Shadows of Messiah – Tidbit

The English word tidbit comes from the word ‘tid’ meaning ‘fond, tender’ and ‘bit’ which means a ‘morsel.’  The picture I wish to display here is a small morsel of bread that is pinched off which gives a taste of the entire loaf.

The word tidbit traces back to Hebrew word מעדן ‘ma’adan.’ This word is translated as ‘dainties’ or ‘delicacies’ as seen in Genesis 49:20.

Gen 49:20  Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall give a king’s delicacies.

Notice that the Hebrew word for tidbit מעדן ‘ma’adan’ comes from the root עדן ‘eden’ which is the name of the Garden which man was first placed into.  The paradise where man walked in communion with the Most High.  Is it any wonder then that the same Greek word for ‘communion’  κοινωνία ‘koinōnia’ is also translated as ‘breaking bread’?  Here are a few examples of κοινωνια ‘koinonia’ used in Scripture.

2Co 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
1Co 10:17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
1Jo 1:3  That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Co 1:9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eph 3:9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

As mentioned above, מעדן ‘ma`adan’ comes from the root עדן ‘eden’ which is the name of the Garden which the LORD placed man in the beginning.  It is interesting to note that bread is integral in the account of Adam.  After man made the mistake of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, one of the punishments that God put upon man was the struggle for survival and obtaining of food (bread).

Gen 3:19  By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Looking at the Hebrew word for bread לחם ‘lechem’ displays this ‘warfare’ and struggle which will ultimately be overcome by the Messiah.

War is over through the resurrection in Messiah
Job 14:14 If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes.

Isa 40:2 Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem; yea, cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has taken from the hand of Jehovah  double for all her sins.

He gives us the bread that comes without toil
Rev 2:17 The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the one overcoming, I will give him to eat from the hidden manna. And I will give to him a white stone, and on the stone a new name having been written, which no one knows except the one receiving it.
Joh 6:48 I am the Bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50 This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

This concept is further linked in Psalm 36 where the word עדן ‘eden’ is used in reference to the living waters that come forth from the Temple of the Most High.

Psa 36:7  How precious is Your mercy, O God! And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 36:8  They shall be satisfied from the abundance of Your house; and You make them drink the torrent of Your pleasures (עדניך ‘edanekha’ literally your Eden).
Psa 36:9  For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.
Psa 36:10  O continue Your mercy to the ones knowing You, and Your righteousness to the upright of heart.

Joh 7:37  And in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
Joh 7:38  The one believing into Me, as the Scripture said, Out of his belly will flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39  But He said this concerning the Spirit, whom the ones believing into Him were about to receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Rev 21:6  And He said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending. To the one thirsting, I will freely give of the fountain of the Water of Life.
Rev 22:17  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come! And the one hearing, let him say, Come! And the one thirsting, let him come; and the one desiring, let him take of the water of life freely.

Eph 3:14  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15  of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,
Eph 3:16  that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit,
Eph 3:17  that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love,
Eph 3:18  that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height,
Eph 3:19  and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.
Eph 3:20  Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power working in us,
Eph 3:21  to Him be the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.

The Gospel

We are to share His Gospel day by day:

Psa 96:2  Sing to Jehovah; bless His name, bear news of His salvation day by day.

In Hebrew this literally says ‘preach the gospel of His salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus} day by day.’

Psa 96:2  שׁירו ליהוה ברכו שׁמו בשׂרו מיום־ליום ישׁועתו׃

Notice the connection to sharing His Word day by day and sustenance/bread in Psalm 145.

