This book, authored by Dr. Rex G. Beck, is a presentation of the typology of Christ throughout the Bible. Each page focuses on a different picture of Christ in the Old Testament, and a matching verse in the New Testament where we see the former realized. We will take a look at each of these pictures and explain more of the story and significance behind each.
Christ is the reality, the real substance, of all the festivals. When we say, “Christ is our life,” these festivals are a good picture.
Christ is the real guilt offering. The guilt offering shows a striking fact of redemption: the injurer is forgiven and the injured receives gain!
Christ is the real sin offering. There is no other way to deal with sin. When it comes to our sins against the commandments of the Lord, there is only one provision—Christ. We need Him. We need faith to identify with Him, to accept His offering as atonement enough for our sins.
Christ is the real peace (or fellowship) offering. While the burnt offering is completely consumed for God, the peace offering is for all—God, the offeror, the priests, and any ceremonially clean person can enjoy this offering.
Christ is the real meal offering. He is a real man mingled with Spirit. Like the burnt offering, the meal offering is for a pleasing aroma, or a sweet savor, to the Lord. In this, we see what kind of living is pleasing to God: A life from the Spirit and led by the Spirit, full of resurrection life, and displaying all the human virtues.
Christ is the real burnt offering… The burnt offering is completely for God. It is entirely consumed on the altar and becomes the base for all the other offerings.
All the worship of the Israelites only foreshadowed the real act of worship that was pleasing to God; that is, the sweet smelling savor of Jesus’s obedience and sacrifice.
Just as Aaron was high priest over the earthly tabernacle, Jesus is high priest over the heavenly tabernacle. Unlike Aaron, who died and passed on his priesthood to his son, Jesus always lives to make intercession for us.
Christ’s flesh is demonstrated by the veil of the tabernacle. What limits man from having constant fellowship with God? In this picture, sin and the law are not the problem. The flesh of Christ is the limitation on our experience of God.
The most famous piece of furniture within the tabernacle is the ark of the covenant. On top of this ark, there is a golden cover, called a “mercy seat.” This is a picture of Christ.
Christ is the true tabernacle. The Lord Jesus didn’t just dwell with men, He tabernacled among them.
Christ is the rock who followed Israel in the wilderness.
Only knowing Jesus as the Passover lamb, giving redemption by His blood, and as manna, coming out of heaven to give life to the world, still gives an incomplete picture of the fullness of God’s plan accomplished through Christ.
Christ is the manna –
What is it? This is what the children of Israel first said about manna, the bread from heaven that God provided daily during the Israelite’s forty year sojourn in the wilderness after they left the land of Egypt. The children of Israel had a miracle every morning. For forty years, they not only saw, but even ate a miracle in the form of daily manna.
Christ is the Passover lamb…Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29b)! This declaration by John the Baptist as he saw Jesus approaching him might be the most recognizable description of Jesus, among Christians and non-Christians alike. This is a rich picture steeped in the history of the Jewish people, a reference to one of their most defining moments, the Passover.
Christ is so good that Moses was even attracted to the reproach of Christ… What did Moses see when he looked at his people? A people in slavery. A people uneducated and poor. A people suffering and crying out. A people that would never be appreciated, that would never rule over Egypt. A people of reproach. But who is that group of people? God’s people.
Christ is a praiseworthy, victorious and prosperous ruler from the tribe of Judah….Now, this final picture in Genesis is related to the Lord’s second coming. When He comes again, we will see Christ as the Lion of Judah.
Christ, like Joseph, becomes the ruler of all the earth. There are many parallels to be found between Joseph’s life and the life of Jesus. Jesus, like Joseph, was hated and plotted against by His countrymen. He came into the world (which Egypt often typifies) as a bond-servant. He began His ministry at the age of thirty….
Christ is the ladder of Jacob’s dream. Jacob has a dream in which he sees a ladder set up on the earth reaching into heaven. The Lord Jesus references this story near the beginning of His ministry on earth when He says to Nathaniel, one of the twelve disciples, “You will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man,”
Christ was crucified like Isaac was offered to God…. Christ is the only Son, the Son the Father loves. Yet when He is offered on our behalf, He is fully obedient to the Father. He is the lamb God has provided for Himself. This sacrifice brings blessing and salvation to all the nations of the earth.
Christ, like Isaac, is the sole chosen One, the receiver of all God’s promises and inheritance.
God is looking for a vessel, one particular person He will give everything to. He did not want to give His promises to just any of Abraham’s offspring, but He was very concerned about having the right person to fill that position of promised heir.
Christ is as Melchizedek.
Hebrews is a book that describes Jesus in terms of His heavenly ministry. The gospels describe the earthly ministry of Christ, what Jesus did and taught while living on the earth. However, Jesus’s ministry did not end with His death on the cross—after His resurrection and ascension to the right hand of God, He began His heavenly ministry.
Christ is the seed of the woman, who will destroy Satan. His entire life was fraught with conflict. Wherever Jesus was, there was conflict. There were arguments and other verbal challenges. There were attempted stonings and plots against Him. There were many who scorned and hated Him. And yet He never deserved any of it. Why? There was enmity.
Adam is a type of Christ as the first man, the first ancestor, of the New Creation race. When there was a righteous act with Christ, the whole race was affected. Just like I don’t have to sin like Adam, I don’t have to do what Christ did. But I get the benefit.