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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

really old book isolated on white background.

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…]

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old and vintage open holy bible

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…]

Why Jesus Rose from the Dead

Resurrection garden

Christ the Lord is Risen, today! I love having this reminder of the true meaning of Easter beside my back door. Nothing says who Jesus really is more than seeing the stone rolled away. Death couldn’t hold him back.

My husband is always full of insight, even when he doesn’t know it…One day he asked me if I knew why Jesus rose from the dead?  Of course I go into some discourse starting in Genesis…:) about it being God’s plan for the redemption of mankind…etc, etc…he said….but do you know why death could not hold him in the grave? And what he said is so simple, yet I’d never put these thoughts into words… He said:

“The wages of sin is death and Jesus never sinned, so death could not hold him.” I just looked at him stunned and amazed at the simplicity and truth in those simple words.

And you know what? Jesus took our sins…all of our sins, the nasty, dirty, rotten, sinful things we have thought and done or that have been done to us…and dumped them at Satan’s feet. Because they all originated with him and they belong to him and Jesus just gave them back to their original owner…

The Bible says Jesus is “the author and finisher of our faith.”  Craftsmen and builders put the finishing touches on their work…and when they are done, they clean up all the debris and trash, sweep the floors clean and dump it all in the garbage so the house is presentable to the new owners.

That’s what Jesus did for us…he, by the Holy Spirit, called us… making him the author…or the one who authorizes our salvation….and then he put the finishing touches on us and got rid of our trash, to make us presentable to God.

Jesus, the Bible says, made a public spectacle of satan. In front of all the minions of hell, Jesus showed him just what all the heartaches and ruined lives and hurt and pain he caused people on earth, was worth. Jesus took our sin and dumped it all at satan’s feet. It was nothing but garbage. Jesus gave it all back to its rightful owner.

As I sit in church this morning, I’m going to look around at all our friends and think about how new and clean and pretty everyone is today and remember, …the stone was rolled away because Jesus never sinned. He lived a perfect life for me…because I certainly couldn’t.

Thankfully, we don’t have to pay for our sin and we don’t have to carry the load of guilt anymore. We only have to accept the gift of God, His son, and believe Jesus died and rose again, for us.

It’s Resurrection Sunday and the stone is rolled away!

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Alleluia!

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…]

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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…]

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Noah's Ark

This week’s picture of Jesus in Genesis is a little different from the others we have looked at.   Once again we dust off the old picture album and see if this week we can make out whose picture is on this page of our album.

Our quest to find the picture of Jesus in Genesis is a daunting one today. I mean, we are talking about Noah and the Flood.  And with it, [Read more…]

Pictures of Jesus in Genesis Page 4

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And God commanded the man, ” You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the garden of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” As I type these words this morning, I am struck by a couple of things. [Read more…]

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Genesis Book & Sky

Welcome back!  I was thinking about our picture album and this week’s ‘photo’ and it occurred to me that 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.  We have the advantage of having the New Testament to shine a light back into the Old Testament and make things clearer.  It helps all these old ‘photos’ make sense. [Read more…]

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You’re going to love this! ….BTW this is an authentic 1629 KJV Bible page/leaf…my husband gave it to me framed with the back page showing the verses where God  created Eve and gave her to Adam…the first wedding…for our anniversary this year. Sweet.

I love to take pictures. I’m not a professional by any means, but I enjoy setting the stage and making sure the background is as presentable as the object I’m photographing. It matters, you know? [Read more…]