3.15.2006

Jesus in 1 Kings 13

I love my Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament for the OT reference section in the back. There are often connections that aren't in your typical cross-referenced Bible. Here's one.

When Joseph comes to ask for the body of Jesus, it references 1 Kings 13:29. At first I couldn't make much out of it, but on closer inspection, and a typological reading of Scripture, here's my thoughts:

Throughout 1 Kings 13, this man of God is a type of Christ.

13:1-10
He prophesies that the temple will fall and rebukes the rulings priests, as did Jesus.

11-25
A false prophet deceives the man of God and ends up getting him killed. This is (loosely, I admit!) Judas and Caiaphas together. Of course there was no disobedience on Jesus' part, as there was here (vs 21).

26-32
Another member of the same body that condemns Jesus (Joseph of Arimathea maybe; Nicodemus for sure) comes and takes the body, and buries Him in his own tomb, as an expression of his belief in the truth of the Prophet.

1 comment:

  1. That's interesting. I've never seen that connection before. I've always wondered about that passage . It seemed odd how the man of God was faithful, and then disobedient (although deceived), and then "honored" as he was.

    Seeing it in a Christological light seems to make sense.

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