Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 5

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Last week I re-posted a long ago post from 2013 Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4,  because it was my nephew’s wedding day and my post was about a wedding….I decided to go ahead and take the next few weeks to re-post the whole series…since, after all,  it is my favorite…I hope you are as amazed at God’s detailed plan for our salvation as I always am……bless you.

So far we’ve covered 4 pictures of Jesus in our album!

The first week…one of my favorites…we saw how Jesus was there in the beginning when God created the earth. Skeptical? I don’t mind…read this: Here

Week 2 we read about God’s creation and the first thing he did was to create Light. And we know Jesus said HE is the light of the  world…so we have another glimpse of Jesus right at the beginning of creation. Read this and I’ll fill you in: Here

The next week was the first wedding and how Adams relationship with Eve is a portrait of Christ and the church. The most beautiful wedding photos ever:  Here

And last week, we saw the picture of Eve’s being deceived and her husband lowering himself to her level, in order to save her. Here

Brilliant pictures for us…but maybe not so brilliant for those who had no New Testament to compare them with. Still, they’re there. And as we unfold the dusty pages of our album today, we will see what God did as a result of their sin.

As soon as Adam and Eve’s eyes were opened, they knew they were naked and covered themselves with fig leaves. God had said, In the day you eat of the tree you will surely die.”

Before the day ended, in the cool of the evening, God came to visit them.

What do we know about Eden? We know it was perfect, it was lush, it was a place of complete relaxation, no worries, nothing to fear… a place to live…and it belonged to Adam and Eve. Paradise. That’s the word for it. Their every day was Paradise.

Erawan Waterfall, Kanchanaburi, Thailand

But an intruder came into their perfect life and they both fell into sin. Well, they didn’t fall into anything…they chose to believe a lie. And because of them,  death entered the world.

 

This is a picture of all of us. Banished.

Mariotto Albertinelli: Expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise

Mariotto Albertinelli: Expulsion of Adam and Eve from paradise

We have choices and we make the wrong ones. We are selfish and demand our own way…and God lets us have it…but out of His eternal love for us, He provides a way for us, to once again return to Him. The first picture we have of God’s eternal plan for the salvation of man is seen right here, in the Garden, with Adam and Eve, on the very day they sinned.

On day one, God showed mankind what they would have to do to approach Him.

 He made garments out of skins and clothed them.    

That’s what it says.

A library full of books could be written on that one line.

Adam and Eve lived in a picture perfect world. They had never seen so much as a leaf fall to the ground and die. But on this day, God made the first sacrifice for sin…a foretelling of an event that was to come. Something had to die in order for their ‘sin’ to be ‘covered.’

Adam and Eve had never seen death. The had never seen anything to compared to this. At once, they understood the gravity of what they had done. Something gave its life so they could live. And this should resonate in the heart of all believers:

                             God himself provided the sacrifice. He ‘covered’ their sin.

It was a picture. As time went on the picture became more and more clear…but it still wasn’t perfectly clear,  even after the death of Jesus. The disciples who walked and talked with him daily,  still had no clue how all of this related to their Messiah. They were confused. After Jesus died they were in utter dismay.  Expecting a King to free them from the tyranny of Rome…they didn’t understand that the Messiah had to die.

But the scripture tells us…after the resurrection Jesus met them on the road to Emmaus  and Jesus beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them all the scriptures concerning himself.” Luke 24:27 Jesus began with the very scriptures WE are studying and explained how they were all pictures of Him!

There are two pictures in the Old testament of the coming Messiah. One a conquering King…the other, mostly overlooked…a suffering servant ( Isaiah 53). Jesus came as the servant to suffer and die for the sin of the whole world. And He rose from the dead.

My husband asked me: “Do you know why Jesus rose from the dead?”  Ok, I’ll play along… “No, why?”  “Because the wages of sin is death and Jesus never sinned, so death couldn’t hold him”……wow….. just wow.

God Gives Adam a Glimpse of His Plan

God pronounced the curse on mankind for their disobedience. But before He pronounced the curse…He gave them hope. He gave us another significant picture of something to come in the future…speaking to satan, God said:

” I will put enmity between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

It is significant that God spoke of satan’s seed…..and Eve’s seed. The first indication of a virgin birth. All other places in the Bible,  offspring, are referred to as the seed of man. But THIS particular seed will be the seed of Woman. Eve’s seed, the seed of woman,  will redeem the world of sin. And then God pronounced the curse and they were banished from the garden.

