Mirror images: God at work through history

Embedded within scripture we discover reflections or parallels often separated by hundreds and sometimes more than a thousand years. For me, these mirror images reveal God’s handiwork, mind and authorship. 

The book of Exodus seems particularly brimming with these reflections. Some of these include the Passover, God’s deliverance of Israel, the covenant sacrifice, and of course God’s instructions for the tabernacle.

Israel’s first Passover mirrored Jesus’ future death. Just as Israel had sacrificed their Passover lambs and applied the blood to their doorways that God might “see the blood and pass over” not bringing death, so too, Jesus who died on Passover and gave his blood for us rescues us from death.

Or consider how God delivered the ancient Israelites from Egyptian bondage by causing them to pass through the sea to freedom. In similar fashion, God delivers us from the slavery of sin as we pass through the waters of baptism to enter Christ’s deliverance. Paul can reason as he does in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 because he recognized this mirror image.

Let’s not forget how Israel entered into a covenant relationship with God at Mt. Sinai. The sacrificial blood of the covenant was sprinkled on their bodies. Today, we enter into the new covenant relationship with God as Jesus’ blood is sprinkled on our hearts (Hebrews 10:16-19; 10:22).

Furthermore, using the language of copy, shadow and true reality, Hebrews explains why God commanded Moses to make the tabernacle according to a specific design. It would reflect heaven’s reality (Hebrews 8:5,6; 9:23,24).

These parallels are no accident. They reveal the same God, the same mind, the same architect at work throughout history.

 

 

 

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

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