The Old Testament: Foreshadowing The New Testament

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Examples of Redemption
One of the most pronounced examples of redemption in the Old Testament is the Lord’s enabling Moses to redeem the Israelites out of bondage in the land of Egypt. During the end time of their inhabitation in the land of Egypt, the Israelite nation experienced very cruel hardships and persecution. God in His graciousness, love, and mercy delivered them out of this persecution. In addition, the Lord set apart the nation of Israel as His own chosen special nation. God desired for Israel to be a distinct people that would love Him and follow His commandments.
The story of Ruth and her kinsman redeemer, Boaz, is an excellent example of redemption found within the period ...view middle of the document...

This salvation of Jonah’s physical life was by definition as Unger stated, a “special intervention of God.” God knew that He was not through with Jonah. He desired to redeem Jonah from potential death because He wanted to give Jonah another opportunity to obey His commandment to go to Nineveh to preach repentance.
Examples of Consummation
In Genesis 49:10, it is prophesied, “the scepter shall not depart form Judah” (King James Version, Gen. 49.10). As Revelation 5:5 indicates, Christ was of the tribe of Judah. Stating, “the scepter shall not depart from Judah” is ultimately referring to the eternal reign of the Lord Jesus Christ (King James Version, Gen. 49.10). Although, many earthly kings would descend through the line of Judah, such as David and Solomon, Christ would be the only eternal ruler that could fulfill this prophecy.
Isaiah prophesied that after the birth of Jesus Christ on this earth, the government would “be upon his shoulder” (King James Version, Is. 9.6). In addition, Isaiah also promised that the future kingdom of Christ that would come would be one of peace. This kingdom will last forever and “of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end” (King James Version, Is. 9.7). Finally, in this same passage, Isaiah established that Jesus Christ would be a descendent of David when Isaiah stated that Christ would also rule “upon the throne of David” (King James Version, Is. 9.7).
Zechariah prophesied about the Lord’s second coming during the period of the captivity of Israel. In Chapter 14, Zechariah prophesies that the Lord will be involved in a great battle against many other nations in Jerusalem. Chapter 14:2 states, “For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle” (King James Version, Zech. 14.2). Zechariah indicates that during this battle, the city of Jerusalem will be captured and looted. Later in verse 3, Zechariah proclaims, “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations” (King James Version, Zech. 14.3). Once again, the Lord’s loving-kindness, graciousness, compassion, and protection for His people will be manifested to the world.
Applying the Old Testament to the New Testament Age
The Old Testament was written and addressed specifically to the nation of Israel. All of the Old Testament had been written before the incarnation of Christ. Because of this, the recipients of the Old Testament (the Israelites) were governed by the Mosaic Law. Not until Christ would come back to earth, die on the cross, and rise from the dead, would the Israelite nation be freed from the very rigorous sacrificial system of confession and...

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