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Moses, a Picture of Christ, Some Unusual Shadows

The ones I’ve added today are those that were really new to me.  Everyone has heard how both Moses and Jesus were humble or were shepherds.  But the last few I’ve added were not something I had already known, even though I’ve read the verses many times.  Surely some of this is new to you also.


Moses Jesus
Long awaited & Promised Deliverer Long awaited & Promised Deliverer

Life Threatened by Pharaoh

(Ex 1:22)

Life Threatened by Herod

(Matt 2:16)

“… men who were seeking your life are dead.

(Exodus 4:19)

“… those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

(Matt 2:20)

Called out of Egypt

Called out of Egypt

(Matt 2:20)

Knew his mission early

(Acts 7:25)

Knew His mission early

(Luke 2:49)

Humbled himself

(Heb 11:24 – 26)

Humbled Himself

(Phil 2:6-8)

Rejected by his people

(Acts 7:26, 27)

Rejected by His People

(John 1:11)

Time spent in wilderness

Spent time in wilderness

(Luke 4:1-2)

Shepherd

(Ex 3:1)

Good Shepherd

(John 10:11)

Baptism

(1 Cor 10:1-2)

Baptism

(Galatians 3:27)

Performed wondrous signs

(Acts 7:36)

Performed wondrous signs

Meek

(Num 12:3)

Meek

(Matt 11:29)

Stoning threatened by his people

(Ex 17:4)

Stoning threatened by His people

(John 8:59)

Provided physical water

(Ex 17:6)

Provides spiritual water

(John 4:13-14)

Freed his people from slavery


Freed His people from slavery

(Isa 61:1, Luke 4:18, Eph 4:8)


Spoke with God

face to face

(Ex 33:11, Num 12:6-8,

Deut 34:10)

Speaks with His Father

face to face

(John 6:46, John 8:38)

Chosen by God

(Psalm 106:23)


Chosen by God

(Isa 42:1)


Face Shone

(Ex 34:29-30)

Whole face and clothes shone

(Matt 17:2)

Faithful in God’s House (Hebrews 3:2,5)

Faithful in God’s House

(Hebrews 3:2,6)

Intercessor for his people

(Ex 32:9-14, Psalm 106:23)

Intercessor for His People

(Isaiah 53:12)

Redeemer

(Acts 7:35)

Redeemer

(Psalms 19:14, Isa 43:14, Jer 50:34)

Judge

(Exodus 18:13)

Judge

(2 Corinthians 5:10, Romans 14:10)

Washed his Brother

(Leviticus 8:6)

Washed His Brothers, the Disciples, and all believers

(John 13:5, 1 Cor 6:11)



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Moses, a Picture of Christ (More)

Below I’ve added more of how the life of Moses pictures the life of Christ.  The Gospel is revealed even in the Old Testament and the whole of the Old Testament points to the future Redeemer.


Moses Jesus
Long awaited & Promised Deliverer Long awaited & Promised Deliverer

Life Threatened by Pharaoh

(Ex 1:22)

Life Threatened by Herod

(Matt 2:16)

“… men who were seeking your life are dead.

(Exodus 4:19)

“… those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

(Matt 2:20)

Called out of Egypt

Called out of Egypt

(Matt 2:20)

Knew his mission early

(Acts 7:25)

Knew His mission early

(Luke 2:49)

Humbled himself

(Heb 11:24 – 26)

Humbled Himself

(Phil 2:6-8)

Rejected by his people

(Acts 7:26, 27)

Rejected by His People

(John 1:11)

Time spent in wilderness

Spent time in wilderness

(Luke 4:1-2)

Shepherd

(Ex 3:1)

Good Shepherd

(John 10:11)

Baptism

(1 Cor 10:1-2)

Baptism

(Galatians 3:27)

Performed wondrous signs

(Acts 7:36)

Performed wondrous signs

Meek

(Num 12:3)

Meek

(Matt 11:29)

Stoning threatened by his people

(Ex 17:4)

Stoning threatened by His people

(John 8:59)

Provided physical water

(Ex 17:6)

Provides spiritual water

(John 4:13-14)

Freed his people from slavery


Freed His people from slavery

(Isa 61:1, Luke 4:18, Eph 4:8)


Spoke with God

face to face

(Ex 33:11, Num 12:6-8,

Deut 34:10)

Speaks with His Father

face to face

(John 6:46, John 8:38)

Chosen by God

(Psalm 106:23)


Chosen by God

(Isa 42:1)




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Moses, a Picture of Christ

For months now I have been studying the comparison and contrast between Moses on Mount Sinai and Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.  I have learned much and read verses with much better understanding than ever before.

