The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to Him.” – Deuteronomy 18:15
Christ is the prophet that God promised, whom Moses spoke of. However, Christ is much greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6).
Jesus coming to earth was not some afterthought on God’s part. The God-man was part of God’s original plan.
In continuation from my last post on how Moses foreshadows Christ, here are some more similarities—along with some dissimilarities—to consider:
- The Red Sea divided when Moses obeyed God’s command to raise his staff and stretch his hand over the sea (Exodus 14:15-22). Jesus not only walked on the sea, but also calmed the wind and waves (Matthew 14:22-33).
- Moses prayed and questioned God prior to the miracle of the manna and quails (Numbers 11). Twice, Jesus prayed and gave thanks as He performed the miracle of the loaves and fish (Matthew 14:13-21; 15:32-39).
- Both Moses and Jesus were on a mountain for the blessing of God’s commandments: Moses received the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:20; Deuteronomy 6:5-25); Jesus gave His commandments and the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).
- God’s voice was heard when a cloud overshadowed Moses, Aaron and Miriam (Numbers 12:5-8). God’s voice was also heard when a cloud overshadowed Peter, James, and John with Jesus (Matthew 17:1-5).
- Moses brought the Israelites to the Promised Land’s border. But because of his disobedience and their rebellion, they were not permitted to enter (Numbers 20:1-13). Jesus, on the other hand, perfectly obeyed God. Through Christ’s atonement for our sin, He permits anyone who accepts Him by faith to enter Paradise (Luke 23:43).
Why would this holy consuming fire—Almighty God—choose to wrap His only Son in flesh? Knowing every rejection, suffering and temptation Jesus would face on earth, what prompted Him to send Jesus from His side in Paradise to be birthed in a lowly manger? He certainly didn’t have to.
And Jesus. . . “who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and become obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:6-8)
Now that’s incredible love!
Most of us are familiar with John 3:16. But it’s one thing to have head knowledge of God’s love and quite another to realize and accept that truth in one’s heart. I pray that we grasp the magnitude of God’s love. He laid down His life for us in order to restore our broken relationship with Him.
If you continue to read Philippians 2:9-11, we’re told that Jesus has been exalted to the highest place and that one day every knee will bow before Him, every tongue will confess Him Lord.
If you’re not in a personal relationship with God, why not ask Him to be your Lord and Savior now? He longs to be in a personal relationship with you.
I think the following video does a great job in clarifying this theme of Sacrifice and Atonement as it weaves Scripture together from both the Old and New Testaments. . . . Blessings and enjoy!