Jesus in the old testament

Where, specifically, can we find any evidence of Jesus, either in His God/man incarnate form, or in a pre-incarnate form as the Son of God? There are so many places that one blog would not do the subject justice, but here are a few to consider.

  • Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The word God here is Strong’s Hebrew #430, Elohim, which is plural of Eloah. It can mean plural leaders, divine ones, angels, but in this context it clearly refers to God, which is one in nature but plural in being composed of three persons.
  • Genesis 1:1 – The actual Hebrew of Genesis 1:1 is in this order: Beginning created God (et) the heavens and the earth. The Hebrew word ‘et’ is not translated. Strong’s concordance describes it as ‘eth’ – an untranslatable mark of the accusative. The word ‘et’ is composed of two Hebrew letters: aleph (the first letter) and tav (the last letter). Why is it inserted here? Jesus, in Revelation 1:17, said “I am the first and the last” or “I am the alpha and the omega” in Greek, or in Hebrew, certainly the language He used to speak to John the revelator, “I am the aleph tav”. So we see two places where Jesus or Yeshua (His Hebrew name) appeared as early as Genesis 1:1!
  • Genesis 1:2 – …the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Spirit is from Strongs 7307, Ruach. It means breath, wind, spirit. If God is one, and yet in three persons, there is the sense at least of God the Son being attached to this scripture. And since, in John 1:1, we read that “In the beginning was the Word (as the Son of God), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”; This means that the Son of God served as the right arm of God in the creation of the universe. And later in Genesis we later God, plural, Elohim, say “Let there be light” and it would naturally be the three persons of God working in concert to make this happen. We later read about Moses floating as a baby boy on the waters of the Nile in a basket, and some theologians tie this event to the Spirit of God hovering over the waters, to show the divine call in Moses’ life. How much more so when Jesus walks on the water?
  • Genesis 1:26 – And God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”. The Hebrew word used for ‘Our Image’ is Besalmenu. The root ‘besalem’ means ‘image’, and the addition of ‘enu’ at the end makes it ‘Our image’. This supports the idea of one God composed of three persons, one of those persons being the Son of God.
  • Genesis 3:15 – The LORD said to the serpent “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” This was in fact accomplished when the seed of the woman, Jesus, the Messiah, was hung on a cross and killed, his palms and feet pierced by nails, only to rise again and crush the head of the serpent by giving His life as a payment for the sin of mankind, thus defeating Satan, the accuser, and defeating death.

There are many other examples of Jesus / Yeshua in the Old Testament which will be forthcoming in future posts.