Firstborn Sonship of Christ

Vol 26 No 11
November 2001
The New Birth
Series Number: 32



      So far we have been concerned with the major offices, titles, or identities by which the Messiah is known throughout the Old Testament, and with correlating these identities by many scriptures which state the calling, role, or function of each identity (previously given) to the extent the Old Testament saints could recognize that they all signify one and same Person, the Messiah. That person is the Son of God who became human to redeem all that Adam lost when he disobeyed God, Gen 2:17; 3:1-13.
      Not all of these functions are used with regard to each identity; for instance, the word Testator is not used at all in the Old Testament and little is written specifically about the Seed of the woman, yet enough is written in Gen 1 thru 3 to clearly reveal 1) that God made a revised covenant in Gen 3 with Adam and his descendants, 2) that the covenant is a last will and testament, 3) that God (the Son of God) is the Testator, 4) that the Son of God and Testator are the Redeemer, 5) that the Son of God, Testator, and Redeemer are the Seed of the woman, 6) that the Son of God, Testator, Redeemer, and Seed of the woman (represented by numerous other titles or identities) were foreshadowed in types by the animals that were slain and their skins used to clothe Adam and Eve immediately after they sinned, 7) that Testator would regain all that Adam lost, including the divine life of the tree of life, 8) that the Testator must overcome the prescribed covenant disciplinary training, 9) that the Testator must suffer the condemnation of sin and God's wrath against sin, 10) that the Testator must suffer the death resulting from eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, 11) that the Testator must be raised again from the dead to conquer death, hell and the grave, and ,12) that the Messiah, Son of God, Testator, Redeemer, Seed of the woman, etc., must in His resurrection be born again into the divine life promised in the tree of life.
      Therefore, when we correlate these various functions, we recognize that they all apply to the same Person under different titles or identities. These functions which identify the Messiah as Son of God, Testator, Redeemer, Seed of the woman, etc., cannot stand separately or divided. Together they reveal a cycle from the divine to the human and back to the divine, fully uniting the divine and the human into one body as seen in Col 2:9.
      And within this divine process, the Testator Messiah brings a vast host of faithful covenant people (by grace through faith) into this same divine-human "oneness" with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These faithful covenant people will share the fullness of God's divine nature as firstborn sons and as the divine bride people.
      Below we will present these functions again in sequential order, and more fully than we have done so far. As they are reviewed, we must keep in mind that each and all of them apply to each title or identity already given.


      17 "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die," Gen 2:17.
      23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord," Rom 6:23.
      God explicitly and firmly warned Adam not to eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and Eve was well aware of this warning, Gen 3:1-3. However, they did eat of the forbidden fruit and immediately died – they immediately became sinners with a deadly sinful nature which, 1) alienated them from God and from the tree of divine life, 2) brought them into a state of fear, distrust, selfishness, ill will, and all the effects of sin which we witness in the world today, 3) brought them into a state of growing old and dying physical deaths, and 4) brought them under a condemnation of eternal pun-ishment to come.
      All of this may be generally summed up in the words "sin and death," or in the fact and experience of "sin and death." Any redemption must deal with "sin and death." God's Redeemer must face, experience, and conquer "sin and death."
      Likewise,in our Christian lives in the body of Christ and by the grace of God, we also must face, experience, and conquer "sin and death" in order to escape "sin and death" and qualify for that divine "life" promised and represented in the tree of life, 2Co 4:7-12.


