Most of the activities that went on in the Old Testament (OT) are actually examples, pattern and shadows which are divinely designed, to make us understand the mysteries embedded in the New Testament (NT).
One of such OT examples is found in the changing of names. For instance, the name “Abram” means “Father” but when the period came to specify what sort of father he is, “Abram” was changed to “Abraham” which means “Father of many nations”. In the same vein, the name “Jehovah” means “The Lord” but when the time came to specify what sort of “Lord” Jehovah is, the name “Jesus” which means “The Lord saves” was introduced. This mystery is what has eluded most professing believers who keep seeing Jehovah and Jesus as two different people. Jehovah and Jesus are the names of the same person like Abram and Abraham!
When we carefully study God’s salvation patterns in the OT, which eventually manifested into reality in the NT, the veil on this mystery will be uncovered. One important phenomenon which we need to accept about our God is His strategic usage of ‘patterns’ to help His servants avoid errors. Heb 8:5 confirms this truth. It says: “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the PATTERN shewed to thee in the mount”. Why will God give Moses a pattern? The simple answer is, to help him avoid errors in the execution His assignment! God is passionate about accuracy!
This same purpose is the reason God began His operations in the OT before eventually introducing the NT. The OT contains the patterns, shadows or examples of the mysteries and hidden divine wisdom operated by God in the NT, to outwit satan. 1 Cor 2:7-8 says “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, …Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” The OT is the pattern; the NT is the real.
Heb 10:1 confirms this. It says: “For the LAW having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect”. It says the OT (“the Law”) is the pattern (“shadow”) of “good things to come” (the NT). It went on to say that the “yearly sacrifices” in the OT are not “perfect things” but “shadows”. (You may call them patterns). The perfection is found in NT: the crucifixion of Jesus! Hear what Jer 31:31-33 says: “Behold, the days come…that I will make a NEW covenant with the house of Israel… Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them… out of the land of Egypt… But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; …I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people”. God said He will leave the OT to begin the NT. He referred to the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt as the substance of that operation. That is to say, that process is God’s salvation pattern in the OT.
(1) Jews represented God’s people in the OT. Exo 3:10 “that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt”. (2) Egypt represented sin in the OT. Eze 30:15 “And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt…”. (3) God CAME DOWN to save in the OT. Exo 3:7-8 “And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, …And I AM COME DOWN to deliver them…”. (4) God used a NAME to save in the OT. Exo 6:1-3 “Then the LORD said… Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, …I am the LORD: And I appeared unto Abraham…Isaac, and…Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them”.
(1) Believers represent real Jews (God’s people) in the NT. Rom 2:28-29 “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit…”. (2) Unbelief represents sin in the NT. Heb 4:11 “…lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief”. (3) God CAME DOWN to save in the NT. Matt 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall …bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US”. (4) God used a NAME to save in the NT. Matt 1:21 “…and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins”.
If “Jehovah” is the name which God used to do the pattern work and “Jesus” is the name which He used to do the real work, which of these two names do you think should be given attention to? The answer is obvious! Why then do most ‘Christians’ see “Jehovah” bigger than “Jesus”? The coined word “Trinity” is the reason. Trinity divides God into three and makes Jesus smaller than Jehovah which is an error. The Word should be ‘Diversity’ as in 1 Cor 12:6. “And there are DIVERSITIES of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all”. Many sincere believers have been blinded by the word ‘Trinity’ hence they cannot see ‘Diversity’. In fact, most pastors unconsciously preach ‘Diversity’ but call it ‘Trinity’.
Hear what Isa 12:2 says: “Behold, God is my salvation; I WILL TRUST, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength… he also is BECOME my SALVATION”. This scripture says “trust” and don’t be afraid to say that the Lord Jehovah of the OT has now become your salvation, that is JESUS in the NT! Jehovah and Jesus are but the same person!