Psa 145:1  A Psalm of Praise, of David. I will exalt you, my God, O King; and bless Your name forever and ever.
Psa 145:2  I will bless You every day; and I will praise Your name forever and ever.
Psa 145:3  Jehovah is great and to be greatly praised; and to His greatness there is no finding out.
Psa 145:4  Generation to generation shall praise Your works; and shall declare Your mighty acts.
Psa 145:5  I will muse on the glorious honor of Your majesty, and the things of Your wonderful works{Muse}
Psa 145:6  And they shall speak of the might of Your awesome works, and I will declare Your greatness.
Psa 145:7  They shall express the memory of Your great goodness, and they shall sing of Your righteousness.
Psa 145:8  Jehovah is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great mercy;
Psa 145:9  Jehovah is good to all; and His tender mercies are over all His works.
Psa 145:10  All Your works shall thank You, O Jehovah; and Your saints shall bless You.
Psa 145:11  They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, and talk of Your might;
Psa 145:12  to make Your might known to the sons of men; yea, the glorious majesty of His kingdom.
Psa 145:13  Your kingdom is a kingdom to all eternities; and Your rule in all, generation and generation.
Psa 145:14  Jehovah upholds all who fall, and raises up all who are bowed down.
Psa 145:15  The eyes of all hope to You; and You give them their food in due time.
Psa 145:16  You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.
Psa 145:17  Jehovah is righteous in all His ways, and kind in all His works.
Psa 145:18  Jehovah is near to all who call on Him, to all those who call on Him in truth.  {Isaiah 55:1-6}
Psa 145:19  He will fulfill the desire of the ones who fear Him; and He will hear their cry and save them.
Psa 145:20  Jehovah watches over all who love Him; but He destroys all the wicked.  {Romans 8:28}
Psa 145:21  My mouth shall speak the praise of Jehovah; and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever.

Psa 81:10  I am Jehovah your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
Psa 81:11  But My people would not listen to My voice, and Israel did not consent to Me.
Psa 81:12  So I gave them up to the stubbornness of their own hearts; they walked in their own conceits.

It is my hopes to share daily tidbits of the Word, shadows of Messiah in all His creation that glorify Him and heed the call of Psalm 145.  These daily tidbits will be shared in hopes that these ‘pinches of bread’ will provoke the reader into desiring a full meal.

Psa 34:8  Taste and see that Jehovah is good; blessed is the man seeking refuge in Him.

The word for taste in the Hebrew is טעם  which has the meaning of distinguishing between flavors or thoughts.

Taking refuge in Him is likened unto abiding under the shadows of His Wings which equivalent to saying you are having is a close relationship with Him.

Notice the connections in Psalm 34 to the current study.  Bread, seeking His Face, blessing Him everyday.

Psa 34:1  A Psalm of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech; and he drove him away, and he went. I will bless Jehovah at all times; His praise shall always be in my mouth.
Psa 34:2  My soul shall make its boast in Jehovah; the humble shall hear and be glad.
Psa 34:3  O magnify Jehovah with me; and let us exalt His name together.
Psa 34:4  I sought Jehovah, and He answered me, and delivered me out of all my fear.
Psa 34:5  They looked to Him and were filled with light; and their faces were not ashamed.  {Psalm 36:9}
Psa 34:6  This poor man cried; and Jehovah heard, and saved him out of all his distress.
Psa 34:7  The Angel of Jehovah camps around those who fear Him, and He sets them free.  {This is a strong link to the concept of the little guy in His Eye – Zechariah 2:5, 8}
Psa 34:8  Taste and see that Jehovah is good; blessed is the man seeking refuge in Him.  {Psalm 91}
Psa 34:9  Fear Jehovah, His saints, for they who fear Him lack nothing.  {Psalm 23:1}
Psa 34:10  The young lions have lacked and been hungry; but they who seek Jehovah shall not lack any good thing.
Psa 34:11  My sons, come, listen to Me; I will make known to you the fear of Jehovah.
Psa 34:12  Who is the man who desires life, who loves days in order to see good?
Psa 34:13  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile;
Psa 34:14  depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Psa 34:15  The eyes of Jehovah are on the righteous; and His ears are open to their cry.
Psa 34:16  The face of Jehovah is against those who do evil, to cut off their memory from the earth.
Psa 34:17  The righteous cry, and Jehovah hears; and He saves them out of all their distresses.
Psa 34:18  Jehovah is near to the broken of heart; and He saves the crushed of spirit.
Psa 34:19  Many are the evils of the righteous, but Jehovah helps him out of them all,
Psa 34:20  keeping all His bones; not one of them is broken.
Psa 34:21  Evil shall slay the wicked; yea, those who hate the righteous shall become guilty.
Psa 34:22  Jehovah is redeeming the soul of His servants; and none of those who trust in Him shall be guilty.

