I have great respect for ladies (and guys) who can take a long piece of string or yarn and turn it into something amazing. Whether it’s crochet, knitting, sewing, weaving, or other things that are outside of my scope of understanding, that takes incredible skill, knowledge, and most of all patience. But you know what amazes me even more? The people who can take a normal strand of yarn and not only weave a blanket together, but make it come together in a way that you can see the patterns in their work. That means that not only did they correctly follow the steps to make the blanket not fall apart, they also correctly sequenced that thread in such a way that a desired look was achieved.
The Bible is beautifully woven together so that certain patterns emerge. The Old Testament and New Testament are not divorced one from the other. They are beautifully intertwined and inseparable. They serve different purposes in some ways, they are written from different perspectives, but at the same time, they are so closely interwoven that only a master craftsman – THE Master Craftsman – could have put it together.
In Numbers 8-10, we see many patterns that are revisited in the New Testament. The candlestick (Revelation 1:12-13, 2:5), the offerings/sacrifices (Hebrews 9:12-10:4), and Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7; Matthew 26: 17-28) just to name a few. Note that even in the book of Numbers, so far back in Israel’s history, we see SO much foreshadowing of Christ. Like a great author, the foreshadowing points subtly forward to the Candlestick who stands above the others, the Perfect Sacrifice, our Passover Lamb: Jesus Christ. It’s easy to get lost in the details of these passages and not see how masterfully the text points to Christ, but when we observe the beauty of God’s revelation, we ought to be in awe, not only of his skill, but more importantly of His love for us!
Psalm 110 gives yet more clear references to the Savior. Consider verse 1. “…till thine enemies be made thy footstool.” (Acts 7:49; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:43) Verse 4 is explained in great detail in Hebrews 7. Christ is pictured as a Judge in verse 6, and Matthew 24 as well as Revelation 19:11.
Could all this be on accident? Could so much foreshadowing, and reflection just be a random occurrence? Could 40 men over the course of 1500+ years just “happen” to write all these things in such close harmony? Indeed, this is the work of God, the only one with the foreknowledge to piece these Old Testament passages, and the reality of the New Testament, and specifically of Christ, together in such a perfect way. And just think, the God who knew all of those things in advance, knows your future too. Don’t you think a God with that much knowledge, wisdom, creativity, and power deserves your trust?
No matter what you face today, let God’s Word, both the text itself and it’s overall magnificence give you confidence that He is worthy of your trust. You don’t know what’s coming, but He does, and He already knows how to deal with it, even though you don’t! The One who wove the beautiful tapestry of the Scripture can certainly weave a beautiful tapestry of your life!