Tuesday, March 16, 2010

An Amazing Picture of Christ Crucified -- in the Jewish Books of the Bible!

In Exodus 17, the Israelites crossing the Sinai Peninsula after their miraculous escape through the Red Sea must fight the army of Amalek if they are to continue their journey...

8 At Rephidim, Amalek came and waged war against Israel. 9 Moses, therefore, said to Joshua, "Pick out certain men, and tomorrow go out and engage Amalek in battle. I will be standing on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand." 10 So Joshua did as Moses told him: he engaged Amalek in battle after Moses had climbed to the top of the hill with Aaron and Hur. 11 As long as Moses kept his hands raised up, Israel had the better of the fight, but when he let his hands rest, Amalek had the better of the fight. 12 Moses' hands, however, grew tired; so they put a rock in place for him to sit on. Meanwhile Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other, so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 And Joshua mowed down Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:8-13.

Moses, Aaron and Hur would have looked something like this on top of the hill...

...the Israelite's "savior" in the middle, his hands raised up, and "on wood," with a man to his left and a man to his right. Interestingly, the Hebrew word for the top of the hill is roshe, meaning "head." So, they are at a "head place."

Does this scene remind you of anything? How about Christ crucified between two men on "Skull Place"?

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