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Favorite 20 Shadows of the Cross

May 18, 2017

Scripture gives us many parallels, patterns, pictures, and types examples, or shadows of the cross. Below are several:

The Blood on the Door:
Exodus 12:7 – “You shall take some of the blood of the Lamb and put it on the two door posts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”
Exodus 12:22 – “Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two door posts with the blood in the basin.”
Hebrews 11:28 – “You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.”

The Lintel is the horizontal crosspiece over an opening such as a door, or window, usually carrying the weight of the structure above it. The door posts are the two frames on either side of the door. The blood of the spotless sacrifice was taken from the basin on the ground and put on the lintel and on the door posts of their homes so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. This foreshadowed the blood of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach, the Lamb of God, who gave his blood for the sins of all people. Thus, without realizing it, the Egyptian Hebrews were making the sign the cross itself in this act. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

Moses and His Hands:
Exodus 17:12 – “But Moses’ hands grew weary; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun.” The position of Moses, with both hands out, becomes a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Tabernacle Set-up:
Numbers 3:23-38 – The groupings of the tribes around the Tabernacle form a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Altar of Sacrifice:
Exodus 29:12 – “You shall take some of the blood of the bull and put it on the horns of the altar.
The Altar of Sacrifice is, of course, the place where the sacrifice for sin takes place (Exodus 27:1-8). The blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the four horns of the altar (Exodus 29:12 and 30:10, Leviticus 4:7-34, Ezekiel 43:20), which symbolize the four points of the cross that were covered with Yeshua’s blood: At the head from the crown of thorns, and at the feet and the two arms (hands), from the puncture wounds of the nails that held him to the cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Anointing of Aaron and His Sons:
Exodus 29:20-21, Leviticus 8:23-24 – “And you shall take some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the lobes of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet.
Note the four points of blood: the head, the hands, the feet. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Bronze Serpent:
Numbers 21:8-9 – “And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”
John 3:14-15 – “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.
Moses made a serpent of bronze, put it upon a pole, and whenever a serpent bit someone that person would look at the serpent of bronze image would be healed by faith, and live. So, too, do we look at a cross and see Yeshua for healing and salvation. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Marks of God:
Genesis 4:15 – “And the LORD put a mark on Cain, so that no one who came upon him would kill him.”
Ezekiel 9:4-6 – “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of those who sigh and groan over all the abominations that are committed in it.”
Scripture does not directly tell us what these marks will be, but the word for mark is “tav”. In the original Hebrew it would look like a modern letter “T”. Since the sign of the cross throughout scripture symbolizes salvation, healing, and redemption, we can safely presume that the marks took the shape of a cross. Hence, a Shadow of the Cross!

The Seal of God:
Revelation 7:4 – “And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel.”
Revelation 9:4 – “The locusts were told not to damage the grass of the earth or any green growth or any tree, but only those people who do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.”
Again, scripture does not directly tell us what shape these seals will be, but it will not surprise me if these, too, are in the shape of a cross.

Patterns in the shape of the Hebrew letter tav, or a “T”, are found throughout scripture. All are shadows of the Cross.

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