Day 238 - FOUNDATION STONES IN A YEAR
Read: Genesis 22: 5; Hebrews 11: 19; Isaiah 26; Hosea 13
Yesterday we looked at just a few Old Testament scriptures that speak
very clearly and directly about the resurrection of the dead. Before we
move on I would like to cement and consolidate this very important
foundation by looking at just a few other Old Testament verses that speak
prophetically and symbolically about the resurrection.
In Genesis 22: 5, one of our readings for today, Abraham, who had been
asked by God to sacrifice his son, Isaac, makes a statement that seems to
indicate a belief in God’s ability to bring the dead back to life. Stay here
with the donkey, the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will
come back to you.
The writer to the Hebrews comments upon this event. He considered that
God was able even to raise him (Isaac) from the dead, from which,
figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
Two incredible prophecies come from Isaiah and Hosea. Your dead shall
live; together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing you
who dwell in dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth
shall cast out the dead (Isaiah). And, I will ransom them from the power
of the grave; I will redeem them from the earth. O Death, I will be your
plagues! O Grave, I will be your destruction (Hosea). Again, we see
Yahweh, God of Israel, fully committed to life and the living and to
bringing life out of death.
I’m sure by now you are quite surprised at how much the Old Testament
had to say about resurrection. Let’s clinch our study for today with the
words of Jesus, related back to the prophet Jonah and showing that he
was a symbolic type of the resurrection of Christ. Then some of the
scribes and Pharisees said to Him [Jesus], "Teacher, we wish to see a sign
from You." But He answered them, "An evil and adulterous generation
asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the
prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the
belly of the sea monster, so for three days and three nights the Son of
Man will be in the heart of the earth. (Matthew 12: 38-40).
Father, thank You for the overwhelming evidence You are supplying to me
that life, not death, is what You are all about.