Symbolized or Typified in the Old Testament

Symbolized or Typified in the Old Testament
By O. F. Fauss

As we study the Word of God, it is wonderful to note that the author of the Scriptures, “spoke the end from the beginning,” and of “things that are not as though they are.” It is wonderful how God delights to reveal His Word to those who are hungry and seeking for an understanding of His great plan and purpose among men, whom He created for His glory, and came to redeem.

Adam and Eve, type of Christ and the Church:

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called, Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Genesis 2:21-23).

In both Romans and I Corinthians Paul refers to Adam and Christ, showing that Adam was a type of Christ.

Let us notice that in comparing the two: Adam went to sleep, and while asleep there was taken from his side that which brought into existence, Eve, his wife. Jesus, while asleep in death on the cross, His side was also pierced, “And forthwith came there out blood and water,” (John 19:34), the elements by which He hath chosen to bring forth His church. His bride.

Adam only had one wife. Jesus only had one church.

Eve was the mother of all living. The Church is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4:26; Revelation 21:2).

Adam said Eve was flesh of his flesh and bone of his bones. To be in the bride of Christ, both the blood and water are essential, and placed in God’s plan of salvation.

Typified in the Furniture of the Outer Court of the Tabernacle.

Everyone who studies the plan of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, given to Moses, will agree that “Moses wrote of Jesus.” Many writers have given wonderful explanations proving this to be true.

All agree that the “Brazen Altar” was fulfilled when Jesus went to the cross. He was the lamb of God; He became the sacrifice for sin. In all this it is easy to agree. Yet when we move on out or toward the “Sanctuary” or “Holy Place” the next thing we find is the “Brazen Laver.”

In order for the priest to get into the “Holy Place,” where the light of the Golden Candlesticks shine, where he could partake of the Shew-bread, and worship at the “Golden Altar of Incense” or even pass through the first vail, he must first come by way of the “Brazen Altar,” the sacrifice for sin, and then, with the blood, upon him, must wash in the “Brazen Laver” lest he die, (Read: Exodus 30:18-20; Mark 16:16) before passing through the vail. Hence the “washing in the Brazen Laver” is fulfilled in the New Testament plan (the Old Testament was a type) when we have accepted Jesus at the Cross (Brazen Altar), and our faith in His blood is evidenced by our obedience in baptism in His name (Brazen Laver) and are filled with the Holy Ghost (the first vail).

God’s name was in the old Temple as we read in I Kings 8:29, “That shine eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of which thou hast said, ‘My name shall be there’.” God’s name must therefore be in the New Temple which Jesus spoke of when He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).

Typified by Ark of Covenant:

All the Ark of the Covenant contained or possessed and all it figuratively spoke of, today is found in Jesus. God’s name was in the Ark (II Samuel 6:2). “The ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD.” It was where His glory dwelt, “between the cherubims.” Jesus is our Ark today, and we will never behold God’s glory outside of Him. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). “To give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (II Corinthians 4:6).