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The Cross and Its Shadow - Stephen N. Haskell

The Cross and Its Shadow - Stephen N. Haskell

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The Cross and It’s Shadow
By S.N. HaskellReproduction Copyright Maranatha Media 2001.
Eternity can never fathom the depth of love revealed in the cross of Calvary. It was there that theinfinite love of Christ and the unbounded selfishness of Satan stood face to face. The entire systemof Judaism, with its types and symbols, was a shadow of the cross, extending from Calvary back tothe gate of Eden, and contained a compacted prophecy of the gospel.At the present day the person who comes to the study of the New Testament through theinterpreting lights of the types and symbols of the Levitical services, finds a depth and richness inthe study that are found in no other way. It is impossible to have exalted views of Christ’s atoningwork if the New Testament is studied without a previous knowledge of the deep, bloodstainedfoundations in the Old Testament gospels of Moses and the prophets.“In every sacrifice, Christ’s death was shown. In every cloud of incense His righteousnessascended. By every jubilee trumpet His name was sounded. In the awful mystery of the holy of holies His glory dwelt.”In the light shining from the sanctuary, the books of Moses, with their detail of offerings andsacrifices, their rites and ceremonies, usually considered so meaningless and void of interest, become radiant with consistency and beauty. There is no other subject which so fully unites all partsof the inspired Word into one harmonious whole, as the subject of the sanctuary. Every gospel truthcenters in the sanctuary service, and radiates from it like the rays from the sun.Every type used in the entire sacrificial system was designed by God to bear resemblance tosome spiritual truth. The value of these types consisted in the fact that they were chosen by GodHimself to shadow forth the different phases of the complete plan of redemption, made possible bythe death of Christ. The likeness between type and antitype is never accidental, but is simply afulfilment of the great plan of God.In “The Cross and Its Shadow,” the type and the antitype are placed side by side, with the hopethat the reader may thus become better acquainted with the Saviour. It is not the intention of theauthor of this work to attack any error that may have been taught in regard to the service of thesanctuary, or to arouse any controversy, but simply to present the truth in its clearness.The book is the result of many years of prayerful study of the types and symbols of the sanctuaryservice, and is sent forth with a prayer that the reading of it may arrest the attention of thethoughtless, give the Christian new views of Christ’s character, and lead many into the sunlight of God’s love.
In the government of God, law is the basis upon which everything is made to rest. Law is thefoundation of God’s throne, the stability of His government and character, and the expression of Hislove and wisdom. Disobedience of this law caused the fall of Satan and his host. Disobedience toGod’s commands by Adam and Eve opened the flood gates of woe upon the world, and plunged thewhole human family into impenetrable darkness. But divine love had conceived a plan wherebyman might be redeemed. This plan was revealed in the promise, “I will put enmity between thee andthe woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise Hisheel.”Since the divine law is as sacred as God Himself, only one equal with God could makeatonement for its transgression. Hence, the seed of the woman could refer to none other than theLord Jesus Christ. In this promise to our first parents a gleam of hope penetrated the gloom thatenveloped the minds of the sinful pair, and when a system of sacrifices was made known to themthat demanded the life of an innocent victim, they could see more clearly the import of the promise, – that it involved the death of God’s dear Son to atone for their sin and meet the claims of the broken law. Through this system of sacrifices, the shadow of the Cross reached back to the beginning, and became a star of hope, illuminating the dark and terrible future, and relieving it of itsutter desolation.It was the reflection from the Cross that reached back to the antediluvian age, and kept alive thehope of the faithful few in those years of weary waiting. It was the faith in the Cross that sustained Noah and his family during that terrible experience when God was punishing the world for itstransgression of His holy law. It was a knowledge of the Cross and its significance that causedAbraham to forsake his country, his kindred, and his father’s house, and sojourn with his sons in aland of strangers. It is written of him, “He believed in the Lord, and he accounted it to him for righteousness.” In prophetic vision, Moses was permitted to see the Cross of Christ, and understandmore fully the significance of the brazen serpent he had lifted up in the wilderness for the healing of the people. It was this view that took away the sting of punishment for his own sin, and reconciledhim to the decree that, “he must die in the mount, and be gathered to his people.”The simple system of sacrifices instituted by the Lord in the beginning to symbolize, or  prefigure, Christ, was almost totally lost sight of during the bondage of the children of Israel inEgypt. Upon their return to Canaan, Moses, by divine direction, gave them a more elaborate system,designated in the Scriptures as the “sanctuary and its services.” This earthly sanctuary, with everyminutia of its construction, equipment, and service, was to be built and operated in harmony withthe pattern of the heavenly shown to him in Mount Sinai. Every form, ceremony, and detail of thisservice had a significance, and was designed to give the worshiper a more complete understandingof the great remedial system.In the sanctuary, the Cross of Christ is the great center of the whole scheme of humanredemption. Around it clusters every truth of the Bible. From it radiates light from the beginning tothe end of both dispensations. Nor does it stop here. It penetrates the great beyond, and gives thechild of faith a glimpse of the glories of the future eternal state. Yea, more than this, isaccomplished by the Cross. The love of God is manifest to the universe. The prince of this world iscast out. The accusations which Satan has brought against God are refuted, and the reproach whichhe has cast upon heaven is forever removed. The justice and immutability of God’s law aresustained, and angels, as well as men, are drawn to the Redeemer. The Cross of Christ becomes thescience and song of the universe.It can be truthfully said of the author of “The Cross and Its Shadow,” as it was of one of old, thathe is “mighty in the Scriptures.” In this book he is giving to the world, in condensed form, theresults of the study of years upon this great theme. Through the figures and symbols used in theministration in the earthly sanctuary, the author has made the closing work of Christ in the heavenly

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