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.