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X Marks the Spot
Dan Stolebarger - August 1, 2004

Message Recap

Treasure Maps lead to an exciting adventure, and take us through various paths, and to exciting places, until we find what we are looking for. When we follow the leading of a treasure map, an X marks the final destination where the treasure will be found. The Bible is the treasure map that leads us to Jesus, however, as we learned through Pastor Dan's message, there isn't just one X where Jesus can be found in the Bible, but the Bible is covered in X's because Jesus is mentioned throughout.

Jesus in Genesis

As the Rock has studied through Genesis, we have beheld many stories from Adam and Eve, to Abraham and Isaac, to Jacob and Joseph. However, when we look closely we find Jesus in the midst of all these stories. He didn't just appear in the Gospels.

In Luke 24:40 Jesus says, This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.

Pastor Dan lead us to one of the first references of Jesus in the Bible which happened in Genesis 3:15 which states, And 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. The offspring not only referred to Eve's own children, but humanity at large, and then Christ and those in Him. Though Satan would cripple mankind, (you will strike at his heel.) The Seed, Christ would deliver the fatal blow, (he will crush your head.)

In the story of Abraham and Isaac we see a parallel of what would happen to Jesus. Genesis 22:2 says, Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about." Just as God would send His only Son Jesus to die as a sacrifice, He asked the same of Abraham to do with his only son. However, when God saw that Abraham feared Him, He provided a ram in the thicket for Abraham to sacrifice instead of Isaac.

Also we see in Genesis 28 another account that made mention of Jesus. In Genesis 28:12, Jacob had a dream, and he had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. In the Gospel of John, Jesus reemphasizes this scripture when He says in John 1:51, I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man. Jacob's dream foretold of Jesus that He would become the way to Heaven, and the communication that will exist between heaven and earth.

Then we find an account in Genesis 32, in which Jacob wrestles with an Angel of God, which was believed to be Jesus. Jacob had been struggling all his life, and though he wrestled with the Angel of God, because of God's mercy Jacob survived and was blessed by God.

Joseph Interprets Dreams

And lastly in Genesis 40, we arrive at the story of Joseph once again. In this chapter we find Joseph confined in prison, and a butler and a baker were confined in the prison with him, and they both had dreams they did not understand. But Joseph was able to interpret their dreams.

This is what it means, Joseph said to him. The three branches are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh's cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon. When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread. In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head." This is what it means, Joseph said. The three baskets are three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat away your flesh. Genesis 40:12-19

As we see though at the end of Genesis 40, that the interpretations Joseph gave came true for both the butler and the baker, however the butler did not remember Joseph. Yet in the weeks unfolding we will see God's faithfulness towards Joseph as he continues to trust God, throughout the many trials that he faces.

Pastor Dan noted in the end of his message, that as we have learned that the Bible reveals all, the good, the bad, and the ugly, however, there are only three people in the Bible about which nothing negative had been written, which certainly includes Jesus, but also Daniel and Joseph. They clearly trusted God and were without blame because they were completely obedient to Him and didn't allow the trials that they faced to strip them of their faith in God.

Jesus From Beginning to End

From Genesis to Revelation we find that Jesus is everywhere. He has always been and always will be. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The book of Genesis gives us just a first glance of who Jesus is, and there is so much more to come.

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