From beginning to end, our Saviour is pointed to, throughout scripture. Are you seeing Him in scripture as you read verse by verse? And if you’re not reading verse by verse regularly, you’re missing a lot. If all you do is listen to sermons or read what others say, you’re missing a lot. Always start with your own study of the Word – and be looking for Yeshua, our Messiah, all through the pages of scripture.
This blog is a starting point, a “teaser”, to get us all to open our eyes ever wider to the fact that everything points to Yeshua – who in turn points us to God Most High, Yeshua’s superior, Yeshua’s father. The more we see Yeshua in all of scripture, from the first letter of the first verse to the last verse, the more of his light and grace will shine in our lives.
Let’s start in the beginning. Genesis 1:1 says “in the beginning Elohim (God) created the heavens and earth.” How did He create all things? By speaking them into existence. Read Psalm 33:6,9. John 1:1-3 tells us very clearly that the Word was with God and was God, and all things were created by the Word. It goes on to say The Word became flesh (John 1:14), and we know Him as Yeshua. So Yeshua said (Genesis 1:3), “LIGHT – BE!” (That’s the tone of the Hebrew.) Isn’t it interesting that Yeshua is called “the LIGHT of the world” (John 8:12) and when we walk with Him, we have HIS light, making us also “the lights of the world” (Matthew 5:14). We’re not reflections as much as we are vessels of HIS light in us. But my point is, within three verses of Genesis 1, we learn we can see Yeshua.
The God who created all things was Yeshua.
HE is the light that gave light to a dark world in Gen 1:3.
I have a whole sermon titled “Yeshua hiding in plain sight” that goes into a lot of detail on this topic. I recorded it in December 2011 and I recommend you hear/read it.
But I’ll use the remaining space in this blog to give a few tidbits of where Scripture is pointing to Yeshua and yet we can tend to read right over those. So be sure to read the rest of this blog for those tidbits you’ll find fascinating.
Yeshua is the 2nd Adam. But this time he lives perfectly, obediently and righteously.
Adam was but a type of Yeshua. Interestingly, all other things created – the stars, galaxies, mountains, fish, mammals, trees and grasses, clouds and rain – everything but man, were created by the mouth of YHVH. Except man. There is no verse that says “And God said, ‘Let there be man, and behold, there was man.” No, man was fashioned by hand, personally, by God-Yeshua (Genesis 2).
“The Word of the LORD came to” – that’s Yeshua you’re reading about! Read again John 1:1-3, that Word is Yeshua, is Jesus Christ. For example:
I used to think that the prophets either were receiving a strong thought or maybe they heard a voice – and that was “the word of YHVH”. Sometimes it clearly is something like that, as in Genesis 15:1, where the Word appeared in a vision. But even that turns into interactive participation (read Gen 15:3-10). I’ve since come to believe that in many cases they actually saw the One who became flesh and lived and died and was resurrected for you and me.
The case of Samuel at first hearing the voice of God in 1 Samuel 3 is a case in point. Please read it carefully. At first it was just a Voice he heard. I will correctly change “the LORD” to the original YHVH here. But now notice that the Word actually stood by, came to, Samuel – visibly as well as audibly.
1 Samuel 3:7,10-11, 21
7 (Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of YHVH yet revealed to him.)
10 Now YHVH came and STOOD and called as at other times, "Samuel! Samuel!"
And Samuel answered, "Speak, for Your servant hears."
11 Then YHVH said to Samuel: "Behold, I will do something in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.
21 Then YHVH APPEARED AGAIN in Shiloh. For YHVH revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of YHVH.
So MANY times we read how Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jonah and Zechariah and so many others heard or saw – or both – the Yeshua we have come to know and love. There are over 250 verses where “the word of the LORD came to” is used! For example Jer. 1:1-2, 4, 11-13; 2:1. Ezek 1:3; 3:16; 12:1. Jonah 1:1; 3:1; Haggai 1:1-2; Zechariah 1:1 and dozens and dozens of other examples.
Some of you might be finding this hard to accept if you don’t realize that YHVH can apply BOTH to the Father and to the Son of God. NO one has seen God the Father except the Son (John 1:18; 1 John 4:12). No one has heard HIS voice (John 5:37), and yet for example Exodus 20:1, in giving the 10 Commandments, it says “And God—Elohim—spoke and said, ‘I AM YHVH your Elohim…” Millions heard that voice. That was the voice of the One who came later as Jesus of Nazareth! Yes, Yeshua is also YHVH. God the Father is Elohim MOST HIGH, God in the Highest.
Yeshua is “the right hand of YHVH”. Yeshua was told to sit at God Most High’s right hand.
The voice of rejoicing and salvation (yeshua)
Is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.
The right hand of Yahweh is exalted;
The right hand of Yahweh does valiantly.
When you read of God’s right hand, think – Yeshua! Moses sang of God’s glorious right hand that gave them victory (Exodus 15:6). In Isaiah 48:12-13, God says he laid out the heavens by his right hand. And on and on and on. Start seeing Yeshua more.
Yeshua is our “salvation”. The Hebrew word for ‘salvation’ IS yeshua. SO many times as they read or sang the scriptures, they were calling out our Saviour’s name! Psalms 118-122 are full of examples. Particularly take the time to read Psalm 118:21-28. Salvation, yeshua, is mentioned there a lot. Here’s just another example of many.
Behold, God (Elohim) is my salvation (yeshua),
I will trust and not be afraid;
'For Yah, the LORD (YHVH), is my strength and song;
He also has become my yeshua (salvation).'"
3 Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of yeshua (salvation).
Yeshua is what every item in the tabernacle and temple pointed to!
I will give a full length sermon on this one point. Be looking for it. The door that allowed you to enter into the courts – was Yeshua. The Altar of sacrifice – was Yeshua. The Laver where they washed – was Yeshua. The Tabernacle itself, the menorah, the table of shewbread, the altar of incense, the coverings on the tabernacle – all that pointed to Yeshua. The mercy seat on the ark, and on and on and on, all pointed to Yeshua. Be watching for my sermon on it.