In our study of Jesus and Moses, we discovered several aspects of their ministry, with miracles acting as their credentials in itself.
Matthew 11:4-5 says, ‘4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.’
These signs and wonders were a declaration of sorts that Jesus was in fact the Messiah. In fact no one before Moses ever performed miracles that could be called out as their credentials.
Moses’s first miracle was the power over the serpent, where a stick turned to snake and back to a stick. This signified the power over demons and demonic spirits. One of Jesus’ initial miracles was also to cast out demons from a man. The next miracle was power over leprosy.
Matthew 4:10-11 says, ‘10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.’
Matthew 8:3 says, ‘Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
The power over the ten plagues is something we should note here as well. Moses hit the water to turn it into the colour red and Jesus turned water to wine at the wedding in Cannan. Wine here represents the blood of Christ. As you can observe there are several similarities between the miracles of Moses and Jesus throughout their earthly lives. Another perspective one can decipher is that these ten plagues and the miracles following them were the judgement on the ten gods that were praised and worshipped by the Egyptians. For instance, the dearth of light with continuous darkness indicated the destruction of the Sun god.
There are similarities and inferences that we can draw about returning to one’s land in the case of Jesus and Moses.
Exodus 4:19 says, ‘Now the Lord had said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all those who wanted to kill you are dead.”
Matthew 2: 19 says, ‘After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt’
There are clear similarities that we can draw inferences between the lives of Jesus and Moses, where in both their cases, people who were trying to hurt them died to ensure their safe return.
The other aspect is acceptance by family when returning home.
Exodus 4: 29-31 says, ‘29 Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, 30 and Aaron told them everything the Lord had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.’
When Moses returned home the second time, he was welcomed and people believed in Moses performing the signs. The same way when Jesus first came down to earth, the Israelites rejected him, but when he comes back the second time the scriptures say all will believe him, including the Israelites.
Both Jesus and Moses had powerful staffs that they carried with them. The scripture clearly says that Moses always had a rod with him which he used to perform his miracles.
Exodus 9.23 When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the LORD sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground.
Psalms 2:9 says, ‘You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
This is a prophecy about Jesus Christ, where it is said that he will break them with his iron rod. What does it signify? Authority. In the same way, Moses was given authority as well.
The same Lord also said that he has given us the authority to squash and kill demons right below our feet. Jesus has given us the authority to crush demons and be victorious in our lives.
Jesus and Moses have declared solemn judgements. When Moses spoke to Pharaoh he said those in a manner of decree and authority, here what he said did happen.
Luke 13: 3 says, ‘I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’
The deliverance of Isarelites is another aspect in which one can draw similarities between Jesus and Moses.
Acts 7:35 says, ‘“This is the same Moses they had rejected with the words, ‘Who made you ruler and judge?’ He was sent to be their ruler and deliverer by God himself, through the angel who appeared to him in the bush.’
John 8:36 says, ‘ So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’
Both Jesus and Moses had a ministry to free Israelites from their bondage.
1 Corinthians 10: 1-2 says, ‘For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.’
Romans 6:3 says, ‘Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Both the verses mentioned above talk about Baptism where 1 Corinthians 10: 12 focuses on baptism into Moses, Romans 6:3 focuses on baptism into Christ.
Just imagine, when the Israelites were saved from the Red Sea that split into two, one can wonder how they would have reacted. The sheer absurdity and impossibility of that miracle would have left the Israelites in awe, making them huddle closer to Moses. This in many ways was a baptism in itself.
In the same way when we grow closer to Jesus after getting baptized we grow closer to Jesus with the ability to squash our demons and depend more and more on our God the Father.
Exodus 15:1-3 says, ‘Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea. “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3 The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.’
Baptism and this baptism water is special. For people who believe and take this baptism, the water is a source of redemption and salvation and for those who don’t believe it becomes a source of judgement.
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