The Old Testament is full of the hidden love of God. When God gave Moses the Law (Ten Commandments), it was never meant to be all about the legality of serving God. Our God is so wonderful, so loving, and so understanding, and so caring. When you really know who He is, you can’t help but fall in love with Him.
After being crucified, Jesus defeated the devil by shaking off death. When He walked out of that tomb the devil could not believe his eyes. No one had ever cheated death. No servant, no judge, no prophet of God written in the Old Testament had ever walked away from the grave; but Jesus did.
On the very same day that Jesus rose from the grave, two of His disciples were leaving Jerusalem to go back home in Emmaus, which was a seven-mile walk. While they walked, they talked about Jesus’ death and burial. As they were conversing about all the things that had happened, Jesus appeared and began walking with them. But their eyes were restrained so that they did not know who He was. After a while, Jesus said to them, “Oh foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory” Then beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. The account is written in Luke 24:13-27.
God is miraculous at concealing things. In this story, Jesus conceals Himself in order that He might reveal His true identity as written in the Bible. May I remind you that the only Bible they had was the Old Testament books, where amazingly, Jesus is hidden throughout all of the books of the Old Testament.
Hidden love revealed
The Bible is a love story of a Father for His Son. In every book of the Bible, you can find God’s Son hidden somewhere in the text. There is one very unique story in Exodus, the second book of the Bible, that conceals God’s Son, the church, and Israel. In this story, we can see God’s hidden love revealed.
In Exodus chapter 20, God gave the law to Israel. Why Israel? Because the nation Israel is the descendants of Abraham. Israel is the third generation from Abraham. Abraham had a son whose name was Isaac. Isaac had a son whose name was Jacob. In Genesis 32:26, God changed Isaac’s name to Israel. “And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Jacob’s children became the mighty nation that God promised to bring about through Abraham, the nation of Israel.
God’s love revealed in His Servant
After giving the law in Exodus chapter 20, God immediately expounds on the law concerning servants. Why did He do this? I believe it is because God wanted to show us that we are unable to perform the law, therefore, there was no way we could ever obtain freedom. Hear the story of the good servant with your heart.
Concerning a servant God says, “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh, he shall go out free and pay nothing. If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself. But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to the judges. He shall also bring him to the door, or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl, and he shall serve him forever” (Exodus 21:2-6).
The True Servant
Here is where we see the hidden love of the true servant. The servant in this story is given a choice. He can either go free, or he could remain a servant forever. What would you choose? Freedom or servanthood? Let us fast forward to the New Testament.
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.”
When Jesus went up on the mountain, God revealed Him to Peter, James, and John, as no one had ever seen Him. For a brief moment, Jesus was seen in His glorified state, as He was before the world ever was. I believe Jesus was given direct access to heaven as He stood talking to Moses and Elijah. I also believe Jesus could have gone back to heaven without being beaten, bruised and crucified. But had He done that, we would be lost forever. Why do I believe this? Luke 9:51 reads, “Now it came to pass when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.”
The Father’s love revealed in the Son
This story is actually a picture of the love of Jesus for His Father, the church, and the nation Israel. Here we see a Servant (Jesus) Who, after serving His Master (God) on the earth, was offered His freedom. His Master led him to the door but the Servant said, “I love my Master (My Father), I love my wife (the church), and I love My children (Israel); I will not go out free.”
In Luke 9:51, I believe Jesus was that Servant who was brought to the doorpost. Outside was freedom from servanthood; inside was His wife and children. He had to make a decision: would He leave them, or would He stay and serve them? He made the choice to stay and serve them.
The Judge (God) then pierced Him and proclaimed that He would be a servant forever. Imagine with me, the joy, the happiness, and the amazement on the face of the servant’s wife and children when they saw Him returning. Every time they looked at his wounds they couldn’t help but think about the fact that he had a choice, but he chose to come back for them.
There is no mention in the Bible that God commanded Jesus to become a man and be crucified for us. Like you and I, Jesus had a choice; it’s God’s way. God does not force Himself on anyone. He allows us to choose whether or not we will follow Him. This is only one of many stories in the Old Testament in which we can witness God’s hidden love revealed.