November 5: “Making Much Of Jesus”

Today’s Bible Reading:

2 Kings 18
Philemon 1
Hosea 11
Psalms 132-134

Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Hosea 11:1 (CSB): “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”

Reflections on Today’s Bible Verse(s):

Only 49 days until Christmas! It is on that day that we celebrate the arrival of God’s Son into our world.

But, if we think that Jesus only appears on the pages of the New Testament, as we read of His birth, His life and death, and His ascension, then we are mistaken. Jesus is all over the pages of the Old Testament! I would go so far as to say that everything written points to Him!

That last statement may have you scratching your head. You may want to believe it while asking for details. I just made a serious claim but what are the specifics.

For starters, Jesus actually showed up in bodily form many, many times in the Old Testament. Simply put, if you see someone in bodily form in the Old Testament who accepts worship that should only be given to God alone, you’re looking at Jesus.

Quite a few years ago, I was reading through the book of Genesis and saw instance after instance where Jesus stepped into the narrative in human form. If you want to read that article, simply click here. In that article, I outline 6 specific instances when Jesus showed up in the book of Genesis in bodily form.

Another way that Jesus shows up in the Old Testament is when the writers point to the coming Messiah. Most times, they don’t reference Him or even realize they were prophesying about Him. But, from the perspective of the New Testament, we can see that those Old Testament writers we’re giving us a shadow of the coming Christ.

Just one of the hundreds of instances is found in the verse that I chose for today. Let’s read it again.

Hosea 11:1 (CSB): “When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.”

As Hosea wrote those words, he was referring to the nation of Israel. Israel was seen as a son because of at least two reasons. First, God oversaw their birth and growth as a nation. Second, God claimed the role of father over them by giving them instructions and guiding them.

Yet, there is more to Hosea’s words than initially meets the eye. It is a veiled prophecy of how Jesus, the Son of God, would also be called out of Egypt. Hosea 11:1 pointed to Jesus!

How do I know that? Well just listen to the Apostle Matthew as he was led by God’s Holy Spirit to write his Gospel.

Matthew 2:13–15 (CSB): “After they were gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, ‘Get up! Take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. For Herod is about to search for the child to kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night, and escaped to Egypt. He stayed there until Herod’s death, so that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be fulfilled: Out of Egypt I called my Son.”

Did you notice those last few words? “Out of Egypt I called my Son.” That’s a direct quote from Hosea 11:1. In that Old Testament verse, Matthew saw a prophecy that ultimately pointed to Jesus, even though Hosea may not have realized that at the time he wrote it.

So, friend, when you read the Bible, look for Jesus. Regardless of whether you are reading in the Old Testament or New Testament, it’s going to point to Him. And why would it point to Him? Because He is the One who points us to the Father. God glorifies the Son (reveals His goodness and greatness) so that the Son can glorify the Father (John 17:1).

When we make much of Jesus, we make much of God the Father. And when we make much of the Trinity, we have engaged in enjoyable worship that satisfies our soul’s deepest longing.

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Lord Jesus, help me to look for You and find You as I read Your Word. The Father has made much of You in my Bible. So, help me to join in on this activity by making much of You in my life. Help me this day to demonstrate Your goodness and greatness so that I may enjoy You and others may be drawn to You. I pray this in Your Name. Amen.

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I have an incredible wife that God gave to me on May 10, 1997. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three wonderful boys. I am also the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Polk City, Florida.

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