God's revised covenant became a "last and testament" because Adam's disobedience thrust sin, condemnation, death, hell, and the grave unavoidably into the process of redemption. The Redeemer therefore must gain the victory over these obstacles in order to fulfill and proceed with God's eternal purpose as briefly stated in Rom 9:22-23.
      22 "What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
     23 "And that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,"
Rom 9:22-23.
      God created the nations and predestined that they should all seek after Him (Act 17:24-28), and gives every rational individual of all nations of all generations the knowledge and grace to find Him and be saved, Ps 19:1-6; Isa 45:22; Jn 1:9; 12:32; Act 14:16-17; 17:26-28; Rom 1:18-20. The Holy Spirit is using "the things that are made" as witnesses of God's "eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse," Rom 1:20.
      God not only predestined the end result, but predestined every step of the way – conviction of sin, godly sorrow, repentance, a covenant relationship, and faithful service and worship by grace through faith within the covenants. The end result will be many nations of saved servant sons on the new earth (Rev 21:24-26; 22:1-2, and a special nation of firstborn sons, constituting a kingdom of divine sons (into which one must be born again) who will share the divine oneness with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Jn 10:30-36; 4:8-11; 17;21-23.
      The covenants or last will and testaments prescribed a specific way of worshiping God – that of sacrificing and burning clean animals and fowl on an altar. This method of worship was obviously initiated in the Garden of Eden, practiced by Adam and Eve, and taught to Cain and Abel, Gen 4:4; 7:2-3; 8:20-21; 12:7-8; 3:4,18.
      These sacrifices of clean animals and fowl on an alter served as types or symbolic representations of the Testator, Redeemer, Seed of the woman, the Messiah or Christ, The Son of God must become a human through a virgin birth, subject Himself to the principalities and powers of the physical universe, live a perfect life, and then endure God's wrath against sin. He must die a cruel death for the redemption of Adam and his descendants, be raised (born again) from the dead into a divine body, Col 1:18; Rev 1:5; Act 13:29-33; 1Co 15:44-50. In this born again divine body, He now possesses the fullness of deity (Col 2:9), and thereby has gained preeminence over all principalities and powers, Col 2:9-21; 3:1-11.


      The Son of God, who is God without beginning with the Father and the Holy Spirit, is the covenant Maker or testament Testator from before creation, Jn 1:1-4,14; Eph 1:4-5; 1Pe 1:18-20. The Son of God is also the Testator of all the covenants – and keep in mind, 1) the Testator must have a last "will and testament" in writing, have it sealed, and have witnesses who are the twenty-four elders, the cherubim, and the angels (Rev 5:1-10; Jer 32:6-16), and 2) once again, as a constant reminder, the Testator must "die;" and in this case be raised from the dead into a deified human body, as required by each of the covenants or last will and testaments, Heb 9:16-17-28; Phi 2:6-11; Eph 1:17-23; 1Co 15:44-50.
      The Old Testament covenants were preliminary last will and testaments, made "effective" on the basis of the death of clean animals (Gen 3:21; 15:8-18; Ex 24:4-8; Heb 9:18-22), which were sed as instruments of instruction toward the New Covenant and the functions of the true Lamb of God, Heb 10:1-10.
      Eating of the forbidden fruit brought "death" (Gen 2:17; 3:1-13), which meant that the Son of God must become human and serve as a Kinsman Redeemer: since man sinned, only a "Kinsman" Redeemer can serve vicariously as man's Redeemer. And the Redeemer must be God in order to redeem those who believe and obey by grace through faith into the divine "life" promised in the tree of life, Deu 30:10-15 (Rom 10:3-10); Isa 7:14; 9:6-7; Ps 2:7-10; 8:3-6 (Heb 2:6-15); 16:7-11; 17:15; 24:3-10; 40:6-8 (Heb 10:5-10); 45:6-7; 68:17-18; 89:27; 102:23-28; 110:1-4


      15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel," Gen 3:15.
      As a cure or remedy for the fallen state of mankind, the Testator promised Himself as the Seed of the woman who will crush the head of the serpent, Gen 3:15. This means the Testator must become human to be our Kinsman Redeemer. The Testator, the Seed of the woman, and the Redeemer are all one and the same person.
      The covenant Maker and Tes-tator is God (the Son of God), and immediately after man's fall into a sinful state, God began to reveal how He will redeem Adam and his descendants from eternal doom required by Adam's sin, Rom 5:12-19; Lk 16:19-31; Rev 14:9-11; 20-10-15. Again, the Testator (Redeemer, Seed of the woman) must experience and conquer "sin and death" in order to redeem from sin and death, and clothe His bride people in His own righteousness.
      In His disobedience to God and obedience to Satan, Adam with all His descendants and all his covenant authority and possessions became the possessions of Satan, Rom 6:16. Hence Satan became the god of this world, 2Co 4:4; 1Jn 5:19; Eph 2:2; 6:12. Man sinned, and God (in a human body) must redeem man (those who believe and obey) from this sinful state into the divine life of the tree of life, initially promised in Gen 2:9. This process of redemption required the Testator to become human through a virgin birth – the Seed of the woman, Gen 3:15.


