Bible Symbolism
in Genesis

These are some of the texts that shows that God would have used the children of Israel to herald the gospel in advance. As it was the majority of them would not accept it. Gods plan or maybe it should be said what God desired. Was for the physical descendants of Israel to possess some of the wonderful benefits of the gospel, and some of the  privileges, such as the propagation of it. Their refusal (of which he knew in advance,) due to their hardened state left him with one option.  To force them to proclaim it via symbolic rites and rituals that taught about the realities that faith in the redeemer could and would bring. Most of them had no idea they were doing this. This is what the Apostle meant when he referred to the law as a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24.)

 Hebrews 4: 2. For the gospel was preached to us, as well as to them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Hebrews 3:16. For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17. But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness? 18. And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19. So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

1st Corinthians 104. And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

God was going to have their service one way or another, either through the love that works by faith or through force that works through fear, like this:

Hebrews 12:18. For you are not come to the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor to blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19. And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20. (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21. And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

Numbers 15:32. And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day. 33. And they that found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34. And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35. And The Lord said to Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36. And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.

Numbers 1625. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 26. And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins. 27. So they got up from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, with their wives, and their sons, and their little children. 28. And Moses said, Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. 29. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord has not sent me. 30. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertains to them, and they go down quick into the pit; then you willl understand that these men have provoked the Lord. 31. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: 32. And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah, and all their goods. 33. They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. 34. And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also. 35. And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

Now some might think that the Lord is cruel in his treatment of these people. It must be remembered though that these people were the recipients of the greatest signs and wonders mankind had ever seen or ever will see. Moreover God called them in the same way he reaches out to every human; with love and compassion. Unfortunately they had hardened their hearts against everything God was doing in their midst's to the point that there was nothing more that God could do to win them over.  God had every right, yes even an obligation to use them to reach out and save the rest of mankind. Not only by recording in his word these events but by forcing them to keep laws that taught the rest of mankind the gospel. As it is written in Romans: 9

22. What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: 23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had beforehand prepared unto glory, 24. Even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

The vessels of wrath referred to are the majority of the physical descendants of Israel. The vessels of mercy those who put their trust in and therefore obey God. Here is one more example of the extremes to which God went to reach out to them:

Exodus 24:9. Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: 10. And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness. 11. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.

Exodus 11:23. And the Lord said unto Moses, Is the Lord's hand waxed short? you will see now whether my word shall come to pass to you or not. 24. And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle. 25. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. 26. But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

You see, not only did they see him literally and he sat down to dinner with him just as he had done with Abraham, but he also gave them his spirit and empowered them just as he does today. These elders never made it into the promised land, because they did not mix all they saw, all they heard, and what they experienced with the faith that saves.

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