God called Abram (Abraham) while he was still an idolator, living in the city of Ur. God called him to leave family, friends, and the familiar to go into the wilderness, to a land that God would show him. Abram took God up on His offer.
Moses spoke of a deliverer that was to come in the future. Tucked into the summary of the Law, in the eighteenth chapter of Deuteronomy, while referring to the punishment of false prophets, Moses gave a remarkable prophecy.
The Law rests in the center of this book, nestled within the message of Grace which is found in the prelude and epilog. We need go no further to see Jesus in Deuteronomy than to see Jesus in the structure of this book
Our approach has been to unequivocally verify Jesus in each of the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch. We’ve exceeded our goal in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers. Now we are going to focus on just two sites in Deuteronomy that beautifully foreshadow Jesus.
The difficulties, battles, and temptations which the Church faces, have been choreographed to us through the Israelites travail in their wilderness journey from Egypt to Canaan. Their wilderness journey speaks to the Church.
Since Jesus is the Passover Lamb, He had to die on a Friday, the day of Preparation, because that’s when the Passover lamb was killed and prepared for the Passover meal on the Sabbath. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb whose blood allows God’s judgement to “pass over” us.