      6 "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require.
      7 "Then I said, 'Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of Me.
      8 "I delight to do Your will, O My God, and Your Law is within My heart,
Ps 40:6-8.
      ;5 "Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: 'Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.
      6 "In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure,"
Heb 10:5-6.
      From Gen 3:15,20-21; 4:4; :1-3,8; 8:20-21; and throughout the Old Testament it is obvious that the bodies of sacrificial animals and fowl represent the body of the Testator, Redeemer, and Seed of the woman as God's appointed means of redemption from Adam's fallen state in which we all stand by nature.
      The Hebrews quotation im-mediately above is taken from the Septuagint Greek translation of the Old Testament, and makes it beyond dispute that the bodies of sacrificial animals and fowl foreshadowed the human body of the Testator, and therefore the death of the bodies of the sacrificial animals and fowl represented the death of the human body of the Messiah as the testament Testator, Gen 3:15,21; Ps 40:6-8 (Heb 10:5-10); sa 53; Ps 16:7-11. dam and Eve were clothed with the skins of animals (Gen 3:21), which means the animals were slain and no doubt burned on an altar as a demonstration of how to worship God according to the last will and testament. The bodies of animals were sacrificed and burned on an altar by Abel (Gen 4:4), by Noah (Gen 8:20-21), by Abraham (Gen 12:7,8; 13:4,18), and by others. God ordained this method of worship by sacrificing animals and fowl because 1) it clearly revealed the method of worship God required by the testament given and demonstrated by God in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3), and 2) it revealed and demonstrated how the Messiah must overcome through covenant discipline, suffer and die for the sins of Adam's race, and be raised back to life as the divine Testator and Redeemer.
      The Testator, Redeemer, and Seed of the woman, must Himself be without sin (as represented by the clean animals); yet He must die for Adam's sin and the sins of all mankind, and then be brought back from the grave in divine life offered in the tree of life. Death must be conquered and the promise of divine life in the tree of life must be fulfilled.
      The sacrificing of clean animals and fowl required the shedding of blood and the death of the sacrifices, which portrayed the death of the human body of the testament Testator, Redeemer, and Seed of the woman. Therefore this method of worship was required as a part of the covenant or the last will and testament, Gen 4:4; 8:20-21; 12:7-8; 13:4,18; 15:8-18; Ex 24:4-8 (Heb 9:16-22); Heb 9:11-28. God required Noah to take seven of every animal and fowl designated as "clean into the ark for sacrifdice after the flood was overe anduntil theanimals and fowl multiplied sufficiently thereafter, Gen 7:3-4: 8:20-21.
      Observe again that the human body of Christ is specifically and directly associated with the bodies of sacrificial animals, fowl, and other offerings, Ps 40:6-8; Heb 10:5-10. This association of the body of clean animal and fowl sacrifices with the body of the Testator clearly demonstrates that the body of the animals and fowl represent the human now divine body of the testament Testator.
      All the covenant people ate of the Passover lamb with unleavened bread, Ex 12. The priests, on behalf of the covenant people, ate the twelve loaves of showbread (Lev 24:5-9) and also ate specified parts of the sin, trespass, peace, and food offerings, Lev 1 thru 7. This eating of the offerings demonstrate how the faithful covenant people will share the divine fullness of the born again, deified body of Christ, Heb 3:14; Col 2:9; Phi 3:21; 2Co 3:18; 4:7-12,17; 5:1-5,21.


     15 "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel," Gen 3:15.
      23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated,'God with us,'" Mt 1:23.
      4 "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law," Gal 4:4.
      The Seed of the woman requires the virgin birth to avoid the Adamic sin nature, Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Gal 4:4. The sin nature is obviously passed through the father, thus the emphasis on the Messiah being "born of woman."
      The Seed of the woman will, of course, be the Seed of man because woman was taken from man and the Seed of the woman must be the second Adam in order to create a new kind of man, 1Co 15:44-50; 2Co 5:16-17; Eph 2:10-16; 4:22-24. However, the expression "Seed of the woman" also specifically signifies a "virgin birth" of the Testator and Redeemer to avoid the sin nature of Adam, Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Gal 4:4.
      Observe the specific reference to the body of Christ as a sinless "sin offering," Isa 53:4-12; Ps 40:6-8; Heb 10:5-10. The Holy Spirit was constantly revealing this fact to all the Old Testament faithful who were diligently searching the Scriptures.
      For instance, compare the above passages with the great emphasis throughout the Old Testament put on the sacrifices and offerings being without blemish and without leaven, Gen 19:3; Ex 12:5,8,15,17,18,20; Lev 1:3,10; 2:4-5,11; 3:1,6; 4:3,23,28,32; 5:15,18; 6:6,17; 9:2,3; 10:12.