I heard a well known preacher say he didn’t think Adam and Eve were saved. Well, I respectfully disagree. I’ll tell you why next week.

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4

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My nephew is getting married later today.  It’s Saturday morning and I stumbled upon this old post I had written three years ago, to the day….about another beautiful wedding……I took it as a sign that I should share it again…This post is part of a series about pictures of Jesus in Genesis, one of my favorite topics.  I hope you enjoy and have a blessed Sunday.

Did you know that Adam laid down his life for his wife?  Sound familiar? Of course it does. We know that Jesus laid down his life for our sin.  And we’re looking for pictures of Jesus in Genesis… [Read more…]

Jesus in Genesis Pg 3 The Bride of Jesus

Bride and groom entering the church (concept for marriage made ??by God to unite a man and a woman in a single body)

Today we turn the page in our dusty old album and find wedding photos.   The day of the first wedding, ever.  Marriage is important to God because reflects a picture of God’s character to the world. Or at least it should!  [Read more…]

Jesus in Genesis Pg 2 Jesus is the Light

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Most of my life I thought that the main purpose of the book of Genesis was to tell the story of creation. It is one of the reasons we have the book of Genesis, but the primary purpose is to reveal God’s plan of redemption for mankind…and that plan is about Jesus.  [Read more…]

Jesus in Genesis Page 1

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted this….my most favorite lessons from the Bible…. Jesus in Genesis. If you’ve never been on this journey with me before,  I think you may be surprised at how many pictures of Jesus there are in Genesis. In fact,  it’s as if the whole book is pointing to Jesus and God’s plan to send him to die for our sins.  It’s amazing to me and I hope you will be as amazed as I’ve been.  Truly, I honestly believe…you’re going to love this! [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 12

Old bible with picture of saints

For twelve weeks we have dusted off an old picture album and found old photos that  we hadn’t seen before. We’ve discovered God’s plan to send Jesus and pictures of Him from the very beginning of Genesis. If you have just found this series, please start at the beginning and dust off this old picture album and see for yourself.  It’s funny how we can look at something and not see the whole picture,  until later.  A wonderful friend of mine died suddenly, earlier this year.  Recently I was looking at old photos of other people and found that my friend was in the background of several of them. I never would have found her picture, except I was looking for someone else’s photo. [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 11

 

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This is my kitchen window sill. I used this photo today because the stained glass dove is symbolic of the picture of Jesus in Genesis we will look at this week. I made the stained glass over 30 years ago. I never dreamed it would be featured on my blog…:) I love it. I love the color blue and the dove has great meaning to me personally. It’s a daily reminder that He is in control of my life. And to let Him!  I can’t believe next week we will end our study of Pictures of Jesus in Genesis! Maybe I can find a few more…well, I know I can…at least two more… [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 10

Red stone cross on a background of extremely storm sky and mount

So far, we have looked  through our old dusty photo album to find pictures of Jesus in places we may not have seen Him before. In each and every picture we see how God very carefully unfolds His plan of salvation for the world. This week is no different, only this week the picture is becoming more and more clear. [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis page 9

Camel trip in Sahara desert Merzouga, Morocco, north Africa

For the past 8 Sundays we have been looking thru an old photo album of pictures of Jesus outlined in the book of Genesis. Some photos are so faded that we have to look closely to make out the features. Some photos seem rather obscure, but none the less,  we have seen God reveal each week another detail of His plan to redeem mankind from the penalty of their sin…I should say OUR sin. It’s an exciting journey and one I love, love, love, to read  and write about. God is revealing something of Himself in every picture. He is revealing His ernest desire for us to come back to Him. [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 8

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Last week we talked about the picture of Jesus in the story of Noah. I know there are masses of people who don’t believe the story of Noah, the ark or even Jesus. But I do. I’ll tell you why. Because I believe Jesus is the Son of God and He spoke the truth.

If you happen to be one of those people who believe Jesus was a good man or a great teacher but not the Son of God, I respect your [Read more…]