1Pe 2:1  Then laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil words,
1Pe 2:2  as newborn babes desire the pure soul-nourishing milk, that you may grow by it;
1Pe 2:3  if indeed you “tasted” “that the Lord is good;”

Notice the connection between ‘tasting’ and seeing that God is good and the milk of the word seen in Isaiah 28 which is linked with the concept of ‘tidbits’ or ‘here a little, there a little.’

Isa 28:9  To whom shall He teach knowledge? And to whom shall He explain the message? Those weaned from milk, those moving from breasts?
Isa 28:10  For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little.
Isa 28:11  For with stammering lip and other languages, He will speak to this people;
Isa 28:12  to whom He said, This is the rest; cause the weary to rest. Also, This is the repose. But they willed not to hear.
Isa 28:13  Yet the Word of Jehovah was to them, precept on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, there a little; that they might go, and stumble, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Isaiah 28 is further connected to 2 Peter 2 through the concept of those who stumble and fall.

1Pe 2:4  to whom having drawn near, a living Stone, indeed having been rejected by men, but chosen by God, precious;
1Pe 2:5  you also as living stones are being built a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
1Pe 2:6  Because of this, it is also contained in the Scripture: “Behold,” I lay in Zion” an elect, “precious Stone,” “a Corner-foundation;” “and the one believing in Him shall not be ashamed, never!” Isa. 28:16
1Pe 2:7  Then to you who believe belongs the preciousness. But to disobeying ones, He is the “Stone which those building rejected; this One became the Head of the Corner,” Psa. 118:22
1Pe 2:8  and a Stone-of-stumbling, and a Rock-of-offense” to the ones stumbling, being disobedient to the Word, to which they were also appointed. Isa. 8:14
1Pe 2:9  But you are “an elect race,” “a royal priesthood,” “a holy nation,” “a people for possession,” so that “you may openly speak of the virtues” of the One who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; LXX-Ex. 23:22; MT-Ex. 19:5, 6
1Pe 2:10  you who then were “not a people, but now are the people” of God; “the one not pitied then but now pitied.” Hos. 1:6, 9 2:1, 23

This elect race or chosen people is linked to bread through Romans 8.

Rom 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

The following comes from a conversation with Noreen Jacks in regards to Romans 8:28:

“…for those who are called: kletos, also means “invited” (to a banquet!)
according: kata, also means “toward”)
to His purpose: prothesis “the setting forth of a thing, shewbread, Bread of His Presence”
pro = “before” – tithemi = “to place” (to place before His Presence)
shew: deiknumi = “to show by way of proving, exhibit”
deixis: “pointing, indicating, reference”
shew and deixis = similar meanings, exhibiting and pointing (emphatic ?)

And we know that He causes all things to work together for those who love God, to those who are invited to the Bread of His Presence [His banqueting table].  Rom 8:26

Yeshua’s purpose is to call us to His banqueting table and feed us the sacred Bread of His Presence, allowing the redeemed to know both faces (panim) or natures of God, the human and the divine!!!  The twelve tribes – twelve loaves (Bread of His Presence) demonstrate extraordinary unity, even closer than a marriage!”

