There seems to be a rather fascinating connection between the events of Moses’ life and the ministry of Jesus. Let me attempt to connect some dots. One, Moses had to journey up a mountain (Sinai) to receive a special revelation from God. With Jesus it was the opposite. He came down from the spiritual mountain (heaven) to be the special revelation unto mankind, and ultimately redeemed mankind. In this we see the position of God (above us) and the position of man (below God), both in order and authority. Two, Moses received the commandments from God directly, thus showing that holy statutes and moral goodness originate from God alone. Jesus also provided divine teachings, which either redefined the original teachings, or offered up an entirely new religious point of view (such as loving enemies, worshipping in spirit and truth, etc.) Christ engaged with humanity directly and passionately, as God did with Moses on the mountain. Christ befuddled so many people in the gospel accounts because of His immense insight. He spoke as one Who has great command of the divine doctrines, and understandably so. Jesus is the source of the divine doctrines. And with Moses, as noble as he was at times, he did not develop a codified summary of virtuous behavior. The inspiration came straight from the holy fount: God.
Three, Moses was instructed to place the 10 commandments, or stone tablets, in a wooden ark. A wooden vessel represented the means of God’s mercy, and thereby protection, for Noah’s family. A wooden cross represented Jesus’ means of grace, and thereby restoration, for humanity. Interestingly, wood is perishable. It rots. It warps. It withers. And yet God employed the use of wood repeatedly in Scripture to express His supernatural means to prolong life, and save it. In other words, wood may be temporary but God’s love is everlastingly permanent. And we find in the account of Moses’ life three key areas that point us to the need for a Savior, Who can be found in Jesus: the wonder of God, the word of God, and the way of God. When all this is taken into proper perspective how can our response be anything but praise and adoration?
Deuteronomy 10:2 “‘I (God) will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Then you are to put them in the ark.’” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (3/15/2019)