Old Testament Saints

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All of the Old Testament windows appearing in the music office point the way to the Redeemer of the world.

Abel, the son of Adam and Eve, is shown making a sacrifice of lamb. In his hand is a shepherd’s staff. This calls attention to his role as a type of Good Shepherd. This is paralleled with Jesus, Who became the lamb of sacrifice for the world.

Below Abel is Joseph, clad in his coat of many colors. The circle of twelve stars around a sun and moon symbolize Jacob and Rachel. The stars stand for their sons who became patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel. Joseph’s symbol is derived from a portentious dream he had. In this dream his brother’s sheaves bowed down to his sheaf.

Center Window Pane

Moses is perhaps the most prominent figure of the Old Testament. He was God’s prophet, mediator, and chosen leader. He is receiving the Tables of the Law, (known as the Ten Commandments) on Mount Sinai. Austere, but loving, Moses was God’s representative to His people for forty years. During this time the divine law became the foundation of moral behavior among all mankind.

Below Moses is Samuel. He is the last of the judges and the first of God’s prophetic voices after Moses. He is shown with two identical symbols for good reason. At the command and counsel of God, he annointed Saul as the first king of Israel and some years later rejoiced to perform the same act on the head of David.

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During the period following Moses and Joshua, the most important individuals in the history of the Old Testament were the Judges. These were fourteen men summoned by God to be deliverers of the Israelites from heathen nations they had displaced after they entered the land of Canaan.

Two of these deliverers are portrayed for their special roles. Gideon is shown kneeling before the altar upon which a bullock is being sacrificed. This altar was bult upon the ruins of the altar of Baal, whose worship was a threat to Israel’s compliance with the First Commandment of the Law. This law states that God alone must be the object of true worship. The broken statue of Baal is seen in the debris.

Deborah, the prophetess, and the only woman among the group of judges, was no weakling. She was called to a task and she was ready for it. She went to war with judge Barak and defeated Sisera. She is shown wearing armor and carrying a spear and shield.