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Friday, September 30, 2016

Moses Wrote of Me -- John 5:45-47

          Last week, we learned of who and what witnessed of Christ and His identity as the Son of God and the Son of Man. Now Jesus tells these religious Jewish leaders that He is not their accuser but the very one whose writings (Moses) they placed their hope upon would accuse them.
          "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?" John 5:45-47
           Not only did the Word, Christ's miracles and the testimony of the Father testify of Jesus, the writings of Moses also testified of Him. It was the "voice of God" -- Jesus -- who gave the Law to the Israelites! Keep in mind that Jesus from before the foundation of the world to the end is the Word (voice) of God.
           Because Jesus was veiled in the Older Testament scriptures, these religious leaders failed to recognize Jesus. The blinders can only come off through Jesus and His Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:14: But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away." The Jews had received the Law with the penalty of death for breaking one part of it from God through Moses.  Christians cannot live the Word of God fully either. We are all in the same condition! Jesus is now telling these Jewish leaders that this very Law will be what will accuse them because they cannot live it, just as Christians cannot live the Word of God fully, perfectly and completely and are condemned without Jesus. We all need Jesus! Moses prophesied that the Israelites would not live up to the high and holy standards set by God in Deuteronomy 31:24-29. We are all -- Jew and Gentile alike -- hopeless and helpless without Jesus and the Holy Spirit. These religious leaders put their hope in the writings of Moses, also known as the Pentateuch, but Moses was just a man like them who couldn't enter the Promised Land either because he disobeyed the very word that God gave him.  God knew that no human could live up to His Word. Jesus wants these Jewish religious leaders to know that Moses is no longer their intercessor, mediator, leader and advocate. The One who is greater than Moses is to now be their savior, intercessor, mediator, leader and advocate. Jesus said to the two Jewish disciples walking on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24:44, "This is what I told you while I was still with you, 'Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.'" Jesus is the fulfillment.
           The Older Testament sheds light that reveals the Light of the world -- Jesus.
Moses Wrote of Me
          Moses wrote the first five books of the bible, known as the Pentateuch. How did Moses write of Jesus? Jesus was veiled in the Older Testament, so Moses wrote in types and shadows. The following are a list of some of them:
  •   Word  -- In the very beginning of scripture, Jesus is the Word who was with God and the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:3.
  •    Seed of the Woman -- Jesus is the offspring (Seed) of the woman who would crush Satan's head. Genesis 3:15
  •    Abel -- In type and shadow, Jesus is the One who offered the proper sacrifice for atonement and was killed at the hand of his brother. Genesis 4:4, 8
  •    Seth -- Again in type and shadow, Seth is a picture of Christ as the Substitute brother. As the bible says that Seth was in the image of his father (Genesis 5:3), Jesus is the One made in the image and likeness of the Heavenly Father.
  •    Enoch -- Like Enoch, Jesus walked with God and was not. Genesis 5:24
  •    Noah -- Noah was the "righteous" one who walked with God and built the Ark of salvation that saved his family from death because of sin. Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Genesis 6:22 Jesus is God's Ark of Salvation who is Righteous and only does as the Father tells Him. Because of Noah's obedience to God, God made a covenant with Noah that He would never destroy the earth by water again. Instead, God sent the water of the Word (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Jesus is the fulfillment of God's covenant with Noah. God also made an eternal covenant with Jesus who is the fulfillment of all of the Older Testament covenants.
  •     Isaac -- is the Promised Son of the father who was willingly offered by father Abraham as the burnt offering for atonement. Genesis 22 This is a type and shadow of Jesus, God's Promised Son, who was the One and Only Son of the Father and the perfect and complete atonement for the sin of the world. Jesus too went to the cross willingly.  Father Abraham also sent his faithful servant to gather a bride for his promised son, just as Our Heavenly Father sent the faithful servant -- the Holy Spirit -- to gather a Bride for Christ.  Genesis 24      
