Moses – His Legacy

Today we wrap up our study of Moses and look at the legacy he left. We read in Deuteronomy 18

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

Deuteronomy 18.15-19

The leadership is great, his call, his preparation, his recall are all great, but perhaps the most important thing about Moses, perhaps, is the clear and cogent pointer he gives towards someone better.

He says, the Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothersto him you shall listenI will put my words in his mouth…he shall speak to them all that I command him.

All of these things point to one person, don’t they?

Someone who would be descendent from the nation of Israel, someone who would represent God before people, and people before God, someone who would speak the Word of God. Some thought this was John the Baptist (John 1.19-21), but all of this points us to Jesus.

Jesus is descended from the nation of Israel (Matthew 1.1).

Jesus represents God before people, and people before God (1 Timothy 2.5).

Jesus speaks the Word of God (John 12.49). Jesus IS the Word of God (John 1.1, 14).

What this means for you is that the history is great, seeing the roots of our faith is great, seeing the wondrous workings of God in the past is great, looking at the life of Moses is great, but, greater than that is looking at what Moses pointed to – to Jesus.

This was always going to be the plan for humanity, and for you. Salvation, reconciliation, and justification are all available through the One Moses pointed to. Let us never lose sight of the truth that Moses, and every other person mightily used of God always points to one place, to one person.

The legacy of his life is a pointer to the person and work of Jesus!

Moses – His Birth

Exodus 2.1-10 introduces us to the birth and early life of Moses. Born amid turbulent times of tribulation and persecution (Exodus 1.22), the parents of Moses see that he was special (2.2, cf. Hebrews 11.23), and take extraordinary measure to keep him safe.

Miraculously the basket, the current of the river, the bathing location of Pharaoh’s daughter, and her emotional response upon seeing the crying child were all under the providential care of the Lord (vv.3-6). 

Moses’ parents’ act of faith in trusting him to the Lord are rewarded, and his Mother is actually then paid to raise her own son (vv.7-9). As a young man, Moses is adopted into the royal family and given all the privileges thereof (v.10). 

The parallels between the births of Moses and Jesus are inescapable:

Providential circumstances and intervention allowed the young boy to live amid a context of persecution and in the face of a royal death sentence – Matthew 2.13-18

The privileges of royalty were accorded to him although, as we will see, they were cast aside for God’s purposes and plans – Philippians 2.6

The birth of this child heralded a new beginning for God’s people; a man born to deliver them out of slavery and into a glorious new and renewed relationship with God, a man born to guide God’s people into a new chapter in their life of faith.

Moses, or Jesus?

Circumstances and events surrounding the birth of Moses all combined to showcase the glory and providence of God, and they give us a wonderful preview of Jesus.

Today, what is going on in your life that does the same? Pause, look…really look, and make a note of it. Start today to plot a course of how God is moving in your life. Write it down, journal it, bullet point it, just do something that you can look back on!

What is aligning and combining to show you, and those around you, just how good and glorious God is?