This is just a portion of how Moses was a picture of the future Christ.  I added Scripture references as I found them.  I’ll add more tomorrow.

(Note the chart looks just fine on my preview but it maybe distorted in a feed or in different formats. :()


Moses Jesus
Long awaited & Promised Deliverer Long awaited & Promised Deliverer

Life Threatened by Pharaoh

(Ex 1:22)

Life Threatened by Herod

(Matt 2:16)

“… men who were seeking your life are dead.

(Exodus 4:19)

“… those who sought the child’s life are dead.”

(Matt 2:20)

Called out of Egypt

Called out of Egypt

(Matt 2:20)

Knew his mission early

(Acts 7:25)

Knew His mission early

(Luke 2:49)

Humbled himself

(Heb 11:24 – 26)

Humbled Himself

(Phil 2:6-8)

Rejected by his people

(Acts 7:26, 27)

Rejected by His People

(John 1:11)

Time spent in wilderness

Spent time in wilderness

(Luke 4:1-2)

Shepherd

(Ex 3:1)

Good Shepherd

(John 10:11)



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Coming Out Of Egypt

Interesting quote on the Law.

Joshua and Caleb

Most who came out of Egypt never really came out of Egypt. They took on the form of Israel reaping many of the temporal benefits of Israel. But the whole way they murmured against God and his servant, even reminiscing about the whip of Pharaoh, because they loved Egypt’s produce and despised the bread the Lord provided. Yet, the Lord held the entire congregation together, using even those who despised him to provide for his Israel. Then of that great multitude, only Caleb and the chosen remnant (the children) were delivered, as the Lord promised. These entered, not by Moses who stood as a type of the law by which no sinner may enter glory, but by Joshua. How our God does work all things together for the good of those he has made little children, faithful dogs, Caleb’s who follow Christ Jesus our Joshua!                               

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Pastor Clay Curtis

HT: Don Fortner

Are you looking back to the Law of Moses and murmuring against Jesus Christ and His New Covenant?

Are you striving to enter the Promised Land by way of the Law of Moses and not by Christ and Christ alone?



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Unto Whom Were You Baptized?

1 Corinthians 10:1-4 (KJV)
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The Israelites were baptized unto Moses.  Yet we as New Testament believers are baptized unto Christ.

Romans 6:3-4 (ESV)
3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

Galatians 3:27-29 (ESV)
27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Here is a quote from John MacArthur on this subject:

Paul was recounting the children of Israel in the wilderness “Baptized into Moses” means the children of Israel came under the authority of Moses. To be baptized into Moses was to be involved in all that God was doing in the life of Moses. Moses was the channel through which God spoke to the children of Israel. He was their anchor to God. In a deeper and more profound sense, believers are baptized into Jesus Christ.

Galatians 2:16, 19–Paul said, “A man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified…. For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.

The Judaizers–Jews who believed circumcision was essential for salvation–went into the Galatian region and found people teaching that you could enter into God’s Kingdom by God’s grace alone. They countered that you first must be circumcised, followed by diligent obedience to the law of Moses, and only then could you come into God’s Kingdom. This is not unlike today. Most people think you must follow all sorts of rules to be spiritual. They think by enforcing particular rules, they can fit people into a certain mold of spirituality.

Who’s authority are you under?



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Sabbath Observance Pre-Moses?

As we continue to look at the Sabbath we find something interesting, a noticeable lack of a mention of the Sabbath, or even rest, in many books of Scripture. 

One of the oldest books is the Book of Job.  Many Scholars feel that Job predates Abraham. Job whom the Lord actually brags about to Satan never mentions the Sabbath. 

Job 1:8 (ESV) And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

Job sacrifices offerings to the Lord, yet does not appear to celebrate a Sabbath.

Job 1:5 (ESV) And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

Actually even, the only rest that Job talks about is looking forward to the rest of death or better yet in his mind the rest of having never lived.

