For reen, a few of the Christ foreshadowings…
(1) Christ, beginning the Passion process to purchase with His suffering the grace needed to address sin and begin the sacrifice perpetuated in the Eucharistic sacrifice, retreats to the Garden of Gethsemane with the heads of this new Church He has “married,” and there He sweats blood:
When they heard the sound of the LORD God moving about in the garden at the breezy time of the day, the man and his wife hid themselves from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8. To the man he said: “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat,…By the sweat of your face shall you get bread to eat…” Genesis 3:17, 19.
(2) A crown of thorns is pressed down onto Jesus’ head:
To the man he said: “…Thorns and thistles shall it bring forth to you, as you eat of the plants of the field.” Genesis 3:17, 18.
(3) Jesus is made to carry His Own cross, His cross is planted in the dust at Skull Place, a feet feet below where His feet are nailed to the cross. Then, He is buried:
To the man he said: “Cursed be the ground because of you! In toil shall you eat its yield all the days of your life.” Genesis 3:17. Then the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, … I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.” Genesis 3:14-15. “Until you return to the ground, from which you were taken; For you are dirt, and to dirt you shall return.” Genesis 3:19.
Mankind kills the Good Shepherd and buries him, with the ironic consequence that mankind is allowed to avoid “death” in Hell, and live forever.
Abel became a keeper of flocks, and Cain a tiller of the soil. Genesis 4:2. When they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Genesis 4:8. [T]he LORD said to him. “If anyone kills Cain, Cain shall be avenged sevenfold.” So the LORD put a mark on Cain, lest anyone should kill him at sight. Genesis 4:15.
The Holy Spirit brings Christ the Incarnation to the Church at the time of the Annunciation.
Then he sent out a dove, to see if the waters had lessened on the earth. But the dove could find no place to alight and perch, and it returned to him in the ark, for there was water all over the earth. Putting out his hand, he caught the dove and drew it back to him inside the ark. Genesis 8:8-9 [where the dove holding Noah’s hand is coming into the boat is the Holy Spirit (“dove”) bringing Christ (“hand”) to the Church (“ark”)].
After forty days, Christ ascends to Heaven, not to come back until the end of time.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the hatch he had made in the ark, and he sent out a raven, to see if the waters had lessened on the earth. It flew back and forth until the waters dried off from the earth. Genesis 8:6-7.
The Holy Spirit, as the Paraclete, returns to the Church, bringing the grace of the cross to the Church.
He waited seven days more and again sent the dove out from the ark. In the evening the dove came back to him, and there in its bill was a plucked-off olive leaf! Genesis 8:10-11.
These “pictures” of Christ and of Christ’s salvation process go on and on and on and on.
When God has Abraham commence circumcisions, all Hebrew and Jewish males carry on their persons a symbol of Christ, the Stripped-and-Bloodied One! When the circumcision occurs, the penis is stripped and bloodied, just as Christ, at the time of His Passion, was stripped and bloodied! See Genesis 17.
When Abraham has Isaac carry the wood of Isaac’s own sacrifice, that is Christ carrying his cross. When Abraham has Isaac lay down upon the wood to be sacrificed, that is Christ laying upon the cross to be nailed to it. When Abraham substitutes-in a ram with its horns caught in a hedge, that is the sacrifice of the one crowned with thorns.
See Genesis 22.
When Jacob offers “choice kid meat” to his father, alone with bread and wine, while wearing “choice kid skin gloves,” to bribe his father into giving the blessing, that is a picture of Christ the blemishless lamb offering His Own sacrificed meat to His Father in return for salvation for mankind. Bread and wine are offered at the same time to tell us “A = B,” bread and wine = the “meat” being offered. See Genesis 27.