Like Moses, like Jesus

moses-601732_640Deuteronomy 18:15: “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— (ESV)

Moses here was talking about Jesus. That was declared by Peter in the book of Acts (Acts 3:22).

Birth

Death surrounded the birth of Moses, with murder of babies happening when he was born, as commanded by Pharaoh, who felt that the increase in the number of the children of Israel was a threat to the kingdom of Egypt (Exodus 2-3).

Similarly, when Jesus was born, King Herod ordered the killing of children not more than two years old. Herod like Pharaoh in the time of Moses felt threatened (Matthew 2).

Some wise men came from the east and said they have seen the star of the one born to be king of the Jews (which turned out to be Jesus) and they have come to worship him.

Herod took their words serious and being not interested in having a supposed rival walking around in town, he sent to kill all the young babies that were born around the time, hence the first similarity between Moses and Jesus.

Rejection

Another similarity involves the rejection they both suffered from their people. When Moses showed up among his people, they asked him: who made you a ruler and a judge over us. Jesus was also rejected, he was killed on a cross.

Pilate said that the people should choose between Barabbas a murderer and Jesus who only worked for the good of others. They chose to have the murderer released and Jesus hung on a tree as a curse, the most ignoble kind of death.

Moses experienced a similar kind of “death.” Though he was not killed, being the ultimate rejection, he was rejected by the people who did not recognise him as a deliverer, saviour.

He was raised in the palace but because he was rejected by the people, who did not recognise that he was meant to be their “saviour,” he had to run away from the people, “dying” to them for a season. But later when he came back, he was accepted.

Jesus is also coming back and when he does the children of Israel will receive him. The bible says that they will look upon him whom they have pierced and they will weep in that day (which is still in the future) (Zechariah 12:10).

John wrote that Jesus came to his own people and they rejected him, but he added that for those who received him to them he gave the power to be called the sons of God (John 1:12). Those who believe in his name will not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

That was also the same promise that God made concerning the prophet he was going to send to the nation of Israel who will be like Moses. He said that if they will not obey him, they will be cut off (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19, Acts 3:22-23). There is life only in Jesus.

Miracles

Moses’ ministry among the people was marked by never-before-seen supernatural acts, and Jesus also did miracles in mind-boggling volume and quality. While John the Baptist was a famous preacher calling people to repentance, Jesus walking in tremendous healing flow.

Words

Moses was noted by the words he delivered to the people in commandments from God, which they were supposed to follow.

When it comes to Jesus, God the Father spoke in an audible voice from heaven while he was on a mount and interestingly Moses and Elijah were with him, supernaturally appearing even though they have been off the scene for decades (Luke 9:28-36). The father said from heaven: this is my beloved son, hear him.

House of God

In the wilderness, Moses facilitated the building of the tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant was placed.

And Jesus said: I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against (Matthew 16:18). The church is the new tabernacle, not in the building made with hands but in spiritual essence.

In a prophecy about Jesus in the Old Testament we read that he is a branch, and will branch out from where he is and build the house of God (Zechariah 6:12). Paul said that the church is called dwelling place of God in the spirit (Ephesians 2:21-22).

Deliverance

Moses brought a people from the house of bondage (Egypt), and Jesus brings us from bondage to sin into the glorious liberty of the sons of God (Romans 8:21).

Jesus was so named because he will save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). To deliver the children of Israel from bondage into the Moses entered into the palace of Pharaoh to confront him, delivering a message from God, he said: let my people go that they may serve me.

Jesus similarly went to hades, the abode of the devil, for a direct confrontation with him, and the bible says he triumphed over the forces of darkness in the cross (Colossians 2:15). The cross became the door of Jesus to defeating the enemy in his turf.

That opened the door to heaven for us, and we are declared to be more than conquerors. We are lifted up to sit with Jesus in the heavenly places far above principalities and powers and every name that is named (Ephesians 2:22).

More than a Prophet

Jesus stands as a prophet. The writer of the book of Hebrews says that in time past God spoke to the fathers through the prophets, but he has now spoken to us through his son, and there is no higher communication than that (Hebrews 1:1-3).

The way God described Moses when Aaron and Mariam spoke against him and he wanted to punish them was that Moses was different from other prophets. While God speaks in the dream to others, he speaks face to face with Moses (Numbers 12:8).

Now see what was said about Jesus.  John wrote: no one has seen God at any time, but the only begotten of the father, who is in the bosom of the father, he had declared it (John 1:18).

Jesus is the Son of God, in a way that Moses could not be. This is the way the writer of the book of Hebrews said it: “Moses was faithful in the all of Gods house, as a servant, but Jesus is faithful as a son over his own house (Hebrews 3:5-6).”

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