This is the first post in a mini Bible Study series centred around finding Jesus in the Torah (first 5 books of the O.T also known as the Books of Moses).
Everything about the Bible is about Jesus who is our redemption, he is the restorer of perfection and holiness bringing us back to Eden where there was no sin and we were in perfect communion with him. The Bible is documentation of that redemption and the story of God’s love for us, his people and how he plans to restore us from sin and death to righteousness and life thus we see Jesus at every step, redeeming his people to himself.
So let’s dive in to find Jesus nestled in the word from the very Beginning.
“In the beginning GOD created the heavens and the earth”
In this very first verse in the Bible is where we first meet Jesus. Jesus is God who is referred to in Genesis according to John 1:1-3
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
In verse 14, John then says the ‘Word’ referred to in the first few verses was made flesh and dwelt among us” i.e Jesus. Jesus is the one who made all things, he was the one who had the role of creation and creating us, so it is him who we meet in the creation story of Genesis. This makes sense as only our creator can be our redeemer.
To redeem means to “gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment”
So for Jesus to regain possession of us means we must have belonged to him in the first place, which we did because he created us. We are his – fearfully and wonderfully made by him.
This also raises a point that we don’t yet discover in Genesis 1.
Why must he buy us back what went wrong?
Genesis 3 tells the story of what went wrong. God asked his first creation Adam and Eve to obey him as this was their way of showing love and trust towards God.
If we reason that for love to be love it must be chosen otherwise it is not love, therefore for there to be a choice there must be more than one option. In this case the option was chose God, believe God, love God and keep ONE rule that he explicitly told them; to not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they should surely die. Or the other option chose to sin (by transgressing God’s commandment) and thus bare the consequences of sin which is eternal death since sin must be destroyed eternally so we don’t live in evil and suffering. Though they chose God for a time, the devil being cunning and a liar convinced them that God didn’t want the best for them and that he was lying and so they made their choice to realign their affections and obedience to the tempter.
This is where we see Jesus evidently come to the rescue in
“15And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Here we see the good news being given that there was a plan to save fallen man through the woman’s offspring who would ‘crush’ Satan’s head. We meet Jesus again, now not as our creator but as our saviour. Though he would be bruised/striken (by the cross) ultimately he would win and destroy satan.
This mission of Jesus is further solidified and demonstrated a couple of verses down in Genesis 3:21
“21The LordGod made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.”
Adam and Eve first tried to help themselves by making coverings of fig leaves but only God can cover our sins, As Isaiah says in Isaiah 64:6
“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.“
Our own righteousness in not enough, this is why we need Jesus’ covering and righteousness because he lived a sinless life and through his sacrifice and blood we can be made clean, hence God shows this by providing coverings for them with animal skin. To show how Jesus would be sacrificed as the lamb of God to cover our sins.
In these first chapters alone we see Jesus as our creator and redeemer, his love for us is demonstrated in these ways already for us to see. We are loved by him, he wants to have a relationship with us hence why he created us and even when we mess up he provides us a way out, a way to still have communion with him by taking our punishment upon himself.
This is what grace is, this is the grace effect.
For more places we can see Jesus in Genesis watch this video
and also take part in the activity at the end of the video.