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it’s always greater than our own. Step Eight : Ask, “How does this character’s life point me to Jesus?” List and explain 3ways the life of your character can point to the person and work of Jesus Christ. A. God Himself spoke of the birth of Christ to Abraham. Now the Lord had said to Abram,“Get out of your country, From your family and from your father’s house,To a land that I will show you.2 I will make you a great nation;I will bless youAnd make your name great;And you shall be a blessing.3 I will bless those who bless you,And I will curse him who curses you;And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3,NKJV) Much of Abraham’s blessing came in the form of temporary wealth and earthly possesions but, here God implies a blessing that will pass from generation to generation. It is also notable that He specifically says that “all families will be blessed.” The implication being that not only will the decendants of Abraham be blessed but, theGentile nations would be as well. “Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his seed. It doesn’t say, “and to seeds,” as if many; on the contrary, it speaks of one- “and to your seed” - and this “one “ is the Messiah (Galatians 3:16, Complete Jewish Bible) B. Abraham’s life was full of types and shadows of Christ. His willingness to sacrifice Isaac being one of them.Interestingly, the Hebrew words ben yachid used by God to describe Isaac in Genesis 22:12 are very similar to the Greek words translated in John 3:16. “And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the young man, neither do thou any Page 5 of 8
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BIBL 104 thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine ben yachid from Me.” (Bereshis 22:12, Orthodox Jewish Bible)The Hebrew phrase Ben yachid is translated “only son”. We see this same phrase in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not parish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV) Another interesting point is that while Isaac is Abraham’s son, he is not his only son. His firstborn, Ishmael, would have been thirty-eight years of age by the time of these events, making the Lord’s words even more significant. C. Another type or shadow of Christ found in the life of Abraham is found in his encounter with Melchizedek. Melchizidedek was known for being a righteous man. Both the Bible and Josephus state that he was both king and priest of a city called Salem. This city would later be called Jerusalem. In Genesis chapter 14, Abraham returns from resucing his nephew Lot and others from captivity. He is met by King Melchizedek who greets him with bread and wine. This was possibly a preview of the future Pesach or Passover celebration, which is itself a shadow of the sacrificial Lamb’s death on the cross.
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