Based upon article: by Jud Davis, The Splendor of Thorns, pages 63-65 in Answers Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 3.
Theme: The shadowy gospel as seen through the Fall of man.
- In our previous lesson we saw just how God used the story of the Fall of man (Gen. 1-3) as a shadowy gospel.
- Tonight we look at one other – unlikely – instrument in this divinely orchestrated story of redemption: thorns.
ALL THORNS POINT TO CHRIST
- God pronounced a thorny curse in the lives of mankind (and ground) until redemption came through the seed of woman. Gen. 3:17-18
- Later, God used a place of a thorny bush – to bring about deliverance (through Moses) yet a law that reminded them of their sins (curse). Exo. 3 (Lk. 20:37; Acts 7:30); Exo. 18-20 (Heb. 12:18ff)
- When Israel became a people of God – He had this rebellious people build a shadowy tabernacle – made from all things: thorny wood (acacia) – a reminding bridge between curse and redemption. Exo. 25-30
- And, just before entering the Promise Land - God lead his people to encamp at Abel Shittim (Field of Thorns) – seemingly a shadow not only of their entrance from the pain/suffering of bondage into freedom. Num. 25; Josh. 2
THE CROWNING MOMENT – WITH THORNS
- With the symbols and shadows pointing toward redemption and our Redeemer you would think that would be enough.
- Only with divine wisdom could God have made this cursed use of thorns as He did when Jesus (mockingly) was crowned with it. Jn. 19:1-5
- It is one thing to note the various texts dealing with thorns in the Bible.
- It is quite a remarkable testament to God’s wisdom that He illustrates sin and redemption with pain and freedom from it, through the unlikeliest of instruments in His eternal plan.