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Old Testament Symbols for Jesus

The Physical to the Divine



The place where God dwelled among his people
Exodus 25 Isaiah 9:6
Mt.1:22,23 John 1:14 Heb.10:1

Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among
them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like
the pattern I will show you. 
-- Exodus 25:8,9

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us... 
-- John 1:14


The high priest offers gifts and sacrifice for sins in 
the Holy Place

Jesus is our too high priest in the true tabernacle in heaven 
that was made by God not by man

Exodus 28:1; 29:9; Lev.16:30
Hebrews 4:14,15; 8:1-3; 9:11

...because on this day atonement will be made for you, 
to cleanse you. Then, before the LORD, you will be clean from
all your sins.
--Leviticus 16:30

When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are
already here, he went through the greater and more perfect
tabernacle that is not manmade... 
-- Hebrews 9:11


Each year, the High Priest offered a blood sacrifice for the sin
of the people

Jesus was the perfect and final sacrifice for all time

Exodus 30:10
Romans 3:21-26; 5:8-10

Once a year Aaron shall make atonement on its horns... 
-- Exodus 30:10a

... We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of
Jesus Christ once for all.... But when this priest [Jesus] had
offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the
right hand of God. 
-- Hebrews 10:10,12


Place of God's presence

Jesus is God in human form

Exodus 25:22; John 1:14

There, above the cover between the two cherubim that are over the
ark of the Testimony, I will meet with you... -
- Exodus 25:22

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us...
-- John 1:14

Constructed of acacia wood

Represents Jesus' hunan nature

Exodus 25:10
Romans 1:3; Phil. 2:6,7; 1 Tim.2:5

Have them make a chest of acacia wood...
-- Ex.25:10a

Who, being in very nature God ... made himself nothing, taking
the wry nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
--Philippians 2:6,7

Covered with gold inside and out

Represents Jesus' divine nature

Exodus 25:11
John 1:1,14; 10:30,33; 14:6-9

Overlay it with pure gold, both inside and out... 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the
word was God ...  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling
among us... 
--John 1:1,14a


The Ten Commandments "the Testimony"

The Law given by God

Jesus said the he came to "fulfill the Law"

Exodus 20:1-17
Matthew 5:17,18; 22:36-40; Luke 16:16,17

And God spoke these words ... You shall not have any gods before
-- Exodus 20:1-17

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. 
-- Matthew 5:17


Represented God's choice for priesthood, and that God brings life
from death

Jesus is the chosen high priest and is the resurrection and the

Numbers 17:5,8,10 
Matthew 3:17; John 11:25; Heb.3:1,2; 9:4

The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout... 
-- Numbers 17:5a

And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with
him I am well pleased." 
-- Matthew 3:17


Given by Good as food to the people in the wilderness

Jesus called himself the "bread of life"

Exodus 16 John 6:35,48-51

Then said the LORD unto Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from
heaven for you..." 
-- Exodus 16:14a

I am the living bread which came down from heaven... 
-- John 6:51a


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