Can You See Him?



#CanYouSeeHim Talk It Over Group Discussion Guide

The son trudges uphill, bearing wood for his own sacrifice; his father has decided to give him up to death. What biblical event does this bring to mind? Is it Abraham and Isaac in Genesis 22, or Christ’s passion in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? The kinship between these two stories is deeper than mere coincidence. Christ is present in the story of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he is present on every page of the Old Testament. Can You See Him?


1. Noah, The Righteous One - Genesis 5:28-7:1
Mankind was wicked before the flood, but Noah was righteous and became the one through whom God saved the remnant.  Jesus, likewise, is the One through whom God by His grace is saving the remnant of believers.

2. Isaac, The Sacrifice - Genesis 22:11-14
Isaac was to be the sacrifice at the direction of his father, Abraham; but God provided the actual lamb for the sacrifice.  Jesus, likewise was the Lamb provided by God as the sacrifice for our sin.

3. Joseph, The Forgiver - Genesis 37:26-36; 41:38-40; 45:1-8; 50:15-21
Joseph's brothers had sold him into slavery, treated him as dead, and feared for their lives when in his presence in Egypt years later. Yet, Joseph forgave them when they came to him (Gen. 50:18). Jesus, likewise, forgives those who come to Him (Luke 23:40-43).

4. Moses, The Deliverer - Exodus 3:1-22; 12:29-36; 14:23-31
Moses, the Jewish baby brought up in Pharaoh's home as his son, came back to his people, called by God to deliver them; and in God's power he did so.  Jesus, likewise, came to the earth to deliver mankind from their captivity to sin.

5. Boaz, The Redeemer - Ruth 1:22; 2:1-13; 3:6-13; 4:1-10,17
Ruth the Moabites went to Israel with her mother-in-law, Naomi, both widows, returning to Bethlehem.  Boaz, the kinsman of Naomi, redeemed Ruth, buying the family land and taking Ruth as his wife.  Jesus, likewise, paid the price to redeem all who come to Him in faith.

6. David, The King - 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 2 Samuel 2:1-4; 5:1-5; Revelation 7:12-16; 19:11-16
David was anointed by Samuel at God's direction to reign after King Saul, and David ultimately did take the throne and ruled.  God promised that his kingdom would last forever.  Jesus, likewise, as David's heir, was the fulfillment of this covenant, and He will take His throne and reign forever.