Noah: a Type of Messiah

The name Noah comes from the Hebrew root word nacham meaning rest. God chose Noah to represent a type of Messiah who saved his family from the destruction of the world.

The world had turned totally evil just as it is doing today. Noah was the only righteous man alive. His family: his wife, three sons and their wives followed him and he taught them of God. Noah saved his family just as Jesus the Messiah will one day save His family (the church) from the evil that will one day cover the earth at the beginning of the Tribulation. He will also save his other family (Israel) from destruction at the end of the tribulation.

We are living in the “days of Noah”. The “day of the Lord” comes like a “thief in the night.” Jesus will come and sweep His church away. Then the Tribulation, which is “the great and terrible day of the Lord” will come upon the earth. Jesus is the ark upon which we will escape. Jesus is also the Rest we will experience during the tribulation for we will be with Him during that time.

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God’s Plan for Mankind

And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” Genesis 2:16-17

God knew that Adam would sin. He had a plan because He knew this. He put a tree in the middle of the garden as a test for Adam and Eve. He knew they would fail that test.

They knew only good at first, the way God wanted them to be; people that were innocent of the knowledge of evil. God expressly commanded that they were not to eat of this tree in the center of the garden. It wasn’t the tree that would bring evil but the disobedience of Adam and Eve that brings evil. This was part of His covenant with Adam and Eve.
1. Be fruitful and multiply.
2. Serve God by keeping (managing the garden.
3. Don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil

God cannot sin but God gave man the option to choose to obey God or to sin by disobedience. One of the reasons God the Son had to become human is that He had the opportunity to sin. But He didn’t and so He became the second Adam.

We are not like Adam because we start our life already sinners. We have a flaw in us that wasn’t in Adam. One day because we are in Christ, we will no longer be able to sin after we are resurrected.

Why did God do this?
It was the only way for man to know God fully, including forgiveness, mercy, and grace. He gave man the choice so that he could know these things (knowing that Adam and Eve would sin). If Adam never fell then none of the rest of the humans would ever know God fully. It was a risk (some would be lost forever) that God was willing to make because He wanted man to know Him fully and choose to love and obey Him.

* These ideas were not my own but from a pastor who has a website called versebyverseministry.org

Cloth yourself with Jesus

Genesis 3:21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

Notice how caring God was even after they sinned. He could have eliminated them right away but He didn’t. He had to make it harder for them so that they might think about what they had done and be prevented from rebelling further (Genesis 3:16-19). But He clothed them. This is something man tried to do with the fig leaves (Genesis 3:7), but was wholly inadequate. Now God gives them garments of skin. Why did He do that?

Well, first He obviously cares about them. But there are other considerations. In order to make the garments of skin, He had to kill some animals–probably in front of Adam and Eve. It showed them that death was necessary to make their clothes. It showed them the consequences of sin without killing them. These animals (Adam named them) were probably friends with Adam and Eve. It hurt them to see these animals die. It showed them that they must make sacrifices for their sin. And thirdly, it showed them a future event. One day, a sacrifice of woman’s seed would be made — His name was Jesus Christ. This would be the final sacrifice that would cleanse them and other people who believed of their sins. It showed early man that we must clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13:14). They did not know who He was yet but they had the symbol of His sacrifice on their bodies.

The First and Second Adam

The name Adam means earth, it comes from the word adamah, which means red earth. This name is connected to the earth from which he was made. Genesis 2:7 says that “the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Because he was the first man, when he and his wife sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, all of mankind inherited the sin nature. It became part of man’s DNA structure. Through Adam, according to Romans 5:12, sin and death were now a part of all people.

However, one Man reversed this curse of man. He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave us the gift of salvation and grace through God’s forgiveness by dying on the cross. Romans 5:17 He is the second Adam, the “life-giving spirit”. 1 Corinthians 15:45 No ordinary human could have done this. God had to become man so that He could save us from our sins.

Genesis 1 and Jesus

I have had more insight into Genesis 1 and Jesus.  I have seen how He can be seen with each new day.  Day one: As I said, He is the Beginning (Revelation 21:6; 22:13), the Word (John1:1-3, 14; Revelation 19:13), and the Light (John 1:4-5,9; 8:12).  Day two: He is our atmosphere — without Him we cannot live (Acts 17:28). Day three: He is the spring of water (John 4:13-14) and He is our ground (our rock and foundation — Luke 6:48).  From Him we get our nourishment. He is also our seed, who fell to the ground so that we might have life John 12:23-24). Day four: He is our Sun, He is the bright and morning Star (Revelation 22:16).  Day five: He is the eagle that catches us on our wings (Deuteronomy 22:11), the hen who gathers us as chicks under her wings (Matthew 23:37; Luke 13:34). Day 6: He is the butterfly (He lived, died, and lived again), the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world John 1:29; Revelation 5:6) and the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5).  He is also the last Adam who gives us life instead of death, righteousness instead of sin, and health instead of sickness I Corinthians 15:45).  Those are all the ways I see Jesus pictured in Genesis 1.

Jesus Our Sabbath Rest

The sign of the Sabbath was to show that God gave the Israelites rest from their labors in Israel, to show that He was the one that made them holy, and because God completed His work and rested on the Sabbath. But it was only a shadow of the rest that Jesus gave when He completed His work on the cross and rose from the dead. The Sabbath showed us that as God’s people, His body, we rest in Jesus. He is our Sabbath rest. The Sabbath day is a shadow of the rest we receive in Jesus because of His death & resurrection on the cross. Now we “rest” on Sunday because that is when Jesus finished His work of salvation by rising from the dead, just like God finished His work of creation on the sixth day and rested on the Seventh–Genesis 2:2,3. He is our High Priest who offered His own blood as the spotless Lamb of God. Now His body–those who have faith in Jesus Christ–rests in Him. One day, when He comes back, we will have our permanent rest forever. Read Hebrews 2:17; 3:17-5:10.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Reference: Warren, Tony “Who Changed the Sabbath Day to Sunday”, 1996, http://www.mountainretreatorg.net Please read Tony Warren’s article for a complete study on Jesus and the Sabbath day rest.

Jesus in Genesis 1: 1 ; 3

Did you know that you can see Jesus in the first few verses of the Bible. Generally, you see God the Father (Creator) and you see the Spirit in verse two but where is Jesus? I see Him in three different ways in verse 1 and 3.

First, when the Bible says, “In the beginning,…” I don’t think that was meant just as a time but also as a way to identify Jesus. Jesus said, in Revelation 22:13: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Second, when God spoke it was through Jesus. John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.

Third, God said, “Let there be light: and there was light. In John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world.”

These are my own observations about Jesus in Genesis 1: 1, 3.