MOSES AND MESSIAHBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him shall ye hearken."Deuteronomy 18:15"I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him."Deuteronomy 18:18-19-------Thousands of years ago Moses had the sacred privilege of uttering this divine prophecy regarding the coming of the Messiah.Moses' voice was no ordinary voice and his authority of no small consequence. He was a great man among the people, highly esteemed and anointed by God, and privy to an extraordinary relationship and communion with God.God spoke to Moses and Moses spoke to God imposing considerable and esteemed response from the people."And it came to pass when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses until he was gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door; and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend."Exodus 33:8-11-------Moses was the acting authority and mediator between God and His people Israel.His title encompassed the role of law-giver, prophet, priest, judge, counselor, leader, and teacher; a merciful friend and "brother" to many.Hmmm ...Small wonder that similarities were to be noted between Moses and the Messiah.1) The "Prophet" would be of Jewish descent like Moses.2) The "Prophet" would receive direct revelation from God to speak as Moses did.3) Response to the "Prophet" would impose the judgment or favor of God but all men would be held accountable for it.Much more could be added to the man, Moses, placed before the people as an early picture of the Messiah:-Moses would be hidden in a bulrush basket; the Messiah would be hidden in a manger. Both would be sought after at birth with early attempts made to end their lives.-Moses would perform wonders and miracles as would the coming Messiah.-Moses would lead, intercede, and write the Law for the people while the Messiah would lead, intercede, and provide grace for the people.-Moses would be a man characterized by a spirit of meekness and humility; the Messiah would be characterized and composed of the same.-Moses would attend the transfiguration and reflect the glory and face of God and so would the Messiah.-Moses would be defended by God and so would the Messiah.We are reminded of the severe reprimand given to Aaron and Miriam (Moses' siblings) upon their complaints lobbed against him:"My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches, and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold; wherefore then, were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and He departed."Numbers 12:7-9God would take care to defend both ...(Isaiah 54:17)------God sufficiently and wondrously gave us "Moses" as a forerunner and prelude to the Messiah so His people would have recognition of Him when He arrived.He desired that there would be no confusion and no wonderment at His coming; only delightful and anticipated discovery, followed by soul recovery.Praise the Lord!For Moses and Messiah ...we give God thanks for His merciful mysteries.------STUDY FOR GROWTH:1) Reflect on the character traits of Moses and the Messiah and see how many correlations you can draw between them.2) Which character traits speak most forcibly and personally to you?3) Consider reading a chapter of Moses's life beside Jesus' life and be blessed this Christmas season.------
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