Job 3:11-17 (ESV)
11 “Why did I not die at birth, come out from the womb and expire?
12 Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?
13 For then I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept; then I would have been at rest,
14 with kings and counselors of the earth who rebuilt ruins for themselves,
15 or with princes who had gold, who filled their houses with silver.
16 Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?
17 There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest

But this causes a problem because see if the verses in Genesis 2:1-3 mean that from that time men observed a Sabbath we have Adam through Abraham up to Moses with no record of observing a Sabbath rest.  We also have Job who does not observe a Sabbath rest.  But even more challenging is the fact that the Lord Himself calls Job “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.” (Job 1:1)

We have Noah who was righteous and blameless yet he never observes a Sabbath. (Genesis 6:9)

We also have Abraham who “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” (Galatians 3:6)

Scripture records these blameless men’s sacrifices and their sin, yet no mention of observing the Sabbath.  Those who say that man has always been supposed to observe the Sabbath are adding to Scripture something that is not there.  As we saw in looking at Genesis 2:1-3 the Lord observed the rest upon the seventh day after Creation, not man.

Genesis 2:1-3 (ESV)
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

We also run into another difficulty.  While we do not know the author of the book of Job, we do know that Moses wrote the first five books of “The Law”.  We do not have any record that even man knew that the Lord rested upon the seventh day.  That was not recorded in writing for us until the time of Moses.  The Lord did walk and talk with man more before Moses yet no record of any discussion about the Sabbath.

So what do we do when others claim that the Sabbath was an everlasting covenant?  Read the Scriptures closely.  See what everlasting means and whom each everlasting promise was made to.  Then look at the prophecy verses.  Ezekiel and Isaiah both have prophecies that mention a Sabbath but we cannot look at OT prophecies without first looking at the NT and seeing what it says.  Only then can we interpret the OT prophecies that may, or may not, deal with endtimes or that still remain in the future and whom these prophecies refer to.  We cannot understand the future without looking at what has already happened.  So what does Jesus say about the Sabbath?



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Law of God, Law Of Moses & Law of Christ – Is There a Difference?

I have really been enjoying my study of the different Laws in Scripture, The Law of God, The Law of Moses, and The Law of Christ. All three are referenced in 1 Corinthians 9:9-22.

1 Corinthians 9:9-22 (KJV)

9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

I have over eight pages of notes and verses but I know no one would find it as interesting as I do. 😆   Unless you really dig into the Scriptures, the Law can seem rather dry and boring. But here is a short explanation of the Laws and whom they were given to. I will add more and more verses to this as time goes on.  {This will be easier to read online so you can hover over the verse references, if you do not have Instaverse. There was no way I could include the full verses in all cases. It would have been too long.}

What is the difference between each of theses Laws? Who do they encompass? What are the expectations?

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The Law of God

This Law of God has always existed (1 John 3:11-12).  Man was created in the image of God with His Law written on their hearts (Romans 1:19, 20; Romans 2:14-15).  There could have been no sin if there had not been the Law of God on the hearts of all Creation.  All men through all societies have had this Law of God upon their hearts.  This is why murder is wrong everywhere.  Now true, sin has caused man to tamper with the Law of God and say well murder is OK here, here and here, but all other murders are wrong.  The Law of God is related to our conscience accusing or excusing them (Romans 2:14-15).  When we have broken the Law of God we know it and we feel bad about it, unless we have seared our conscience (1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; KJV).

This is the atheistic stumbling block.  When discussing with an atheist, they know certain things are right or wrong; however, they will not admit that God wrote those Laws on their hearts.  Yet, evolution does not explain away The Law of God.  Evolution says survival of the fittest, which essentially is death to the weak.  Atheists may deny that there are such Laws on the heart of man.  They may pretend that those are just things that people are taught and our governmental laws enforce.  They can talk a big talk, until someone commits a crime against them!  See murder, rape, stealing, etc. is still wrong if it affects them.  This is because the Law of God is written on their hearts from the beginning.

The beginning of the Jewish nation had these Laws written on their hearts.  That is how they knew they sinned.  Cain knew it was wrong to kill Abel without God writing out a bunch of Laws, it was written on his heart (Genesis 4:1-15).   Have you ever wondered how the early Jews such as Noah (Genesis 6:9), Abraham, and Isaac, or someone like Job (Job 1:1) could know how to follow God’s Law yet it was never recorded?  This is why, the Laws of God were written on the hearts of all men.

