SDA Sabbath School Lessons
Sunday June 30, 1996

Christ in the Five Books of Moses
(Luke 24:27,44)

What passages from the writings of Moses may Jesus have referred to as He taught the two disciples on the way to Emmaus? Study the Christ-centered significance of the following passages:

Genesis 3:15 is the first gospel text. Even that first reference to Christ speaks of His death. Christ is the true "seed " of the "woman" (Gal. 3:16,17). His death provided a mortal wound to Satan and his pretensions (John 12:31; 1 John 3:8).

"As soon as there was sin, there was a Saviour. Christ knew that He would have to suffer, yet He became man's substitute."- Ellen G. White Comments, SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 1, p. 1084.

Before Israel left Egypt, God initiated the Passover service. The blood of the slain lamb was placed on doorposts and lintels (Exod. 12:5-14) as a type of the blood of Christ (1Corin. 5:7).

The bronze snake (Num. 21:4-9), held up on a pole to which dying Israelites were to look, symbolized Christ as our sin-bearer on Calvary. He took our place. He became sin for us (2 Corin. 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24).

Balaam's prophecy regarding a "star" that would "come forth out of Jacob" (Num. 24:17, RSV) forshadowed the birth of the Messiah (Matt. 2:2).

Christ met all the conditions of Moses' prophecy regarding "a prophet" like himself (Deut 18:15; compare John 6:14; 7:40). Moses was a type of Christ.

In the light of the Messianic prophecies in the five books of Moses what impression do you think Jesus words had on the two disciples who were walking to Emmaus? What impressions do the New Testament applications of Moses' predictions have on you? What relationship do you see between Revelation 13:8 and the prophecies in the Pentateuch?