      16 "Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever is believing will not be ashamed," Isa 28:16.
      ;4 "The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
      5 "The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.
      6 "I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.
      7 "For the Lord GOD will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed,"
Isa 50:4-7; Heb 5:8-9; 12:2-3.
      What a beautiful passage of scripture – like Isa 53 among many! It describes the Messiah's attitude in response to severe covenant discipline. It gives the other side: the Messiah's confidence and praise to the Father under the curse of Gen 3:16-19 – the thanksgiving and praise-worthy side of Israel's wilderness training (1Co 10:1-12; Heb 3:7-19), as demonstrated by Joshua and Caleb, Num 13 & 14.
      Jesus learned well beneath the groaning within Himself (Jn 11:33-45), "for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God," Heb 12:2.


     9 "And they made His grave with the wicked – but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth," Isa 53:9.
      The Testator must live a sinless life portrayed by the clean, no blemish, no leaven, requirements on the sacrificial animals and offerings, and thereby qualify to die for the sins of mankind, Ex 12; Lev 1 thru 9; Isa 53; 1Pe 1:18-20. Observe samples of how this is emphasized throughout the Old Testament:
     1) Born Without Sin, Gen 3:15; Isa 7:14; Gal 4:4
      2 Clean & Unclean, Gen 7:2-3,8; 8:20; 35:2; Lev 4:12; 5:2-3; 6:11; 7:19-21; 10:10; 11:1-47.
      3) Without Blemish, Ex 13:5; Lev 1:3,10; 3:1,6; 4:3,23,28,32; 5:15; 6:6
.       4) Unleavened, Gen 19:3; Ex 12:8.15.17-18,20,39; Lev 2:4-5,11; 6:16-17; 7:12; 8:2,26
      5) Whole Body Washing, Ex 29:4; Lev 15:1-33; Num 19:1-22; et al.
      6) Washing of clothes, Lev 15:1-33; Num 19:1-22; et al.
      Many hundreds of thousands of times the Old Testament covenant people busied themselves with these scriptures and these activities without understanding their application to the Testator, the Redeemer, the Seed of the woman, the Messiah, and the other titles by which the Messiah is identified throughout the Old Testament.


      The Pharisees of Jesus' day knew the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2; Mt 2:5-6), and they knew He would be the Son of David and therefore He would be human (Mt 22:41-46), but they did not know that He would be God in a human body, Isa 7:14; 9:6-7; Mic 5:2. Obviously, they did not understand the spiritual meaning of a Lamb without blemish and bread without leaven, Ex 12:5; Lev 1 thru 9; et al. But they should have. Let us review one major aspect of the Messiah's youth, primarily from the Old Testament:
      1 "Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
      2 "For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him," Isa 53:1-2.
      What kind of childhood could faithful and studious Old Testament people expect the Messiah to have? Would He be filled with play and frolic? Are not all children so? But One born of a virgin has no sin nature. Do not all young animals and birds play? Or, are they primarily learning survival skills as predators under the curse? How can we evaluate the nature of a child without the sin nature?
      9 "But You are He who took Me out of the womb; You made Me trust while on My mother's breasts.
      10 "I was cast upon You from birth. From My mother's womb You have been My God," Ps 22:9-10.
      Without the sin nature, Jesus was inclined toward God and toward God's Word as a child is inclined toward sweet tasting things like ice cream and candy. He was thrilled as His mother and father read the Scriptures to Him, and the Holy Spirit awakened His ear and sharpened His understanding.
      4 "The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.
      5 The Lord GOD has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away,"
Isa 50:4-5.
      This would be true with the Messiah from His earliest awareness (The word "Messiah" is used to better direct our attention to the under-standing and awareness the Old Testament saints should have had). The Holy Spirit was to awaken His under-standing and He would not be the least indifferent: to the contrary, He would find the Scriptures to be His greatest delight above all else, with no exception.
      40 "And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.....
      52 "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men,"
Lk 2:40,52.
      Though Jesus was God in a human body, yet as our substitute and example He had to live, learn, and grow in wisdom and stature as a human. He was limited to the life and knowledge of a human. He learned who He was and His purpose in life by the instruction of the Holy Spirit from the Scriptures precisely as we can learn. God was able to do this, and did it. From His earliest awareness as a human, He was given the ear of the learned, the knowledge of the learned, and the tongue of the learned, Isa 5:4-5. He grew in knowledge, He grew in wisdom, and He grew in physical stature, Lk 2:40,52.
      1 "Listen, O coastlands, to Me, and take heed, you peoples from afar! The LORD has called Me from the womb; From the matrix of My mother He has made mention of My name.
      2 "And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, and made Me a polished shaft; in His quiver He has hidden Me,"
Isa 49:1-2.
      How appropriate are these words. At the age of 12 Jesus astounded the best of the Jewish scholars of the Scriptures with His questions and answers, Lk 2:46-47. He already knew who He was:
      49 "And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" Lk 2:49.
      Jesus learned who He was from the Scriptures, just as we can learn from the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit "wakened" His ear, and gave Him the ear, and mind, and tongue of the learned, Isa 50:4-6
.       5 "And now the LORD says, Who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel is gathered to Him (For I shall be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and My God shall be My strength),
      6 "Indeed He says, 'It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth,'"
Isa 49:1-2,5-6.
      Again, Jesus (the Old Testa-ment Messiah), as our human Redeemer and Substitute, learned all these things from the Scriptures the same way all the Jews of His day should have learned them.


