The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, “Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.” And the Lord said to me: “What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15-19)
Jesus And Moses
In the Garden of Eden, the Lord had promised a Seed would come that would bruise the head of Satan. This prophecy is the golden thread woven throughout the ancient scriptures declaring the coming of the Son of God. The Law of Moses is filled with the promise of a new covenant, a new hope and a new Savior. Moses became the legislator of the covenant given at Sinai to the Hebrews and he mediated between the Lord and the people of Israel as lawgiver. There are many types and antitypes in the imagery of Moses and Jesus Christ. Through the power of God Moses led the Hebrews from bondage across the Red Sea to Mt. Sinai where a covenant was established. Wandering in the wilderness for forty years the man of God brought the people to the shores of the Jordan River. Looking forward to the Promised Land the nation crossed Jordan and found their home in the land that flowed with milk and honey.
Jesus fulfills the pattern of Moses as He came to earth to be a King, Mediator and the one to guide all men from the bondage of sin to the eternal home of rest. The Egyptians held the Hebrews in slavery and nothing they could do would bring them freedom. Sending the plagues upon the nation, God sought deliverance for His people from the curse of the Egyptians. As a final sign of His power, the Lord brought death to all firstborn of the land. The Hebrews were spared the swift hand of death if they obeyed the instructions of the Lord and observed the Passover feast. When God saw the blood He passed over them sparing them from the hand of death. Jesus became Passover as His blood was shed so that all men could be free from the bondage of sin. Leading the people of God through the Red Sea, Moses became the shadow of Christ leading men through the waters of baptism where sins were washed away. The crossing of the Red Sea was by the power of God. Salvation in the waters of baptism can only be seen by the power of God.
Moses led the people in their journey towards the land of promise. When the people obeyed the word of the Lord they were blessed. If they disobeyed His commands they perished. Only the faithful crossed into the promised land because they were faithful to the word of the Lord. Jesus guides us on our journey to eternal life but obedience is required. He guides us, leads us in the paths of righteousness and shows us the power of His Father. Our faithfulness to His word will bring us happiness and peace. Like Moses, Jesus is our prophet that leads us to the promises of the Father. Instead of the Law of Moses we serve the Law of Christ.
Jesus is like Moses but Moses is not like Jesus. Moses was a man who sinned and did not die for the people. Jesus lived without sin and died for all men. The imagery of Jesus being a prophet like Moses is the giving of the Law and requirement of the people to listen to the words of Jesus. Refusing to obey the Law of Moses brought penalty from the Lord. When people refuse to obey words of Jesus they rebel against the will of the Lord. God’s final covenant for all men is summed up in His Son. The words Jesus spoke were the words of His Father. Everything Jesus said was commanded from God and He never spoke of His own accord. Those who will not hear the words of God spoken by His Son will be judged accordingly. Moses gave the people the word of God to obey. Jesus gives all men the words of God to obey. All men must hear the words of Jesus. There is no other man where salvation comes. Jesus superseded Moses. The Law of Christ has abolished the Law of Moses and we serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who leads us through the wilderness of life to our promised rest beyond the Jordan of death.