TYPOLOGY – MOSES 2
In our previous talk we looked at the keys Jesus gave us to understand the Old Testament. We call it typology. The priests, the prophets and the kings of the Old Testament were types of Christ, the Antitypical Priest, Prophet and King.
Today we are going to search the Bible concerning Moses that will help us appreciate Jesus just a little more.
One of the most important cities in the time of Abraham was called Haran. When I visited the site I thought of a promise that God made to Abraham.
Acts 7:4,5 “So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living. He gave him no inheritance here, not even a foot of ground. But God promised him that he and his descendants after him would possess the land, even though at that time Abraham had no child.
While you are looking at the ruins of ancient Haran, I want to ask you a question.
How old was Abraham when he left this place for the Promised Land?
Genesis 12:4 So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
Before he left Haran, God gave Abraham a prophecy that was fulfilled exactly 430 years later at Sinai.
Galatians 3:17 The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established (with Abraham) by God and thus do away with the promise.
Exactly 430 after God made a covenant with Abraham at Haran, the law was given here at Sinai.
One of my favourite sites in Israel is the Negev desert. This is where Abraham sojourned all his life.
After spending many years in the Negev, waiting for the promised child, God again spoke to Abraham. He has a way of reminding us of His promises at the very time when we experience difficulties and heartaches.
Genesis 15:13 Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own, and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years.
Isaac was five years old and Ishmael 19. But he did not cherish his half brother and mocked him. This was the first mistreatment
This is the river Jabbok where Jacob agonized with God. Why? His brother Esau wanted to kill him. Was his son Joseph mistreated? Yes.
What happened to the descendants of Abraham after the death of Joseph who was also mistreated? You are looking at the tomb of Pharaoh Thutmosis I. Listen what the Bible says about him:
Exodus 1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.
One can visit the obelisk of Thutmosis I in the Karnak temple at Luxor. When he passed the death decree, Moses was born. Why would he try to kill baby boys at this stage?
Do you think the devil studied the two time prophecies of Israel’s future deliverance?
The elders of Israel were taught by angels that the time for their deliverance was near, and that Moses was the man whom God would employ to accomplish this work. Angels instructed Moses also that Jehovah had chosen him to break the bondage of His people. PP 245
Next time we are going to see how God delivered Moses from a watery grave and made him the greatest leader of antiquity. His deliverance was a type of the antitypical deliverance of Jesus at His birth.
Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.
Exodus 12:41 And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.