Mat 22:1  And answering, Jesus again spoke to them in parables, saying:
Mat 22:2  The kingdom of Heaven is compared to a man, a king, who made a wedding feast for his son.
Mat 22:3  And he sent his slaves to call those being invited to the wedding feast, but they did not desire to come.
Mat 22:4  Again, he sent other slaves, saying, Tell the ones invited, Behold, I have prepared my supper; my oxen, and the fatlings are killed, and all things ready; come to the wedding feast.
Mat 22:5  But not caring they went away, one to his own field, and one to his trading.
Mat 22:6  And the rest, seizing his slaves, insulted and killed them.
Mat 22:7  And hearing, the king became angry. And sending his armies, he destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
Mat 22:8  Then he said to his slaves, Indeed, the wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.
Mat 22:9  Then go onto the exits of the highways and call to the wedding feast as many as you may find.
Mat 22:10  And going out into the highways, those slaves gathered all, as many as they found, both evil and good. And the wedding feast was filled with reclining guests.
Mat 22:11  And the king coming in to look over those reclining, he saw a man there not having been dressed in a wedding garment.
Mat 22:12  And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here, not having a wedding garment? But he was speechless.
Mat 22:13  Then the king said to the servants, Binding his feet and hands, take him away and throw him out into the outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of the teeth.
Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few chosen.

Bread & the Gospel

Act 5:20  Go! And standing in the temple, speak to the people all the words of this Life.  Followers of Messiah did not claim to be a part of a religion, but a Way of Life (Acts 9:2; 19:9, 23; 24:5,14,22).  Life is linked to eating.

Chay Life

Man does not live by bread (לחם ‘lechem’ – food, sustenance) but by every WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God.

The Scriptures liken the Word to bread/food.  When our bellies are full of the Word/Jesus we have life.  When our bellies are empty of the Word/Messiah we are dead, we are walking in darkness.

Psa 102:4  My heart is stricken and dried like grass, so that I forget to eat my bread.

5.     My heart is smitten like grass and will dry up; for I have forgotten the Torah of my instruction.


Messiah is the bread from Heaven that gives Life

Joh 6:30  Then they said to Him, Then what miraculous sign do You do that we may see and may believe You? What do You work?
Joh 6:31  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written “He gave them bread out of Heaven to eat.” LXX-Psa. 77:24; MT-Psa. 78:24
Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses has not given you the bread out of Heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of Heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is He coming down out of Heaven and giving life to the world.

Joh 6:48  I am the Bread of life.
Joh 6:49  Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50  This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51  I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh {Hebrew – basar = Gospel}, which I will give for the life of the world.

Exo 16:4  And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, I AM! Bread will rain from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather the matter of a day in its day, so that I may test them, whether they will walk in My Law or not.

the matter of a day in its day ‘davar-yom b’yom’

Exo 16:4  ויאמר יהוה אל־משׁה הנני ממטיר לכם לחם מן־השׁמים ויצא העם ולקטו דבר־יום ביומו למען אנסנו הילך בתורתי אם־לא׃

Notice again the connection of daily bread.

Angels food=Manna

Psa 78:23  And He commanded the fine clouds above; and He opened the doors of the heavens;
Psa 78:24  and He rained on them manna to eat; yea, He gave the grai of the heavens to them.
Psa 78:25  Man ate the bread of the mighty (KJV angels); He sent them food (KJV meat צדה ‘tsedah’= provision) to the full.

That which angels seek

1Pe 1:10  About which salvation the prophets sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the grace for you,

1Pe 1:11  searching for what, or what sort of time the Spirit of Christ made clear within them; testifying beforehand of the sufferings belonging to Christ, and the glories after these.

1Pe 1:12  To whom it was revealed that not to themselves, but to us they ministered the same things, which now were announced to you by those having preached the gospel to you in the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven; into which things angels long {ἐπιθυμέω ‘epithumeō’} to look into

Thayer Definition:
1) to turn upon a thing
2) to have a desire for, long for, to desire
3) to lust after, covet
3a) of those who seek things forbidden (hidden)

Recall above that Gospel is linked with the communion/fellowship of the Mystery of Messiah {Ephesians 3:9}.

What is the Hebrew word for hidden?

