Deuteronomy 1-7- Welcome to the Summer Reading Plan!

Here we go, diving into the Old Testament to remind ourselves of our mighty God's wisdom, power, love, and mercy!

How did you like the first week of reading?  Chapters 1-3 felt like I was reading the Cliff notes to the book of Numbers.  I loved the brief overview!  It was also great to read the 10 Commandments again in chapter 5; so simple yet so profound!!

I mentioned that I was going to be looking for foreshadowing to Jesus as I do my summer reading since I have been told the whole Old Testament (OT) points to his coming.   Well, sure enough, I found some!  How about you?  Did you notice anything that points to Jesus?
What I noticed was in the very first chapter of Deuteronomy!

The history that Moses was reviewing with the current generation of Israelites regarding the actions of their parents, is exactly the same human behavior we have today!  Wouldn't you agree? And, God was the same back then as He is now!  He foreshadowed the work of Jesus by displaying his character both then and now.  Let me explain the forshadowing I saw.

1.) God sets a simple instruction in front of the Israelites just as He does for us...
      OT foreshadowing: "Trust me, I will fight for you." (Deut. 1:29)
      NT reality: The same command is set before us today.  Trust in Jesus to do the work- the substitutionary atonement done on the cross.  Jesus does the work for us! (John 14:6)

2.) The simple offer is rejected.  
      OT foreshadowing:  The Israelites were dubbed an "evil generation" for their lack of faith (1:35). And were told they would not see the promised land.
       NT:  The same goes for us today. Faith in Jesus is all we need. Without faith, we will never see the promised land of heaven.  (Hebrews 11:6, James 2:5)

3.) People get it in their heads that they can do the work to "get in", not how God wants it done,  but how we think it should be done.
      OT: "We will go up and fight." (1:41) They were doing this on their own volition, remember? God had told them, "Don't go up and fight, because I will not be with you." (1:42) He didn't honor their self-righteous actions.  I'm reminded of the verse, "All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags." (Isaiah 64:6)
       NT: Today we are guilty of the same thing whenever we think the things we do will be our ticket into heaven.  Paul reminds us that it's not the way, when he says, "I consider them (deeds) as dung, so that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ- the righteousness from God based on faith." (Phil 3:8-9)

Yup, I would agree, the OT definitely foreshadows Jesus!  I look forward to finding more OT scripture that points to Jesus as we keep reading!  If I miss something you noticed, let me know.  I would love to hear!

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