Summary: Moses – a Shadow of the Coming Christ
Types and Shadows of Christianity #2
Studies from the Book of Exodus
Moses – a Shadow of the Coming Christ
There are many parallels in the lives of Moses and that of Christ.
While Moses was the chosen man for the deliverance of God’s chosen nation, Israel, Jesus was God’s Son, the Chosen One, God in the body of man’s flesh, the Deliverer of all man from their sin and death.
1) Both Jesus and Moses were preserved and protected from death as infants.
Matthew 2:14-15, "When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son."
Exodus 2:2-3, "And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink."
Satan is ever attempting to destroy God’s plan of salvation. Satan thought that if he could destroy Moses that Israel would be destroyed as a nation and God’s bloodline for the coming Messiah would be stopped cold. He is so blinded! Could Satan not understand that God would only raise up another nation or another deliverer if Satan’s plan would have succeeded?
Satan attempted to stop Jesus from going to the cross too. Then he actually played into the hands of God and fulfilled God’s plan for a Deliverer when Jesus was on the cross. Satan thought he had won the war but found out that this was his Waterloo, his ultimate defeat.
2) Both Jesus and Moses had to face the powers of hell in great times of trouble.
Exodus 7:11, "Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments."
Matthew 4:1, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil."
Nothing worthwhile is accomplished in the work of the Lord without a battle in both the spiritual and earthly realms. We will also face the powers of darkness in the process of building a work for the Lord. Satan’s tactics have not changed. Get geared up for battle!
3) Both Jesus and Moses fasted for 40 days.
Matthew 4:2, "And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred."
Exodus 34:28, "And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."
Fasting and prayer are two of the most important elements of having power and influence with God. They destroy the power of the flesh to overcome and bring the spirit into alignment with God’s will. Fasting makes the flesh weak and susceptible to temptation but the power of prayer along with it gives us the power to resist and overcome every temptation.
4) Both Jesus and Moses caused the winds and the seas to obey them. Of course Jesus did by his own power and Moses did so by the power of God.
Exodus 14:21-22, "And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left."
Matthew 8:26, "And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm."
Jesus has complete power and authority over all of creation because He is God. He created the winds that obey him. He spoke the seas into existence and they obey him still.
Moses could only command as directed by God but with God’s power behind him, the seas were under his command.
All of us can have that mountain moving, sea splitting, and wave calming power if we will only have faith in God and give him glory for what he does.
5) Both Jesus and Moses were instrumental in feeding the multitude!
Matthew 14:20-21, "And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children."