MOORE — Greetings, Moore American readers, welcome back to our weekly visit. We hope you’ve had a good week. It’s only mid-week, but we’re already looking ahead to the Lord’s Day. When we at the East Ridge church of Christ worship at 10 a.m., we’d like to invite you to come.
In the first five books of old testament Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy there are many great lessons. The book of Genesis contains the Origin period (Genesis chapters 1- 8), the Second chance period (Genesis chapters 9-11), the Pilgrim period (Genesis chapters 12-46), the Egyptian period (Genesis 47- Exodus) and the Wilderness period (Genesis chapter 47– Deuteronomy).
A powerful message that keeps coming back to us in this study is how the entire Bible connects so beautifully. The Lord provides “images” (or patterns) in the old testament that is revealed again in the new testament. One of those images emerges in the transition between the Egyptian period and the Wilderness period. Years after the Israelites cross the Red sea out of the land of bondage, the apostle Paul reflects back to that time and draws the new testament parallel.
“Our fathers,” says the apostle, “were under the cloud, and were baptized (G 907 immersed) unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea” (1 Corinthians 10:1-2).
The apostle explains to the Corinthian Christians that the way the Israelites escaped from the bondage of Egypt, symbolic of the bondage of sin, was by being baptized in the cloud (a collection of visible vapor suspended in the atmosphere) and in the sea.
Please note that the Israelites did not escape bondage until they were baptized (entirely engrossed) in the cloud and sea (meaning by water).
The apostle Paul draws another image of our salvation in the sixth chapter of Romans. This time he turns to a picture of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.