Hidden Matza

The word מצצה ‘matza’ (unleavened bread) comes from the root word מצא ‘matza’ meaning something hidden or squeezed.  Salvation (ישועה ‘yeshuah’) is connected to מצצה ‘matsa’ (unleavened bread) as unleavened Bread is a picture of Messiah.  מצצה ‘matsa’ is pierced, bruised and striped which points back to Isaiah 53, where the Right Arm of the LORD is revealed.

It is interesting to note that the word for communion in Greek  κοινωνία ‘koinōnia’ is used in the Septuagint to translate the word חבר ‘chabar.’  חבר ‘chabar’ has the meaning of something that is bound together.  Even more interesting is that the word for stripes חברבורה ‘chabarborah’, as in the stripes on the מצצה ‘matsa’ and back of Messiah comes from this root חבר ‘chabar.’
Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes {חברבורה ‘chabarborah’} we are healed.

The Right Arm of God = the Light of His Face (לחם פנים ‘lechem paniym’)

Psa 44:3  For they did not inherit the land with their own sword; yea, their own arm did not save them. But it was Your right hand and Your arm and the light of Your face, because You favored them.

Table of Shewbread

Exo 25:30 – Shew-bread – לחם פנים  lechem panim literally, bread of faces

His Face (פנים ‘paniym’) = Jesus

Psa 42:5  O my soul, why are you cast down and moan within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet thank Him for the salvation (ישועה ‘yeshuah’) of His presence (פנים ‘paniym’).

Yeshua face

Psa 44:3  For they did not inherit the land with their own sword; yea, their own arm did not save them. But it was Your right hand (Messiah – Exodus 15) and Your arm (Messiah – Isaiah 53) and the light of Your face, because You favored them.

His Face = His Image

Heb 1:3  who being the shining splendor of His glory, and the express image of His essence, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, having made purification of our sins through Himself, He sat down on the right of the Majesty on high, Psa. 110:1

Psa 17:15  As for me, in righteousness I will look upon Your face; when I awaken, I shall be satisfied by Your image.

The Table

Apostle = שוליח ‘shaliach’ from the same root as table which is  שלח ‘shalach’ which means to send something forth.

Apostles take for the Bread of Life to the world
Isa 52:7  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him proclaiming good news, making peace heard, bearing tidings of good, making heard salvation, saying to Zion, Your God reigns.
Joh 4:32  But He said to them, I have food to eat which you do not know.
Joh 4:33  Then the disciples said to one another, No one brought Him food to eat?
Joh 4:34  Jesus said to them, My food is that I should do the will of Him who sent Me, and that I may finish His work.
Joh 6:51  I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Bread=His flesh=Basar

Mat 4:4  But answering, He said, It has been written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word going out of the mouth of God.” Deut. 8:3
Mat 6:11  Give us today our daily bread,

Deu 8:3  And He has humbled you, and caused you to hunger, and caused you to eat the manna, which you had not known, and your fathers had not known, in order to cause you to know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man shall live by every Word that proceeds {מוצא ‘motsa’} from the mouth of Jehovah.


môtsâ’ מצא  /  מוצא

This is related to the Hebrew word for unleavened bread


BDB Definition:
1) unleavened (bread, cake), without leaven.

The Gospel is connected with flesh. Where is the first reference to flesh? The union of Adam and Eve…a picture of Jesus and His Bride becoming one, the fulfillment of the Good News.

Gen 2:21  And Jehovah God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.
Gen 2:22  And Jehovah God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.
Gen 2:24  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh
Eph 5:30  For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
Eph 5:31  “For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.”
Gen. 2:24
Eph 5:32  The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.

The word for bride is:

This comes from the root כל ‘kol’ which is related to the belly (חי ‘chay’ – life):

The Hebrew word for food comes from this same root:

The Hebrew word for Temple (היכל ‘heykal’) comes from the same root as  food and bride (כל ‘kol’).

Recall Psalm 36 links His House with the ‘food’ of Eden.
Psa 36:8  They shall be satisfied from the abundance of Your house; and You make them drink the torrent of Your pleasures (עדן ‘eden’).

