Jesus asks the question in Mark 8:29, “Who do you say that I am?” What’s your answer? Can you go back to the very beginning of the Bible, book by book, and tell me who Jesus is? For the next several weeks I am going to show you Jesus, book by book. Today, let’s find Him in Genesis and Exodus.
Jesus said in John 5:39, “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me!” In Luke 24:26 - 27, Jesus walked with two disciples on the road to Emmaus and He explained to them using the writings of Moses (Genesis – Deuteronomy) and the prophets (Isaiah – Malachi) about Himself. “Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.”
But who was Jesus in Genesis? He was part of the Trinity, the Godhead. He was the seed of the woman in Genesis 3:15. He was present at creation (Colossians 1:15-17). Elohim (God) is always plural when used in the Old Testament. Genesis is filled with references to God using plural pronouns starting with Genesis 1:1. In Genesis 1:26, Genesis 3:22, and Genesis 11:7 the pronouns Us/Our are used denoting the Godhead.
- Genesis 1:26 – “Then God [plural elohim] said, “Let Us [plural pronoun] make man in Our [plural pronoun] image, according to Our [plural pronoun] likeness.”
- Genesis 3:22 – “Then Yahweh God [plural elohim] said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us [plural pronoun], knowing good and evil.”
- Genesis 11:7 – “Come, let Us [plural pronoun] go down and there confuse [plural form of balal] their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.”
In Exodus, He is our Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:6, 7, 13, I Corinthians 5:7, I Peter 1:19). In John 1:29, John the Baptist makes a statement about Jesus, “Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” We also see Him in Exodus 16 as the ‘manna’ – bread of life (John 6:35); in Exodus 17 He is the water from the rock (1 Corinthians 10:4); in Exodus 28, He is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16, 9:11). In Exodus 3:14 Jesus is also introduced as the I AM THAT I AM, the Deliverer (Luke 4:16-21). He is the Angel of the Lord (Exodus 3:6) speaking from the burning bush proclaiming “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”
Get to know the Jesus of the Old Testament as testified of in the New Testament. Learn about Him book by book. Next week discover more about Jesus as we answer the question, ‘Who do you say that I AM?‘