So anyway, this post is a follow-up to my last post on John the Baptist. If you missed it, you can read it here.
We are going to go back in history and look at the significance of the Jordan River, and the passing of the torch from Moses to Joshua.
Moses had led his people out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and to the edge of the Jordan River. Because Moses had not carefully followed the Lord's instructions in the wilderness - striking the rock instead of speaking to it - he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land. Was God being unfair?
Of course not. Every act of God has meaning and purpose. God used the situation for His own illustrative purposes - for us!
Moses, just like so many other figures in the Hebrew scriptures, is a foreshadow of Messiah. In fact, Deuteronomy 18:15 promises: The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear.
Look at this list and see if indeed Yeshua is a prophet like Moses:
- Moses was the first mediator. Yeshua was the final mediator.
- Both were born as Hebrews
- Both were chosen by God as leaders
- Both were born while Israel was suffering under cruel leaders
- Both were hidden in Egypt as babies from those who wanted to kill them
- Both performed supernatural acts
- Moses turned water into blood. Yeshua turned water into wine.
- Both communicated directly with God
- Both instituted a new covenant between God and the people
- Both performed miracles
- Moses told the people about the Passover Lamb. Yeshua became the Passover Lamb.
- Both were hated by the ruling parties
- Both had siblings who misunderstood them
- Both were lawgivers, one on Mt. Sinai, one on the Mount of Beatitudes
- Moses sent out twelve spies; Yeshua sent out twelve disciples
- Moses chose seventy leaders; Yeshua sent out seventy disciples
- Both had followers who strayed from their teachings
- Both fasted 40 days and faced a spiritual crisis on a mountain
- People picked up stones to stone each of them; and in neither case succeeded
- Moses brought living water out of the rock; Yeshua is the Rock, our Living Water
- Moses controlled the Red Sea; Yeshua controlled the Sea of Galilee
- Both faces shone with glory on a mountain
- Moses lifted the serpent up to bring healing; Yeshua was lifted up to bring healing
- Moses was a shepherd; Yeshua is the Good Shepherd
- Both underwent warfare with arms raised and surrounded by two people
- Both fed thousands of people supernaturally with bread
- Each of them were preceded by 400 years of biblical silence before starting their ministry
- Both showed compassion to women at wells
- Both redeemed people from slavery - Slavery in Egypt, slavery to sin
- Both were loved and supported by women named Miriam
- Both chose humble lives of servanthood
- Moses offered his life after the sin of the golden calf. Yeshua offered His life for the sin of the world.
- Both died on a hill
- Moses was cut off from the Promised Land, Yeshua was cut off from His father
- Both delivered their people with mighty hands and outstretched arms
- Both died so that there could be a new beginning for their people
|The priests lead the way crossing the Jordan River|