Notice “all men”, that is how God could judge nations such as Sodom (Genesis 13:13, Genesis 18:20) and Nineveh (Jonah 1:2) because the Law was written on their hearts.  This is where many non-Christians have issues.  See they claim God is unjust to judge those who have never heard the gospel nor even heard about their sin.  Yet, God wrote His Laws on the heart of every man.  Here also is a sticking point with many of those who desire to follow the Law of Moses, see they claim if you do away with the Law of Moses then there can be no sin.  That is based on misinterpreting verses such as:  Romans 3:20 (KJV) Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.   But see we do not have to have the Law of Moses to show us we have sinned, although it does show us our sin.  Otherwise we would have to teach everyone the Law of Moses in order to share the Gospel of Christ. Also no one would have sinned before the Law of Moses was given on Mount Sinai.  We do not have an unjust God who judges man for things they know not.   How could anyone be just and punish another for a Law that they never knew?

Yet we can all start with the Laws of God as a basis, for everyone has these on their hearts.  Conviction of lying and stealing can then lead into more explanation of the Laws and how we have broken them.

The Law of God has neither beginning nor ending.  It is inherent in the Character of God which never changes.  When you read verses in the Bible speaking of the Law existing forever this is what it is referring to.  As we know the Laws concerning sacrifices, circumcision, clean and unclean, and many more Laws like them do not remain forever.  The Law of God is encompassed in both the Old Covenant and the New Covenant.  It is the basis for all The Law of Moses and The Law of Christ.  Often people call this God’s Moral Law. James calls the Law of God the Royal Law in James 2:8 which is referring to Leviticus 19:18.  This is God’s Commandments Believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another (1 John 3:23).

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The Law of Moses

The Law of Moses has a definite beginning and end.  The Law of Moses began upon Mount Sinai (Exodus 20) and was delivered to Moses on tablets of stone.  The Law of Moses has never been written on the heart of men but has been written in tablets of stone and books of the Law.  No other culture knows those Laws specific to the Law of Moses.  Not wearing two types of cloth is not something written on our hearts (Leviticus 19:19).  This was a specific Law given to the Israelites.

The Law of Moses was given to Israel 430 years after Abraham.  This Law included the Law of God but also added ceremonial and civil items.  The Law of Moses also includes specific punishment for the breaking of them.    

The Law of Moses was just for the Israelites and those living in their borders.  This law encompassed the Law of God, ceremonial and civil laws.  This Law was a burden and impossible for the Jews to keep; an impossible burden to encourage the Jews to look for a better hope (Acts 15:10, Matthew 11:28-30, Hebrews 7:19, 22).  No Jew kept all the Law of Moses until Jesus kept, completed and fulfilled the Law of Moses.  Jesus was the point that all the Law of Moses pointed to.  Upon the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus the Law of Moses was fulfilled and completed.  OT and NT Scriptures point this out.

Galatians 3:19 (KJV) Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; …

Christ delivered us from the Law.

Romans 7:6 (KJV) But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.

The Law of Moses was a school master, a child teacher, for the Jews until Christ, faith, should come.

Galatians 3:23-25 (KJV)
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

But we are no longer under a school master.  We have the Holy Spirit living in us (1 John 3:24).


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The Law of Christ

The Law of Christ has a definite beginning (John 13:34), in the life, the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.  However, the Law of Christ never ends, but is everlasting.  The Law of Christ is only written on the hearts of believers.  It is not written on tablets of stone but on the flesh of our hearts not by human hands (2 Corinthians 3:3).  The Law of Christ is summed up by sacrificial Love (John 15:13, John 15:10, Romans 13:8-10).  Only the Church is expected to follow the Law of Christ, it is foolishness to all others (1 Cor. 2:14). 

This Law of Christ does not depend on a conscience, because the Holy Spirit is living and working in each believer (Acts 1:8, Acts 5:32, Romans 5:5, 1 Cor. 6:19).  Thus even those who previously had a seared conscience can still fulfill the Law of Christ.  If our heart does not condemn us then we can be confident with God (1 John 3:19-21).

All of Scripture, even the Law of Moses, points everyone to Christ (Deuteronomy 18:18, John 5:39, Acts 3:22).  The Law of Christ is a better hope (Hebrews 7:19) a better testament (Hebrews 7:22), more glorious (2 Corinthians 3:7-11) and gives life instead of the death in the Law of Moses (2 Corinthians 3:6).  The Law of Christ is the perfect Law, the Law of Liberty (James 1:25).  We are set free from the binding of the Law of Moses and married to Christ (Romans 7:1-6).

The Law of Christ took the Law of God and added to it.  While the Law of God commanded love because of the Lord (Leviticus 19:18); the Law of Christ commands love as Christ has loved us (John 13:34, John 15:12).  We are to lay down our lives for our brethren because Christ did so for us (1 John 3:16).



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