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Monday, May 25, 2015

Moses Points to Jesus (Sunday follow-up)

Jesus & Moses -
Prophets who get between God and Man
Yesterday I had opportunity to present the ultimate life-purpose of one of the great men in Jewish and Christian history - the prophet Moses. This man's ultimate life-purpose was to point people up-the-road to a better prophet who would speak to us a better word - the prophet Jesus. 

I couldn't yesterday share all or even most of the Christ-pointing references to Moses - and only shared a couple of Jesus' own references to Moses. My aim here is to simply present the Scriptures that display Moses clearly pointing people to Jesus as a prophetic mediator - one who gets in-between to speak the people's words to God, and God's words to people. Jesus does this even better and forever. 

Moses as a prophetic type of Christ
Moses: An evil King tried to kill him as a baby (Exodus 1:22)
Jesus: An evil king tried to kill him as a baby (Matthew 2:16)

Moses: Sent into Egypt to preserve his life (Exodus 2:3-4)
Jesus: Sent into Egypt to preserve his life (Matthew 2:13-15)

Moses: Went from being a prince to a pauper (Exodus 2:18-19).
Jesus: Went from being heaven's prince to earth's servant  (John 1:1-3).

Moses: Shepherd (Exodus 3:1)
Jesus: Shepherd (John 10:11).

Moses: Bears the blame that the people deserved (Exodus 14:15; Exodus 32:32)
Jesus: Bears the blame that the people deserved (Isaiah 53:4)

Moses: "So the people feared YHWH, and they believed in YHWH and his servant Moses (Exodus 14:31).
Jesus: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me" (John 14:1).

Moses: Provided water for thirsty people (Exodus 15:22-25)
Jesus: Provided water for thirsty people (John 7:37-38)

Moses: Fed hungry people (Exodus 16)
Jesus: Fed hungry people in the wilderness (spiritual - John 6:31-35; physical Mark 8:1-9).

Moses: Fought a war with two outstretched arms and two men beside him (physical - Amalek - Exodus 17:8-16).
Jesus: Fought a war with two outstretched arms and two men beside him (spiritual - Satan - Colossians 2:14-15).

Moses: Finished the work God assigned him which led to God's presence (Exodus 40:33-34)
Jesus: Finished the work God assigned him which led to God's presence (John 19:30).

Moses on Jesus: 
Exodus 19:15-19

Jesus on Moses
At a count of 19x, Jesus refers to the person of Moses more than any other Old Testament character. Here are some significant ones:

  • In reference to people who preach Moses' law but don't practice what they preach (Matthew 23:2-3).
  • In reference to the resurrection of the dead being first spoken to and by Moses himself (Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37)
  • In reference to hearing Moses and the other prophets being enough to know how to gain eternal life and avoid hell (Luke 16:29-31).
  • "And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27).
  • "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up" (John 3:14 - referring to the cross, looking to Christ crucified brings healing; cf. Numbers 21:9)
  • "Do not think I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you set your home" (John 5:45 - everyone at some points places their hope on their performance with respect to some form of the Law which is based on the Law of Moses - since we are unable to live up to it, it "accuses" all who hope in it for the day of judgment).
  • "For if you believed Moses; you would believe me; for he wrote of me" (John 5:46 - cf. Deuteronomy 19:15-19).
  • With reference to food that will truly sustain you forever (John 6:32).

Be encouraged that you have a sure anchor that forever assures you who trust Jesus. God has had this plan all along to reconcile human beings to Himself. John 1:17 - "The Law came through Moses... (a mediator subject to death who gave people an temporary way to please the God who had delivered them from bondage) ...grace and truth came through Jesus Christ" (a mediator living forever who gave people a permanent way to please the God who delivers them from bondage). 

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