Connecting the Messianic Dots!
The Messianic Mystery of the (manna) that fell from heaven was solved when Yeshua Ha-Mashiach unlocked the conundrum with his utterance of these few words as recorded by the apostle John in chapter 6:31-35:
31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.
35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
When you begin to systematically investigate the claims and revelations of Jesus that are recorded during His brief three and a half year ministry in Israel, what do you discover?
If you're a “New Testament” Christian who rarely if ever investigates the “Old Testament” what you find are inspiring metaphorical references that invite you to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That is obviously a wonderful thing! But are you missing something?
The answer is YES!
As followers of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, we need to become Biblical Christians, not just “New Testament” Christians. Consider just a couple of the mysteries that Jesus solved as He connected the dots between the Old and New Testament. The brazen serpent in the wilderness was a complete mystery to the Jews. What did it mean? You can read that story in the fourth book of the Torah, the book of Numbers chapter 21. The Jews had no idea what this was all about, and to this day most still have not figured it out. Jesus gave the answer to Nicodemus who was an Old Testament scholar and teacher in Israel. A man who spent his life studying the Torah and had no doubt read the story of the brazen serpent that was lifted up in the wilderness multiple times without having a clue as to what it meant.
The solution to the mystery of the brazen serpent is found in John chapter 3:14-15:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Did Jesus at any time during His ministry on earth ever refer to himself directly as the “Brazen Serpent”?
The answer is NO.
Jesus simply made reference to the events recorded in Numbers 21:8 and connected the dots for Nicodemus.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
The brazen serpent is not on the list of the “I Am’s” of Christ. That does not mean that we should not investigate the gospel message hidden in the lifting up of the brazen serpent in the wilderness. When Jesus announced that He would be lifted up and draw all men to himself what was the context? The answer is found in the ancient prophetic Scriptures.
Are there other references to the Messiah found in the Scriptures that have eluded our limited vision and understanding? Are there allusions to the Messiah that appear to be merely metaphorical that contain large deposits of Messianic treasure and revelation?
The answer is YES!
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