Why Jesus is like Moses, and Moses is like Jesus

  • Both were born when Israel was under gentile government
    • Moses: Exodus 1:8-10
    • Jesus: Luke 2:1, 3-5
  • Both had unusual sleeping quarters:
    • Moses had a basket to sleep in: Exodus 2:3
    • Jesus had a trough: Luke 2:7
  • Both escaped the genocide of infant boys decreed by a gentile king:
    • Moses Exodus1:22
    • Jesus: Matthew 2:13b, 16
  • Both were safely harboured in Egypt:
    • Moses: Exodus 2:5-6
    • Jesus: Matthew 2:14-15
  • Both were brought up by men who were not their fathers
    • Moses: Exodus 2:9-10, Acts 7:21-22
    • Jesus: Matthew 1:18-25
  • Both were referred to as significant prophet
    • Moses: Deuteronomy 18:15-19
    • Jesus: John 1:21, 25, 6:14, 7:40-41, Acts 3:18, 22-24, 7:37
  • Both fasted for 40 days:
    • Moses: Exodus 34:28
    • Jesus: Matthew 4:1-2
  • Both were humble:
    • Moses: Numbers 12:3
    • Jesus: Matthew 11:28-30
  • Both were sent by God to his people:
    • Moses: Exodus 3:1-15
    • Jesus: John 10:36
  • Both miraculously fed the multitudes:
    • Moses: Exodus 16:15
    • Jeusus: Matthew 14:19-21
  • Both performed miracles:
    • Moses: Exodus 3:20, 15:24-25, 17:5-6
    • Jesus: John 5:19-20
  • Both were mediators between God and God’s people:
    • Moses: Deuteronomy 5:31
    • Jesus: John 8:26
  • Both had seventy helpers:
    • Moses: Numbers 11:16
    • Jesus: Luke 10:1
  • Both sent twelve men out to accomplish great tasks:
    • Moses: Numbers 13:1-2
    • Jesus: Matthew 10:1, 5
  • Both their faces glowed with God’s glory:
    • Moses:  Exodus 34:29-30
    • Jesus: Mathew 17:1-2
  • Both had a close relationship with God:
    • Moses: Numbers 12:6-8
    • Jesus: John 12:23, 27-28
  • Both were given authority by God:
    • Moses: Exodus 4:12, 20:19
    • Jesus: Deuteronomy 18:18, Mark 1:21-22, 27, Matthew 7:28-29, John 5:24-27
  • Both were initially rejected by Israel:
    • Moses: Exodus 2:11-14
    • Jesus: Romans 11:25-26
  • Both were intercessors:
    • Moses: Exodus 32:31-32, Numbers 11:1-2, 16:20-22
    • Jesus: Isaiah 53:12, John 17:9, Luke 23:33-34, Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25
  • Both delivered God’s people:
    • Moses: Exodus 3:9-10
    • Jesus: Luke 4:18-19, Acts 7:25, Romans 6:17-18
  • Both enabled the deliverance from sin by the shedding of blood, Moses instituting the Passover Lamb, representing Jesus the Messiah who was to  come:
    • Moses: Exodus 12:7, 11-13
    • Jesus: Hebrews 9:11-15
  • Both established covenant meals in order to help God’s people to remember:
    • Moses: Exodus 12:3-11, 25-27, 42-49, Leviticus 23:5
    • Jesus: Lke 22:14-20, I Corinthians 5:7, 11:26
  • Both were judges:
    • Moses: Exodus 18:21-22
    • Jesus: (His role as judge is yet to come) II mothy 4:1, Matthew 25:31-46, Acts 10:40-42, Revelation 19:11
  • Both shepherded God’s people:
    • Moses: Isaiah 63:11
    • Jesus: John 10:11, 14-16
  • The deaths of both were prophesied:
    • Moses Deuteronomy 32:48-52, 34:5
    • Jesus: I Corinthians 15:3-4

(With thanks to Chuck and Karen Cohen for this)

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