1, 14); they tend to argue the point that Jesus was a mere prophet like Moses and Mohammad (not in the Bible); this is proof - Jesus was greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6). Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Jesus was a god (John 1:1).
Some say that Jesus was not born of a virgin – it takes the sperm (seed) of a man to produce a child (Genesis 3:15, Luke 1:26-38.); a group called Gnostics (the enlightened ones) claimed that Jesus could not have come in the flesh, because flesh (matter) is evil. This is what the Word of God says: For many deceivers have come into the world who confess that Jesus did not come in the flesh (1 John 4:1-3); this is a deceiver and an antichrist (2 John 1:7).
Unless you understand some of these simple points, you cannot witness effectively. You don’t need to argue with anybody, but it is necessary to give an answer to all those you meet (1 Peter 3:15).
Let’s go to Judges and see how the children of Israel bowed to idol worship of the Canaanites who were among them. Joshua, whom God used to take Israel to promise land and distribute to each tribe their inheritance, had died and the children of Israel were disobedient, idolatrous and often defeated.
They repeatedly turned from God, and the key verse to the condition of Israel is Judges 17:6. Every man did what was right in his own eyes. These people forsook the Lord and served Baal and Ashtaroth (Astarte of the Greeks- female goddess).
The Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of their enemies’ hands, yet they would not listen to the judges and went whoring after other gods, and when a judge died they returned and corrupted themselves more than their fathers (Judges, chapter 2).
God kept reminding them that He was the only true God. Yet they continued to fall away from God by indulging in the immorality of the Canaanites who lived among them. The judges were called saviors, warriors and deliverers who served as types of Christ, the Deliverer, Warrior and Savior (Judges 3:9). These judges fought for an undeserving people. You can certainly see types of Christ in Judges; Christ was the Savior, Deliverer and Warrior.
This is to inform the readers how Jesus Christ manifested Himself in various ways in the Old Testament, but He was not revealed as God in the flesh until the fulness of time (Galatians 4:4-5). Although Jesus was basically concealed in the Old Testament, there were special manifestations of Him through Christophany (He was revealed in human form).
Next: Jesus Foreshadowed Through Types and Figures in Judges on Route 66 (Part 2)
Unshackled ~ Betty A. Burnett BURNETTMINISTRIES.ORG