Moses, a type of Christ. What does it mean to be a Type of Christ? Join me on this journey and allow the Bible to come alive to you. Throughout scripture, there are many types of Christ. Some of those types are people who walked this earth thousands of years before us. The events in their lives pointed forward to the new covenant and to Jesus Christ.
You don’t need to know these things to be a Christian or to live in the power of God. Yet, understanding the foreshadowing helps us understand what God is really about. Understanding gives us insight into His character and the way God does things- past, present, and future. Understanding increases our faith and our hope.
Moses is known as one of the greatest leaders of all time. He is also listed as the most humble man on earth. The meaning of his name implies deliver or drawn out of the water. Moses was “drawn out of the water” or “delivered” from certain death by the daughter of Pharaoh. He was saved for the purpose of leading God’s people. In this role, Moses exemplifies a type of Christ. Moses was saved from death for this specific role.
Leader and Lawgiver
Moses was the chosen leader of the Israelites. He prepared them for their exodus and led them for forty years until they reached the promised land. Christ is the head of the Church just as Moses was the leader of the Israelites. Moses also met with God and brought the Ten Commandments to the people. Through Christ, we have the new covenant and the new law that does away with the old. Through the death of Jesus Christ, the new covenant was established. Because the old covenant was not enough, Jesus came to bring the new. The old covenant pointed to the new covenant, and therefore Moses as the keeper of the old covenant points to the redemption of Christ in the new covenant and the New Testament.
Chosen by God to deliver His people from slavery, we see in Moses a type of Christ. The Israelites became slaves of Egypt and begged God for years to remove their oppression. God chose Moses to be the leader of the exodus. In this way, Moses became the redeemer for these chosen people. He led them out of bondage and to the promised land. In the same way, Jesus Christ came to earth to lead us from bondage, thus becoming our Redeemer.
During the 40-year wilderness travel, Moses was the only mediator between God and His people. He met with God and carried His messages to the people. Moses pleaded with God for the lives of the people. In like manner, Jesus is the Word from God, and He intercedes for His people today.
In the same way, Jesus is our Mediator. Moses gave the people the law and the covenant from God. This points forward to the new covenant under Jesus Christ. In this we also see Moses a type of Christ. Jesus Christ is the Mediator of the new covenant.