Monday, November 16, 2015

Old is New Concealed and New is Old Revealed

There is a book that I find to be the most fascinating text I have ever read. It is full of incredible stories and history that when looked at with a common primer, you can not fail to see how all of these narratives fit together all pointing to the One person that will save the entire world. A mystery only understood by those who seek to understand....Yes! I am talking about the BIBLE! The breath of God formed in the combination of letters that are breathed to life and recorded as words, combined to verses, paragraphs, chapters, and books. Each coming together, showcasing the "Scarlet Thread" of redemption through Jesus Christ.



I want to share with you some of the incredible discoveries the Bible reveals. I had the pleasure of learning one of these hidden gems in a book I read last year, Learn the Bible in 24 Hours, by Dr. Chuck Missler. (If you are interested in a quick read that covers the entire background of the Bible, I would recommend this book to help you start. It is on my Recommended Book List below.)

When I was young, I was always told that we should focus more on the New Testament. "We are a New Testament Church". Although I agree we should model our lives after the New Testament, Jesus and strive to live as Paul instructs us to live, I believe there are so many wonderful correlations between the Old Testament and the New Testament. Maybe some people who have a hard time accepting that the Bible is the INERRANT Word of God, would see how it all fits together.

Dr. Chuck Missler says, The Old Testament is the New Testament CONCEALED, and the New Testament is the Old Testament REVEALED. All throughout the Old Testament are hidden clues of the redemption promise which is the entire focus of the New Testament. Learning about Genesis 5's hidden message was the first I had heard of the Old Testament revealing this "Scarlet Thread". It blew me away. How could something written around 1400 BC reveal the mystery of Christ when He wasn't born for another 1400 years?

Genesis 5 is a short little chapter that most people just quickly read over. The genealogy from Adam to Noah is outlined by the author and causes little pause for reflection. However, when you look at the meaning behind the names in the order they are presented, you will see a much more impressive story! Before I reveal the hidden mystery reflect on what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5:
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." Matthew 5:17-18
Let's start this little analysis by looking at Adam's name which means man. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.

Adam's son was named Seth, which means appointed. Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."4

Seth's son was called Enosh, which means mortal, frail, or miserable. It is from the root anash, to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness.

Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean sorrow, dirge, or elegy

Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from Mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means the Blessed God. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God, as Dan-i-el, "God is my Judge", etc.

Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning shall come down.7

Jared's son was named Enoch, which means teaching, or commencement. He was the first of four generations of preachers. 

Enoch was the father of Methuselah, The name comes from muth, a root that means "death";1 and from shalach, which means to bring, or to send forth. The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".2

Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, lament or lamentation. Lamech suggests despairing.

Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nachamto bring relief or comfort, as Lamech himself explains in Genesis 5:29.

(Explanations from Kiononia House)

Now let's put it all together:

HebrewEnglish
AdamMan
SethAppointed
EnoshMortal
KenanSorrow;
MahalalelThe Blessed God
JaredShall come down
EnochTeaching
MethuselahHis death shall bring
LamechThe Despairing
NoahRest, or comfort.

Now, construct a sentence....

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

The redemption promise hidden within a genealogy in Genesis 5! Incredible! 

You will NEVER be able to convince me that the Bible is a bunch of stories just compiled together by a group of humans without any consideration for what each book reveals. There is a reason God inspired a group of humans to canonize the Bible as we see it today.

Below is a wonderful video that our church shared with us last Sunday. It is a wonderful little summary of how Jesus is the TRUE and BETTER. Share this with friends, neighbors, and relatives!
"The bible is not a series of disconnected stories. 
It is a single narrative in which every story, every character points beyond itself to one who is greater. 
The story of Adam and Eve is not just about the first man and woman... there is a true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is ascribed to us." - Dan Stevers, The True and Better Adam

6 comments :

  1. I loved this!! I've done a bible study by Angie Skmith called Seamless and it's about reading the Bible as one seamless story and how it all ties together. I love how each name pointed to the Savior!!

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    1. I will have to check that bible study out. I see more and more of the Old Testament pointing to Jesus. It is fascinating!

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  2. Fascinating thought - the idea that our God is so omniscient that even through names His promise - His plan - is revealed. My husband is delving deeply into the Old Testament these last months (after thoroughly exploring the New Testament), and he's discovered so many new insights. I'm going to forward your post to him - I'm sure he'll find this exciting also!

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    1. There is so much more of the Old Testament that is a type of Jesus. Check out the video posted and also, look up Jesus the True and Better. There are a sermon out by Tim Keller explaining how Jesus is the true and better Adam, Joseph, Moses, Jonah...etc. It is so good!

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  3. I absolutely love this! I always felt similarly, that we needed more focus on the New Testament but there IS so much concealed in the Old Testament. It's fascinating and, undoubtedly, God's plan. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I see the Old Testament so differently now. If you read the narratives all under the lens of Jesus, you can understand things so much better! It's awesome! Thanks for sharing a comment Inez!

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