Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (Psalm 17:8) How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. (Psalm 36:7) Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. (Psalm 63:7)
The Bible is a treasure house of things old and new, waiting for the diligent search of dedicated diggers. I have been reading for 70+ years and I’m not going to get it done. If we would get the most from the Bible, diligent searching of the Scriptures helps us and by standing upon the shoulders of those before us. The Bible, itself, unfolds in that manner because God did not reveal everything at once with Moses who wrote the first five books of the Bible.
New Testament writers stood upon the shoulders of Old Testament writers and quoted them. "The New Testament is in the Old, contained. The Old Testament is in the New explained." (St. Augustine)
“Shadow” occurs in the King James Bible 72 times and is used to comfort and to prophesy. Repeating: many of those occurrences are used in a prophetic way; that is, referring to future things. Some of the occurrences speak of the presence of God and are used to comfort and encourage His people.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (Psalm 91:1-2) (One of my favorite verses.) Our three text verses at the top of this article are comfort verses that fortify the “inner man” of the saints.
JESUS IS THE PROFOUND BIBLE TEACHER and He quoted the prophets before Him. He quoted Deuteronomy more than any other book. One of the great mysteries of my life are the Christians I’ve met who spend their whole lives reading only the New Testament and have no interest in the Old Testament. It strikes me as being a form of blindness. That is strong, but I have no other answer for this strange thing.
We cannot understand Leviticus without Hebrews, or Daniel without Revelation, or the Passover and Isaiah 53 without the Gospel account of the Crucifixion. How would we understand Jesus being judged on the Cross apart from Moses’ and the “Brazen Serpent” that he put on a pole for the people to look at and to be healed from snake bite? (John 3:14-15)
"No preacher or Bible Teacher is competent to preach the doctrines (teachings) of the New Testament who is not acquainted with the “Typology” (shadows and types) of the Old Testament. What do we mean by “Types and Shadows”” The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:1-11. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (1Cor 10:11)" (Larkin)
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (Colossians 2:16-17)
The several practices of the Mosaic Law were commanded of the people in the Day of Moses as a teaching tool. These practices were a shadow of things to come; they spoke of Christ who was to come. (All shadows are caused by an object that is greater than the shadow.) Therefore, the effect of the teaching tool of the Law of Moses was not only for their benefit but in a much greater way pointed to their Savior and Messiah who was to come in the fullness of time. (Gal.4:4)
Our picture for today says it well. The cross casts a shadow upon the Menorah that stood in the Holy Place of the Tabernacle and Temple. Its seven lamps, fueled with Olive oil, was the only source of light in the first room. Jesus came preaching that He was the light of the world, and He was the bread upon the table in that room. On the third element, the altar of incense, the priests burned sweet-smelling incense every morning and evening. Incense pictures prayers to God: Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (Psalm 141:2)
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. (Revelation 5:8) When one prays in the name of God’s priest (the Lord Jesus) it is a pleasing aroma to God.Ω
Read Through the Bible in a Year
NOVEMBER 13, 2017 - MONDAY
A.M. Ezekiel 4-6 P.M. Hebrews 10:1-23
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Good Verse to Memorize:
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for his own inheritance. (Psalm 33:12)
Song for Today:
Christmas Medley (6:23) U.S. Air Force Band/ Chorus – FLASH MOB)
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