What Is God Doing In Human History?
In this week’s seminar the goal will be to finish the survey of the Bible and looking at what God has been doing in human history and to see how that all relates to evangelism. God’s labors over the last 6000 years all direct us to have a proper view of our role and responsibility in proclaiming the gospel, because history culminates in the person and work of Christ: the work that he has done, is doing, and will do in the future.
In the last post we left off with Abraham in Genesis 22. This week we want to look at the following major events and people in the rest of the Bible. We’ll be moving through this part quickly, so hang on!
The Passover (in the book of Exodus) – shows us the declared judgment against Egypt and the promised salvation of the Jews through the passover. Christ and his sacrificial work as the antitype Passover Lamb is seen in cleansing God’s people from their sin, thus enabling them to avoid the wrathful judgment of God.
Moses (also in Exodus and Deuteronomy) – shows a type of Christ as deliverer of, and intercessor for God’s people. Shows us Christ’s work for his people in both of these capacities.
The sacrificial system (in Leviticus) – every one of the different sacrifices, i.e. burnt offering, sin offering, peace offering, etc., displays Christ in his atoning work in one unique facet or another. All of it points to Jesus Christ making an atonement by his own body for the sins of his people.
King David (in 1 Kings) – presents the royal king as a picture of Christ reigning. David writes, in the Psalms, expressions of his own heart and experiences which prophesy the sufferings and glory of Jesus Christ. These can be seen in Psalm 22: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” and also in Psalm 16:10: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine holy One to see corruption.” Interestingly, in prophecies about the Messiah’s coming reign, twice – in Ezekiel 37 and Hosea 3, it is said that it is David who will be sitting on the royal throne, ruling Israel, however, we know that this is an expression which refers to Jesus Christ, David’s greater son.
King Solomon (in 2 Kings) – shows us the man of peace, who was directed by God to build the temple – the house of God. King David, the man of war, was not allowed to build God’s house, but that was reserved for his son.
Finally we reach the capstone of the Old Testament views of Jesus Christ and his work, but we’ll save that for our next post.
Thanks for reading.