Deuteronomy Helps us See the Savior
And suddenly, isn’t it fascinating, to see these three things put together in Deuteronomy chapter 21 — the firstborn son, the firstfruits of his father’s strength, the one who gets a double portion, the praise and the honor given to the firstborn son. That tells us a lot about Jesus. And then we move on to the story of the rebellious son who is worthy of death, and that tells us how Jesus was rejected. And then we move on to the story of hanging on a tree as a sign of being cursed and abandoned, and that tells us about Jesus. Of course, in case you’re wondering, I’m not just making this up. This is exactly what the Apostles preach, isn’t it? The Apostles appeal to Deuteronomy 21 to explain what happened to Jesus in Acts 5:30. There’s an allusion to Jesus hanging on the tree and again in Acts 10:39. And in Galatians 3:13, Paul quotes this passage from Deuteronomy 21. And again, there’s allusions in 1 Peter 2:24 where Peter wrote, “He bore our sins in his body on the tree.” So I hope you get as excited as I do to see how the Lord has prepared all of this, all of it in places that initially might seem very strange and kind of obscure and maybe even we wonder, “What is the relevance of this?” The relevance is it helps us to see the Savior.