As Passover approaches, Jewish people around the world remember Moses and how God used Him to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt, out of bondage to Pharoah.
Some do not realize that God promised to provide another prophet like Moses: “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him” (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
We believe that prophet was and is Jesus (see Acts 3:22-26).
We have outlined some similarities between Moses and Jesus below; you can probably think of more.*
|MOSES AND JESUS
|Survived infanticide perpetrated by a ruler who ordered all Hebrew baby boys killed
||Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives. . . . And he said, “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women . . . if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live” (from Exodus 1:15,16).
||Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under . . . (Matthew 2:16).
|Set aside their privileged position to identify with their suffering people
||And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. . . . Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens . . . (and from that point Moses leaves the palace, Exodus 2:10ff).
||For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
|Instructed God’s people concerning how to escape the plague of death
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said, “. . . kill the Passover lamb. And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood . . . and strike the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood . . . and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you” (from Exodus 12:21-23).
|“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment,
|Were rejected by those they came to serve
||So Moses cried out to the LORD , saying, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me!” (Exodus 17:4).
||He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:10-11).
|Provided water from an unusual source
||And the LORD said to Moses, “Go on before the people . . . Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel (from Exodus 17:5-6).
||“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
|Offered to take the punishment for Israel’s sin
||Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written” (Exodus 32:31-32).
||For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).
|Were God’s instruments to set His people free
||And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out of this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten” (Exodus 13:3).
||For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).
*For an article explaining how Jesus fulfilled God’s promise to send “a prophet like unto Moses,” check out this article that Moishe Rosen wrote for ISSUES (our bi-monthly publication written for Jewish seekers).