Jason L. Lavoie Jr.

Israel’s Call to Holiness and the Typography of Her Patriarchs The mercy and compassion of God is so thorough and all-pervasive that even after the great ancestral sin He immediately gave man a promise: that he would raise one up who would bruise the head of the devil, destroying his power over mankind [Genesis 3:15]. This promise was to come in the form and substance of a child (seed) of Eve and would prove to be the Wisdom and Power which would restore mankind and the entire universe to a state of glory. Because of the great faith of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob-Israel it was this specific bloodline that was chosen by God to bear the Promised One to come [Hebrews 11:2]. However, to be the people chosen to bear Christ means more than simply to “be fruitful and multiply” until God determines its the best time for Him to be a fruit of their line. The coming of Christ required preparation on the part of man, and the nation of Israel is chosen to make those preparations so that they might be blessed and so that in them “all the families of the earth [would] be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3). This preparation consisted of two things: the call to holiness and the prophetic typography found in the actions of the patriarchs, both of which are found most representative in the person of Moses. The commandment to become “a holy nation” (Exodus 19:5-6) is the most concise summary of what the people of Israel were called to do. Those who fulfilled this command of God had a closer relationship to Him in their own lifetime, unknowingly prepared themselves for Christ’s descent into Hades, and became witnesses to the people around them of the glory, power, and law of God. “You shall therefore keep all my statutes and all my ordinances, and do them... You shall be holy to me; for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” (Leviticus 20:22,26) This specific call to holiness is the final point of all the non-religious commandments given to Israel in the book of Leviticus. With this in mind, it seems that the call to holiness is intimately linked with the call to keep Gods commandments and, it can be assumed

When Israel kept God’s commandments. The eternal blessing given to Israel is found in this same call to holiness. . making peace by the blood of his cross. God identified with them as His people and His presence was with them. after death. able to know Christ upon His descent into Hades and thus be able to rejoice when “He ascended on high” leading them as “a host of captives” (Ephesians 4:8. In their call to holiness and being chosen to bear Christ in their line they also benefit all the families of the earth. To have His presence dwelling among them was a great blessing. John the Theologian tells us in his first epistle that those who keeps God’s commandments know Him (1 John 2:3). deliverance from Egypt. In their following God’s commandments on earth they were preparing themselves for Christ and eternal life without even knowing it. Even without their knowledge of a Messiah. that holiness is found in the fulfillment of the commandments of God. The most obvious way is through the birth of Christ who “reconcile[s] to himself all things. God allowed them to receive the eternal blessing of His Son were Israel to take up its call to holiness. showing that they found favor in His sight (Exodus 33:15-16) and with that favor came blessings both temporal (manna.9). whether on earth of in heaven. St.from this.” (Colossians 1:20) In their being holy they were also meant to become an example to others of holiness and in their obedience to God they were meant to show forth the power and law of God in their actions and words. God not only gave a way for the Israelites to be in His presence in their lives on earth but also gave them a way to experience His presence even in Hades in the descent of Christ. Those Israelites who kept God’s commandments in their lifetime were. establishment of the nation of Israel) and eternal. She told them that because of the signs and wonders shown by God and through them she recognized their God as the true God (Joshua 2:9-13). This is shown forth best in the Israeli spies encounter with Rahab.

so the dead Christ raised up upon the wooden cross defeated Death. just as the serpent being raised up on the wooden staff cured the poison of the serpents. which is the triumph of mankind to this day fulfilled in Christ. While he was not without fault he went forty years with a people who continually disobeyed God without losing faith in Him and almost always abiding by His commandments. He continually interceded for the people of Israel even in their deepest sins when God wanted to destroy them (Exodus 32). Even Scripture testifies that a prophet such as Moses never arose in Israel (Deuteronomy 24:10). This battle was won by the effort of Israel’s army but only when that effort was combined with Moses’s arms being raised in the shape of a cross while he stood on the top of a hill. . This role is seen most clearly in the actions commanded to Moses. Moses life is truly represents of the calling of Israel more so than any other Israelite read of thus far. Many commandments given to them would typify Christ. In this we see the combined struggle of man with Christ crucified against the powers of darkness. he was propped upon a rock and his arms had to be held up by his brother Aaron and Hur. Again another type is seen when his arms grew weary. those struggling with their faith. Moses clearly fulfills this second preparatory call in His obedience but he also best represents the call to holiness in a way that extends beyond the typography of Christ. The faithful. John the Forerunner who Christ calls greater than all those born of women (Matthew 11:11). After their victory Moses commanded the battle be recorded and proclaimed with triumph: “The Lord is my banner.” (John 3:14) This typography is quite amazing. Another type of Christ prefigured by Moses is found in the battle of Israel with Am’alek (Exodus 17:8-16. who is so great a representative of this that Christ Himself mentions his typographic actions: that He will have to be raised up just as “Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness. at least until St.The patriarchs themselves had a very special role in their call to holiness. helping those in the future come to see that He is truly the Messiah. In this we see that Christ crucified at the hands of man.” It is this banner. the Cross. He was blessed with the radiance of the Uncreated Light after talking with God on Sinai. and even those who have none are benefited greatly by this and all types of Christ found in the patriarchs of Israel and so this can be called an unknown calling of Israel and a benefit given by the holiness and obedience of them and their Patriarchs alike.

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