Moses as a Type of Christ

October 9, 2013 at 10:53 am | Posted in Exodus | 4 Comments
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Egypt’s kings were called “pharaohs.”

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.

Exodus 1:8-14

The Israelites had begun their sojourn in Egypt as legal resident aliens, but had now become slaves. Pharaoh planned to control their population, and keep them docile by killing the male babies.

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.

Exodus 1:22

Exodus Chapter 2 introduces Moses. His birth and his providential rescue were arranged by God. Moses would be a man devoted to God (born Jewish) with influence in the “world” (typified by his upbringing in Pharaoh’s court). Moses was cared for in his childhood by a Jewish mother so that he could understand his own heritage and have some understanding of the true God. In this way he was a prophetic type of Jesus Christ: dwelling in the world; dedicated to God; destined to deliver his people.

When Moses was grown he killed an Egyptian slavemaster and fled from Egypt.

And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren. And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand. And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow? And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian? And Moses feared, and said, Surely this thing is known. Now when Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian: and he sat down by a well. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. And the shepherds came and drove them away: but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock. And when they came to Reuel their father, he said, How is it that ye are come so soon to day?

Exodus 2:11-18

We can see that, even prior to his calling by God, Moses had a sense of fairness, and was courageous in standing up for those who were being abused and oppressed.


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