Torah Designs in Matthew
Brother J. R. Church discovered a pattern in the Bible that had been overlooked by “scholars” for centuries. He noted that the themes of the first five books of the Bible, known as the Torah or the Pentateuch, appear in chapters of the Bible and in other groupings. Here are the themes:
The pattern repeats itself through many of the books you are studying. Chapters one, six, eleven, etc. follow the Genesis theme. Chapters two, seven, twelve, etc. follow the Exodus theme; three, eight, thirteen, etc. follow the Leviticus theme; four, nine, fourteen, etc. – Numbers; and five, ten, fifteen, etc. – Deuteronomy.
- Genesis – the beginning, the sin of man
- Exodus – deliverance, redemption
- Leviticus – sanctification or setting apart
- Numbers – the wilderness, focus on sin
- Deuteronomy – summary and the establishment of the kingdom
Torah designs are not found in every book of the Bible. Torah designs are not limited to the Old Testament. They are also found throughout the New Testament. The Gospel of Matthew is a good place to start. Some of the chapter themes may be obscure – others just leap out at you.
Here are some from the Gospel of Matthew:
Considering the fact that the Bible was written by about forty different men over a period of fifteen-hundred years, or more, it is amazing to find the Torah pattern throughout the Bible. This is yet another confirmation of the supernatural nature of the Word of God. These patterns, and others, are His Signature, the Mark of God that He placed in His Word. May His Name be praised now and forever.
- Chapter one (Genesis) is the beginning and gives the genealogy of Jesus.
- Chapter two (Exodus) is the deliverance of Jesus by escaping to Egypt.
- Chapter three (Leviticus) – John the Baptist is setting people apart for the coming Messiah.
- Chapter four (Numbers) – Jesus is in the wilderness!
- Chapter five (Deuteronomy) includes the Beatitudes which begin and end with a promise of the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Chapter ten (Deuteronomy) describes Jesus sending out the Disciples with instructions to preach that the Kingdom of Heaven is near.
- Chapter 13 (Leviticus) – Jesus tells the Disciples that they are set apart; they have knowledge not given to others.
- Chapter fourteen (Numbers) tells of Jesus going to a solitary place, probably in the wilderness.
- Chapter sixteen (Genesis) begins with the scribes and Pharisees attempting to test Jesus and Jesus warning the Disciples about the “yeast of the Pharisees”. Yeast symbolizes sin; the sin of man.
- Chapter seventeen (Exodus) – Jesus promises Elijah will come and restore all things; or the deliverance of the Jews.
- Chapter eighteen (Leviticus) – Jesus tells the Disciples that little children are set apart or sanctified.
- Chapter twenty (Deuteronomy) begins with a parable about the Kingdom.
- Chapter twenty-one (Genesis) – the beginning of Holy Week.
- Chapter twenty-three (Leviticus) – scribes and Pharisees are set apart by the Lord Jesus for condemnation.
- Chapter twenty-four (Numbers) describes testing of the Jews, just as they were tested in the wilderness.
- Chapter twenty-five (Deuteronomy) is about the coming Kingdom.
- Chapter twenty-six (Genesis) – the sin of man, as they plot to kill Jesus.
- Chapter twenty-seven (Exodus) is about our deliverance through the crucifixion of Jesus.
- Chapter twenty-eight (Leviticus) – Jesus is sanctified and taken to Heaven to sit at the right hand of God.
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