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Sermons & Study Guides

National Church Establishments Pt. 9 - (Christ and the Nations 3 — Like unto Moses)

James Dodson

National Church Establishments

(Christ and the Nations 3 — Like unto Moses)

The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken. (Deut. 18:15)

Question.—How  does  the  Bible  teaching  that  Christ  is  like  unto  Moses  reflect  the national character of His work? Answer.—The national, not merely individual, character of Christ’s work is set forth in the consideration of His work as the like unto Moses.  The character of redemption contemplated in and through Moses yields the following points of similarity and contrast: First, Moses was born at a time when the church of God (i.e., Israel) was in bondage to a pagan empire (i.e., Egypt), Ex. 1:8-14; Christ was born at a time when  the  church  of  God (i.e.,  Israel)  was in  bondage  to  a  pagan  empire  (i.e., Rome), Luke 2:1-7. Second, The king of Egypt tried to kill Moses after he was born, Ex. 2:15-22; king Herod tried to kill Jesus after he was born, Matt. 2:16-18. Third, Moses was offered lordship (i.e., legal title) over the world apart from the  path  of  true  religion  and  holiness,  Heb.  11:24-27;  Christ,  too,  was  offered lordship over the world apart from the obedience of true Sonship, Matt. 4:8, 9. Fourth, It was the office of Moses to stand between God and the nation of Israel as mediator, Deut. 5:5; it was the office of Christ to stand between God and the nations of men as Mediator, 1 Tim. 2:5; Isa. 11:10; Rom. 15:12. Fifth, Moses revealed the will of God as one who spoke with the Lord face to face, Deut. 34:10; Christ revealed the will of God as one who declared what He knew from face to face communion with the Father, John 1:18.  Moses was a lawgiver, Deut. 31:9; Christ was a lawgiver, Gen. 49:10. Sixth, Moses, as lawgiver, gave birth to the nation of Israel from Zion, with its  civil  polity  through  which  they  gained  lawful  possession  of  the  land,  Ex. 31:18; Deut. 11:8; Christ, as lawgiver, is to give birth to the nations from Zion, together with their civil polities through which they shall gain lawful possession of their respective lands, Rev. 12:5; Ps. 2:6-12. Seventh, Moses was set as a king in Jeshurun (i.e., “upright one”) over the nation of Israel (i.e., “prince of God”), Deut. 33:4, 5; Christ was set a king in Zion (i.e., “parched place”) over the kings of the earth, Rev. 19:16. Eighth, Moses, as the civil ruler, led the nation into the waters of baptism, 1 Cor.  10:2;  Christ,  as  ruler  of  the  kings  of  the  earth,  commands  all  nations  to follow Him in baptism, Matt. 28:19.  This is, of course, because it belongs to the office of the Mediator to bring nations to birth by means of the true religion and baptism unto faith, Isa. 52:15. 
Ninth,  Moses  intercedes  for  the  nation  of  Israel  in  order to  retain  their obedience and submission to God, Ex. 32:12-14; Deut. 9:13, 14.  Christ intercedes for His people to the end that all nations be brought to obedience and submission to God, Ps. 2:8; Rom. 15:18; 16:26. Tenth,  Moses  made  sure  his  national  aspirations  by  sending  out  twelve disciples  to  spy  out  the  land,  Num.  13:2,  3;  he  also  appointed  seventy  men, according to the number of the nations, to represent the international intentions of  the  true  religion,  Deut.  32:8;  Ex.  24:9-11.    Christ  made  sure  his  national aspirations by first sending out twelve disciples into all the land of Israel, Matt. 10:5, 6; He additionally sent forth seventy men before whom the international intentions of the true religion were confirmed, Luke 10:17, 18; Rev. 20:2, 3. Eleventh,  Moses,  as  the  civil  ruler,  appoints  these  seventy  men  to  the tabernacle  work  and  the  Spirit  descends  upon  them  making  them  prophets, Num.  11:16,  24,  25;  Christ  appoints  His  disciples  to  tarry  at  Jerusalem  to  be outfitted for the international designs of the tabernacle work under the Gospel, Acts 1:8; 2:1-11; 15:15-17. Twelfth, Moses, as the king of Israel, paid tribute (i.e., he made distribution of the monies for the support of the true religion), Num. 31:41; Christ, as king of the Jews, also paid this tribute for the support of the true religion, Matt. 17:24-27. Thirteenth, Moses appeared with Christ upon the mount of transfiguration as the representative of the law to indicate that Christ came to fulfill the law, Matt. 5:17, 18; 17:1-9; this He came to do in and through all nations, Hag. 2:6-9. Fourteenth, Moses was faithful over his house which he built (i.e., the family, or nation, he created), Heb. 3:2-5; Christ, a prophet like unto him, was faithful over His house, Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:9.  Moses built his house to possess the land of Israel, Num. 12:7; Neh. 9:14; Christ built His house to possess the earth, Zech. 6:12-15.