I have an identical twin brother named David. We are mirrors, reflections, parallels of each other. What you see in him you will see in me. Our genetic makeup is exact, all the way down to our DNA structure. Much like my brother and I, the Old Testament and the New Testament are twins, reflecting and mirroring one another. All the way down to the stories and truths, both portions of the Bible reflect the same DNA structure of God.
We can see one example of the Old and New Testaments being twins by looking at the story of the Exodus from the Old Testament and then the story of the Gadarene demoniac in the New Testament.
In the story of the Exodus, Moses led the people of Israel out of Egypt. After judging Egypt’s gods with the ten plagues, Pharaoh decided to let the long-enslaved Israelites leave the land. Shortly after, he changed his mind and pursued the Israelites, trapping God’s people between the Red Sea and his angry Egyptian army. Then salvation was spoken…
Exodus 14:13 says, “And Moses said to the people, ‘Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.’”
The focal word I’d like to point out is “salvation.” The Hebrew word for salvation is none other than “Yeshua.” When “Yeshua” was literally spoken in the Exodus, two things happened, one happened to the Egyptians and one to the people of God.
For the Egyptians, who had kept the God’s people captive for years, we see them drowned as they tried pursuing the Israelites into the Red Sea. For the people of God, their minds transition from a place of fear and anxiousness to a place of peace and right-mindedness as they were finally rid of their enemy.
The twin brother of this Old Testament story of the Exodus is found in all three of the synoptic Gospels. We will take a look at Luke’s account.
Luke records that upon the Messiah’s arrival to the land of the Gadarenes, a man possessed by many unclean spirits (known as Legion) runs up to him. The man is a demoniac. He has lived among the tombs for many years, has been bound in chains regularly, and he not in his right mind. He is a picture of the Israelites, being subject to the mercy of the legion of unclean spirits the way the people of Israel were subject to the mercy of the Egyptians. But just like the Exodus, the story didn’t end here.
After Yeshua (literally the “salvation”) spoke — the story took a drastic shift. The Legion was cast into a herd of swine and met the same fate in the Sea of Galilee as the Egyptian army met in the Red Sea. And the man, much like the Israelites in the Exodus, transitioned from one who was tormented, fearful and anxious to a man “sitting at the feet of the Messiah, clothed and in his right mind” (Luke 8:35). In the story of the Exodus salvation/Yeshua was spoken. In the story of the Gadarenes Salvation/Yeshua spoke.
Again, the Old Testament and the New Testament are twins reflecting one another. Both containing the truths, character, and DNA of God. And at the very core of each truth, each characteristic, and each strand of DNA is Yeshua — our salvation.