Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Resurrection of Christ Pictured in the O.T.

     In 1 Corinthians 15:4, the apostle Paul says that Christ "was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures". Have you ever wondered: Where is the third day mentioned in the Old Testament and how does it picture the resurrection of Christ? 
     Here are some occurrences of "the third day" as mentioned in the Bible (think about how these could foreshadow the resurrection of Christ):

• Isaac received back his life "as a type" (Gen. 22:4; cf. Heb. 11:17-19)

• Dinah (Gen. 34:25)

• Pharaoh’s chief cupbearer (Gen. 40:20)

• Joseph’s brothers (Gen. 42:17-18)

• the Israelites at Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19:10-25; cf. Deut. 5:24)

• the unclean Israelites (Num. 19:12-13, 19, 31:19)

• the Israelite spies (Josh. 2:15-24)

• the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:16-17)

• the Israelites apart from Benjamin (Judges 20:30-35)

• David (1 Sam. 20:5, 12)

• Abigail and the village of Ziklag (1 Sam. 30:1-20)

• an Egyptian (1 Sam. 30:11-15)

• an Amalekite (2 Sam. 1:1-2)

• the people of Jerusalem (2 Sam. 24:10-25)

• Hezekiah (2 Kings 20:5)

• the Jewish temple rebuilt (Ezra 6:15; cf. Jn. 2:19-22)

• Esther (Esther 5:1-2; cf. Esther 4:11)

• the nation of Israel (Hosea 6:2)

• Jonah (Jonah 1:17-2:10; cf. Matt. 12:38-40)

Jesus! (1 Cor. 15:4; cf. Lk. 18:31-33, 24:44-48; Acts 10:40)
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"In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son"
(Hebrews 1:1-2)

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