  •     Jacob -- received the father's blessing and is shown the ladder that bridged heaven and earth. Jesus is the Father's blessing and is Jacob's ladder who bridges the gap between heaven and earth. Genesis 28:12
  •     Jacob's children -- Veiled within the names of Jacob's twelve sons is the message of Jesus.   
                             1. Reuben -- means "behold a son."
                             2.  Simeon -- "hears"
                             3.  Levi -- "joined"
                             4.  Judah -- "praised"
                             5.  Dan -- "vindicate"
                             6.  Naphtali -- "overcomer/army"
                             7.  Gad -- "blessings"
                             8.  Asher -- "joy"
                             9.  Issachar -- "reward"
                            10. Zebulun -- "dwelling together"
                            11. Joseph -- "fruitful one"
                            12. Benjamin -- "son of the right hand."
 To paraphrase: Behold a Son who hears God and is praised. He will vindicate us (clear us of accusation, justify, maintain, uphold and defend us) and make us overcomers and a mighty army, bless us and fill us with joy. He will reward us for our work for His Kingdom. We will dwell with Jesus in unity and purpose as He, the Father and the Holy Spirit dwell in unity for all eternity. He is the fruitful One who will bear fruit in us. He is the Son of the Right Hand -- at the right hand of the Father in His heavenly dwelling place.
  •    Man who wrestled with Jacob -- Genesis 32:24  The Son of Man is that Man!
  •    Joseph -- the favored son who was rejected by his own but was eventually exalted to the right hand of the throne. Jesus did this eternally and spiritually.
  •     Judah --  the one who will be praised, the lion-ruler, king of righteousness, branch of David. Jesus is all of these things in the spiritual.
  •     Moses -- servant-lawgiver, ruler, mediator, intercessor between God and his people and judge. Jesus is all of these things in the spiritual.
  •     Deliverer from bondage -- As God used Moses to deliver His people from bondage in Egypt, Jesus is the eternal, spiritual deliverer from bondage to sin.
  •    Passover Lamb -- Genesis 12  Jesus is the once-for-all eternal Passover Lamb. 1 Corinthians 5:7
  •    Manna from heaven -- God supernaturally provided manna for the Israelites to eat to satisfy their physical hunger.  Exodus 16:13 Jesus is the eternal manna of God sent from heaven. John 6:32-35  He is the eternal bread of life who satisfies our spiritual hunger.
  •    Water from the rock -- God supernaturally provided water from a rock to quench the physical thirst of His people. Exodus 17:5-6 Jesus is the Eternal Rock who poured out the eternal spiritual water of the Word and the Holy Spirit to satisfy the spiritual hunger and thirst of His people.
  •    Feasts and their offerings -- Jesus is the Feasts. He is Passover Lamb and the Unleavened (sinless) Bread of Heaven. He is the Feast of weeks who sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. He is the Feast of Firstfruits as the Firstborn of the Father and the first to be resurrected. He will bring in the spiritual harvest. He is the Feast of Trumpets who sounds the Word of God throughout the land. He is the Feast of Atonement as the atonement for sin. He is the Feast of Tabernacle as the eternal tabernacle of God who was with humanity and is now in the Eternal Tabernacle of God in heaven.
  •    Offerings to God -- (see Leviticus 1-5)  Jesus is the eternal burnt offering for atonement. He is the grain offering as the Bread of Life who died on the cross. He is the fellowship offering as the One who fellowships with God and gives us peace. He is the sin offering as the perfect Lamb that was slain bearing the sins of the world. He is the guilt offering as the one who bore our guilt on the cross and sets us free.
  •    Aaron, the first high priest -- Jesus is the eternal High Priest of God and we are His priests.
  •    Sabbath -- Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath and is our Sabbath. We rest in His finished work on the cross.
  • Prophet -- Jesus is the Prophet that Moses spoke about in Deuteronomy 18. Jesus is the Supreme Prophet of God as the Word of God brought to life.
          Yes, Moses indeed wrote of Jesus!



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