It was Mary Ann’s birthday yesterday! Have you wished her God’s blessings yet? She’s the manager of Maria’s, her family’s cafe. Straight out of uni, and she already has higher job poisition than us (only CEO Samuel Chong is higher)!
To celebrate, I’m going to elaborate on a really choon Bible discovery that I first learnt about from her blog. This is her original post.
Numbers chapter 2 describes God’s instructions for how the 12 Tribes of Israel were to camp and march. This is after the Exodus where the Red Sea has parted, allowing the Hebrews to travel across and escape from Egypt.
Try to arrange the Tribes around the Tent of Meeting (in the middle) according to the specified layout:
Notice that the because the Tribes have different numbers of people, so their arrangement doesn’t form an equal shape:
This is what they would look like from a bird’s eye view, or a nearby mountain:
Now as the Israelites were mostly travelling East to the Promised Land, the various hostile ihabitants in their way would have seen this formation marching directly at them:
Behold the symbol of God’s victory over the powers of the world! This was the sign of the Cross, more than as much as 1290 years before Jesus Christ was even born! God chose to give a fore-glimpse of how He would bring about the defeat of sin, centuries later. The opposing local tribes might have felt awed and stunned by this divine proclamation (as Mary Ann said), without even knowing why.
Realize that this is an account in the Old Testament, a Jewish composition which predates the Christian faith. Therefore, it could not have been written by the early Christians as a sort of retroactive prophecy of how Jesus lived and died, any more than other Messianic prophecies could have been falsely backdated writings. Note also that the early believers had no way of influencing the Romans to use crucifixion (in order to self-fulfill any prophecies).