The bread of the Presence sat upon a table.  The Hebrew word for table is שולחן ‘shulchan’ coming from the root שלח ‘shalach’ meaning to send out, as in one sending out his hand to the table to receive food (life).  This is the concept of an Apostle (שוליח ‘sholiach’), one who sends forth a message of good news (בסר ‘basar’ – meat/gospel).

The first use of the word שלח ‘shalach’ is seen in Genesis 3:23 where Adam was expelled from the Garden due to the sin of eating from the tree of knowledge.

Gen 3:23 Jehovah God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground out of which he was taken.

Adam was to work the ground from whence he was taken. Adam, who partook of the tree of knowledge which brings death, sent forth שלח ‘shalach’ his message to the world (1 Corinthians 15:22). The bread that comes forth from the earth brings temporal life but cannot deliver from death. The message of Messiah comes forth from the Tree of Life. It is the bread from heaven that brings life to the world.

Isa 52:7  How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him proclaiming good news, making peace heard, bearing tidings of good (בסר ‘basar’), making heard salvation (ישועה ‘yeshuah’), saying to Zion, Your God reigns.

The account of Adam in the Garden is a shadow of the Gospel.  Recall again Psalm 36.

Psa 36:7  How precious is Your mercy, O God! And the sons of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.

In His Shadow/Image

Gen 1:26  And God said, let Us make man in Our image {צלם ‘tselem’}, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creepers creeping on the earth.
Gen 1:27  And God created the man in His own image
{צלם ‘tselem’}; in the image {צלם ‘tselem’} of God He created him. He created them male and female.


Psa 61:4  I will dwell in Your tabernacle* forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

*The Tabernacle/His House = the abiding in His Wings

Zion = His habitation…Zion = His people (Isaiah 51:16)

Psa 132:13  For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Under His Wings=the apple of His Eye=the Little Guy in His Eye=His covenant Bride=His Body

Psa 63:7  For You have been a help to me, and I will rejoice under the shadow of Your wings.

Psa 63:8  My soul is cleaved (clings Deuteronomy 10:20; 11:22) after You; Your right hand (Messiah) upholds me.

Abiding in the cleft of the rock = abiding under the shelter of His wings

Psa 61:4 I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Abiding in the Tabernacle = abiding in the shelter of His wings

Rev 7:15  Because of this they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary. And He sitting on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.

Psa 27:5  For in the day of evil He shall hide me in His shelter; in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.

The Promise to Abraham

The Gospel is the promise to Abraham revealed through the Word.

1Pe 1:25  But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Psa 68:11  Jehovah gave the Word; the bearers (בסר ‘basar’ – gospel) of it were a great army.
Act 10:34  And opening his mouth, Peter said, Truly I see that God is not a respecter of faces,
Act 10:35  but in every nation the one fearing Him and working righteousness is acceptable to Him.
Act 10:36  The Word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching the gospel of peace through Jesus Christ, this One is Lord of all.

Eph 1:13  in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,

The Gospel is the promise to the fathers.

Act 13:32  And we preach the gospel to you, the promise made to the fathers,
Gal 3:8  And the Scripture foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel before to Abraham: “All the nations will be blessed” “in you.” Gen. 12:3

The promise to Abraham is the Gospel/good news
Rom 4:13  For the promise was not through Law to Abraham, or to his seed, for him to be the heir of the world, but through a righteousness of faith.
Gal 3:16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

The Promise = the Word
Deu 6:3  Hear, then, O Israel, and take heed to do it, that it may be well with you, that you may increase greatly, as Jehovah the God of your fathers has promised {דבר ‘davar’ – Word} you, in the land flowing with milk and honey.