      1 "Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.
      2 "He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
      3 "A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth.
      4 "He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth; and the coast-lands shall wait for His law."
      5 Thus says God the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk on it:
      6 "I, the LORD, have called You in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles,
      7 "To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house,"
Isa 42:1-7.
      This is clearly a prophecy of the personal ministry of the Messiah, as God's Servant. The Spirit will be given to Him and He will bring justice to the Gentiles, v 1. He will establish justice in the earth and the coastlands (nations of the earth) will wait on His law, v 4. This means He will rule over all the earth, which only the Son of David will do as God in the flesh (Isa 9:6-7), and He will do it as the Son of God and as the divinely born Son of Man, Ps 2:7-12; Dan 7:13-14. All the other identities such as Testator, Redeemer, Seed of the woman, etc., are one and the same Messiah.
      Matthew 12:18-21 quotes the above passage (Isa 42:1-7) and applies it to Christ, affirming clearly that the Servant of Isa 42 thru 53 is primarily the Messiah. The Messiah and Israel (all the faithful covenant people) are predestined to share that unique "oneness" provided for Christ and His bride, Eph 5:31-32. See also the allegory of Gal 4:21-31 and its application in Gal 5:1-5, drawn from Isa 54. This "oneness" is the same as that of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Eph 1:22-23; 3:19; Col 1:19; 2:9-10; Jn 10:30-36; 14:8-11; 17:21-23.
      Coming back to the personal ministry of the Messiah, we further observe Him receiving the Holy Spirit and performing miracles as in Isa 42:1-7.
      1 "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound," Isa 61:1; 42:1-7.
      The application of Isa 42:1-7 and 61:1 includes the miracle working ministry of the Messiah as seen in Mt 12:15-23, where Isa 42:1-7 is quoted in part, and where Jesus is working miracles. Isa 61:1-2 is quoted in Lk 4:18-19, again in reference to the personal ministry of Christ.


      16 "For dogs have surrounded Me; The congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced My hands and My feet;
      17 "I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me.
      18 "They divide My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots,"
Ps 22:16-18.
      Ps 22:1-21 is a graphic description of crucifixion, a Roman method of execution unknown in the days of David. The Psalm is a Psalm of David, but is not applicable to any experience in David's life, which provides another solid proof of the inspiration of the Scriptures.
     The testament Testator, the Kinsman Redeemer, the Seed of the woman must therefore die by means of crucifixion. This is how the serpent (Satan) would bruise or crush the heal of the Seed of the Woman, Gen 3:15. The slaying of the animals (and obviously their bodies burned on an altar) in the Garden of Eden to provide clothing for Adam and Eve was not merely incidental, but represented the crucifixion of the testament Testator as a main part of the redemption process.
      Reading and studying this Psalm (Ps 22) many, many times along with the large number of scriptures concerning animal sacrifices, and then offering and observing these sacrifices being daily offered, the faithful and alert Israelite would recognize the crucifixion requirement of the last will and testament. The Testator must die. The Testator, represented by many titles previously mentioned, must be crucified.
      10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn," Zec12:10.
      Observe in the context of this passage that it is Jehovah who is speaking. Jehovah said, "then they will look on me whom they pierced""pierced" signifies crucifixion. Did the prophets mentioned in 1Pe 1:10 search the Scriptures diligently in vain – to no avail? Were they not wonderfully rewarded for their careful and tenacious searching of the Scriptures?