Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

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The Jesus Moses Knew, Vicki Huffman’s latest book, shows us how to see Jesus–the pre-incarnate Christ–in many places in the Old Testament.  Jesus didn’t just appear in the New Testament. Jesus had no beginning and will have no end. The Old Testament, like a prequel to a best-selling book, provides details we need for His backstory. He created all things. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and many others. All this happened long before He came as a baby in Bethlehem and died as the Savior on Calvary. The Jesus Moses Knew can help your love for Jesus grow. As you discover more about the One who wants a closer relationship than you can possibly imagine, you’ll never be the same.

The Jesus Moses Knew is now available on amazon.com in print and on Kindle. Here is a small excerpt from it:

Do you remember in the 1990s those colorful dot-filled pictures or posters that had a 2D pattern that repeated several times but also had a hidden 3D pattern in the middle? Those pictures split the population into two groups—one group could see the 3D image and one couldn’t. I was in the latter.

No matter who explained how to do it to me, I could never see the 3D images. My husband and kids saw them. “Oh, look, it’s a lion!” “An eagle—fantastic!” “Can’t you see that?” No, I couldn’t. And I’m still in the frustrated non-seeing group when it comes to those pictures.

The pictures are called autostereograms, and the concept has been around since the 1930s when they were used to study depth perception. The inventor probably never envisioned that his idea would one day be used for books, lunchboxes, and even neckties.

Autostereograms were patented under the name Magic Eye in 1996. You can see a number of them on the Magic Eye website (www.magiceye.com). The website even explains how to see them by making your eyes “diverge”:

“Hold the center of the printed image right up to your nose. It should be blurry. Focus as though you are looking through the image into the distance. Very slowly move the image away from your face until the two squares above the image turn into three squares. If you see four squares, move the image farther away from your face until you see three squares. If you see one or two squares, start over! When you clearly see three squares, hold the page still, and the hidden image will magically appear. Once you perceive the hidden image and depth, you can look around the entire 3D image. The longer you look, the clearer the illusion becomes. The farther away you hold the page, the deeper it becomes. Good Luck!”

Good luck, indeed! Been there, tried that, still can’t see it. I looked around the Magic Eye website trying to find a “puzzle” that might be easier than the others. One of them, under the spiritual category, had a beautiful artist’s concept of the face of Jesus as its main image. It showed the hidden image below the autostereogram, an image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd with a couple of lambs. Even with that big hint I wasn’t able to see it in the picture itself. (Do you think the problem is my computer screen or the computer that is my brain?)

Regardless of my inability to see them, the whole Magic Eye idea seems an apt illustration of the theme of this book. If we consider the whole Bible like a Magic Eye multi-colored, multi-dimensional image, many people are like I’ve been with the Magic Eye puzzles. They see only the initial picture. They may be impressed with its colors and intricacies, but they haven’t learned how to look deeply enough within its pages—especially its Old Testament pages—to see the beautiful hidden picture of Christ. It’s not hidden to keep us from seeing, but to be the reward for those willing to look deeper into the things of Scripture. As Deuteronomy 29:29 says, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever.”

Another point from their instruction is true of looking into the pages of the Bible for images of Christ: “the longer you look, the clearer [He] becomes.”

A reader writes: “What a wonderful, insightful look into the old testament……so very well written and taught me so many new things!” Get your copy of The Jesus Moses Knew at amazon.com today: Jesus Moses Knew

About Vicki Huffman

Writer / Editorial Board. Vicki Huffman's latest book is The Jesus Moses Knew: How to See Christ in the Old Testament. In an easy-to-understand way, it takes the reader through much of the Old Testament looking at appearances and types of Christ. Her other books are: A Secret Hope (novel); Still Looking: Finding the Peace of God in Job Loss; Plus Living: Looking for Joy in All the Right Places, and The Best of Times. All are available in print and e-book on amazon.com. Vicki is a national award-winning author who has taught the Bible for many years. She was an editor for several Christian publishing houses, including Thomas Nelson and David C. Cook Ministries.

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