Exo 12:25  And it shall be, when you come into the land which Jehovah shall give to you, as He has spoken, you shall observe this service.
Deu 1:11  May Jehovah the God of your fathers add to you a thousand times more than you are, and bless you as He has spoken to you!
Deu 19:8  And if Jehovah your God shall enlarge your border, as He has sworn (שבע ‘sheva`’) to your fathers, and shall give to you all the land which He has spoken to give to your fathers,
Deu 26:18  And Jehovah has declared you today to be His people, a special treasure as He has spoken to you, and to keep all His commands.
Jer 32:42  For so says Jehovah: As I have brought this great evil on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I am speaking to them.
Jer 33:14  Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will fulfill the good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.
Jer 33:15  In those days, and at that time, I will cause a Branch of Righteousness to grow up to David. And He shall do judgment and righteousness in the land.
Jer 33:16  In those days Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell in safety. And this is the name that shall be called on her: JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

1Jn 2:25  And this is the promise which He promised us: everlasting life.

The promise to Abraham was also sworn as an oath.  The word for seven and oath in Hebrew are exactly the same, again connecting the Gospel to time as the week consists of 7 days.

Deu 7:8  But because Jehovah loved you, and because He kept the oath which He swore to your fathers, Jehovah  has caused you to go out with a strong hand, and redeemed you from the house of slaves, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Deu 7:9  Because of this, know that Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to those who love Him, and to those who keep His commands, to a thousand generations;

Psa 105:8  He has remembered His covenant forever; the Word He commanded to a thousand generations;
Psa 105:9  which He cut with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac;
Psa 105:10  and He established it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for a perpetual covenant;

Luk 1:68  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, because He visited and worked redemption for His people.
Luk 1:69  And He raised up a Horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David;
Luk 1:70  even as He spoke through the mouth of His holy prophets from the age before:
Luk 1:71  Salvation from ones hostile to us, and from the hand of all the ones hostile to us,
Luk 1:72  to execute mercy with our fathers, and to remember His holy covenant,
Luk 1:73  the oath which He swore to our father Abraham,
Luk 1:74  to give to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of those hostile to us, in order to serve Him without fear,
Luk 1:75  in consecration and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.

Heb 6:13  For God having made promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, “He swore by Himself,”
Heb 6:14  saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” Gen. 22:16, 17
Heb 6:15  And so, being long-suffering, he obtained the promise.
Heb 6:16  For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath to make things sure is to them the end of all gainsaying.
Heb 6:17  In which way, desiring to more fully declare to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His counsel, God interposed by an oath,
Heb 6:18  that through two unchangeable things, in which it was not possible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, those having fled to lay hold on the hope set before us,
Heb 6:19  which we have as an anchor of the soul, both certain and sure, and entering into the inner side of the veil, Lev. 16:12
Heb 6:20  where Jesus entered as forerunner for us, having become a High Priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.

There are different aspects to the promise to Abraham, all of which can be used to display different aspects of the Gospel and shadow pictures of Messiah.

He was promised a Seed (Genesis 15:4).  This Seed is referring to Messiah (Galatians 3:17) and is also described as the Word (Luke 8:11).  Shadow pictures of Life (Biology)

His seed was to be as the stars (Genesis 15:5; 22:17) – Shadow pictures in the skies (Astronomy)

His seed was to be as the sand/dust (Genesis 13:16; 22:17) – Shadow pictures in the earth (Geology)

His seed was to overcome the gate of their enemies (Genesis 22:17; Matthew 16:18) – Exposing the beast and overcoming it by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).

All families were to be blessed in him (Genesis 12:3) – Shadow pictures in people (Psychology)

All nations were to be blessed in him (Genesis 17:4-7; 22:18) – Shadow pictures in nations/history

He was promised the promised land (Genesis 13:14-17; 15:18-21; 17:8) – the Kingdom. (Psalm 145:10-13; Acts 28:23; Matthew 4:23, 9:35; 24:14; Mark 1:1, 14-15; 16:15)

The account of Abraham’s life culminates in Genesis 24 where a wife is found for his son Isaac, a picture of Messiah and His bride being joined together at His return.

The promise is the Word (Psalm 105:42)  – Biblical studies & Etymology/Language.

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