In Genesis Christ is seen in the following:
1. The Tree of Life.
When you partake of Him you will live forever (Gen. 2:9; John
6:54).Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Christ was the new Adam and the head of a new race call the New Creation in Christ Jesus (Rom. 5:14; I Cor. 15:45; II Cor. 5:17). We are all born in Adam. We are reborn in Christ. All people find themselves in either Adam (old creation) or in Christ (new creation).
Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. Romans 5:14
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. II Corinthians 5:17
3. The Seed of the Woman.
Christ fulfilled the prophecy of the Seed of the Woman when He was born of a virgin by the Holy Spirit (Matt. 1:22-23; Lk. 1:35). So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23
4. The Coats of Skin.
Jesus and His shed blood became our covering so that we could stand before God clothed in His righteousness and escape judgment (Gen. 3:21; Rom. 5:12-21).
Isaac was the only begotten son of the Old Testament who was symbolically offered up by the exalted father as a sacrifice to God and symbolically raised again to life (Heb. 11:17-19; Jn. 3:16; I Jn. 4:9). But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.
For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son. Romans 9:6-9
6. The Lamb in the Thicket.
When the child of Abraham was slated to die, a ram (male lamb) caught in the thicket was found to take his place. When we as the children of Abraham were destined to die for our sins, the Lamb of God, crowned with thorns, stepped in to take our place (Gen. 22:13).
Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD Will- Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:13
7. The Curse Bearer.
As a result of sin, a curse came on the earth (Gen. 3:14-19). Jesus became a curse for us and in effect reversed the curse (Gal. 3:13-14). Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14
Notice the following:
The Curse Christ’s Relationship to the Curse
-Ground Cursed Christ became a curse (Gal. 3:13).
-Eat in Sorrow Christ was a man of sorrows (Is. 53:3).
-Thorns & Thistles Christ was crowned with thorns (Jn. 18:8).
-Sweat Christ sweat drops of blood (Lk. 22:44).
-Return to Dust Christ brought to dust of death (Ps. 22:15).
-Flaming Sword Christ was pierced with a sword (Zech. 13:7).
-Man to Die Christ tasted death for every man (Jn. 18:14).
Cut off from Tree of Life Christ is the tree of Life (Jn. 6:47-58; 14:6).
8. The Ark of Salvation.
When man was destined for destruction, God provided a place of salvation. The only way into God’s provision was through the door. Jesus is the door. When we enter in through Him we are saved from judgment.
9. Jacob’s Ladder.
Jacob’s ladder formed a bridge or a point of access from heaven to earth (Gen. 28:12). Jesus is our bride and point of access to the Father (John 1:51). And He said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
Joseph is perhaps the fullest type of Christ in the Old Testament. A complete study will find over 100 comparisons between Joseph and Christ from being the beloved son of the father (Gen. 37:3; Matt. 3:17); to his rejection by his brethren and being sold out for silver (Gen. 37:4, 27-28; John 15:24; Matt. 27:9), to his being exalted in power to become the saviour of the world.