One Man

5 05 2009

 

“Seven women will take hold of one man and say…only let us be called by your name. Take away our disgrace!” Is. 4:1

There are incredible parallels between the terminology used in this verse and the terminology used in the New Testament in reference to Jesus.

For example, in this verse only “one man” takes away the disgrace of seven women. The number choice is interesting here, because seven is used in the Old Testament to symbolically represent holiness, or is used in the context of sacred items or places like the Tabernacle.

It’s also significant that the text specifically mentions only one man. Throughout the Bible the theme of one man redeeming (taking away the disgrace of) many is apparent. In the New Testament Paul draws the parallels directly to Jesus.

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19

Another use of the terminology to note is the idea of the name of the one man taking away disgrace. In many Middle-Eastern cultures a name represents that person’s honor or reputation. Much is made, in all the Bible, of glorifying God’s name. Therefore, if we are called by God’s name (2 Chronicles 7:14), we are in effect given His honor, replacing our shame and disgrace!

And in the shame/honor culture of Biblical times, that is indeed a kingly gift!

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