Jesus’ seven last “words” from the cross follow the pattern of Creation. Why? Because He was making all things new.
And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” (Mark 5:30)
Genesis 9 does not tell us what Ham’s intention was when he “saw the nakedness” of his father, Noah. Did he steal Noah’s robe of authority? Did he sleep with his own mother? Perhaps there is a third solution, based upon clues found elsewhere in Genesis, which combines both these possibilities but offers something new.
Part 1 is here.
The Image of Man
This brings us to a substitutionary atonement which we do understand, the fulfilment of the cruciform Tabernacle in the cross of Christ. Although Jesus’ execution was Physical and Social, it was primarily Personal. Beginning in Galilee (World), working through Judah and Samaria (Land) and ending in Jerusalem (Garden), Christ alone ascended to rule all nations.
Every one of God’s houses throughout Bible history has “former days” and “latter days.” This pattern of construction and reconstruction is a process of death and resurrection.
Sacred architecture was always a form of promise, a model of what was yet to come. All of the furnitures in the Tent of Meeting found their fulfilment in the offices and ministry of the people of God, and eventually in Christ. So, it should not surprise us to find that the birth order and names of the twelve sons of Jacob, as his “house,” follow the pattern of the cosmic dwelling established in Genesis 1.
Knowing His paths through Moses and David, in the darkness of the prophets we yet walk in His light.