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Jesus And Moses – Page Two

Page one is about the Passover and Jesus as the pass over Lamb and about original sin.

Jesus And Moses – John 5:4, ASV

  For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me!

Toward the end of his life, Moses prophesied the following:
Deuteronomy 18:18, I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee. . . (ASV) Please read the full prophecy yourself and include verses 19 -22.
However, the initial reaction by many to John 5:4 may, like myself, be to think, "I don't remember what specifically Moses said about Jesus."  It shall be stated here that the subject is large and perhaps not all that Moses revealed may be included here.  Where to begin is always a conundrum, but let's just start in a timely sequential fashion.


The first prophecy of Moses that involved Jesus is found in the Passover observations.

Jesus' Testimony & the Apostle John

The Apostle John About Jesus, Sin, And the World

1 John 2:1-3, My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.  3And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (ASV)

 Jesus' Own Testimony

Matthew 26:26-28, And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it; and he gave to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27And he took a cup, and gave thanks, and gave to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many unto remission of sins. (ASV) 
Luke 24:45-48, Then opened he their mind, that they might understand the scriptures; 46and he said unto them, Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer, and rise again from the dead the third day; 47and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48Ye are witnesses of these things. (ASV)

Passover

All of the animal sacrifices demonstrated the need for blood to be shed for the forgiveness of sins. The most spectacular animal sacrifice of them all was revealed from the beginning of Moses service. In one spectacular stunning divine revelation God gave Moses, the Passover more than all the other sacrifices brings this home. Here the angel of death sent by God passed over all the doors smeared with the blood of the sacrificial lamb. Meanwhile, inside the houses, the obedient faithful partook of the flesh of that lamb and ate unleavened bread, thus sustaining their physical lives and bodies.
Exodus 12:3, “. . . they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household.” (ACV)

13And the blood shall be to you for a sign upon the houses where ye are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt 
 

Christ the Lamb had to Die

From that very first pass over, the Passover became a yearly celebration. This Passover Jesus celebrated with his apostles on the last day before his being arrested. Here are some scriptures about Christ being that pass-over Lamb:

John 1:29 . . .: "See, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world! (Rotherham)

Acts 8:32-33 . . . Now the passage of the Scripture which he was reading was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before his shearer is dumb, So he openeth not his mouth: 33In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: His generation who shall declare? For his life is taken from the earth. (ASV)

In Acts here, Luke quoted from Isaiah and properly applied it to Jesus.
Isaiah 53:7, Hard pressed—yet, he, humbled himself Nor opened his mouth—,As, a lamb, to the slaughter, is led And, as a sheep, before her shearers, is dumb—Nor opened his mouth. (Rotherham)

Thus we see again, that Jesus’ blood had to be spilled, and he had to die for us so as to provide atonement for our sins. The high-spirited apostle Peter agrees with Luke and the other gospels, by saying: (I already quoted verses 18, 19 above in a different context)

1 Peter 1:18-21, Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain course of life [received] by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifested in these last times for you, 21Who by him do believe in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  (KJV)
From the various testimonies found throughout the Bible. It is then obvious that the Passover lamb that was killed –is Christ, our pass-over Lamb:
John 1:29 . . .: "See, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world!

Acts 8:32-33 . . .Now the passage of Scripture that he was reading aloud was this: "As a sheep he was brought to the slaughter, and as a lamb that is voiceless before its shearer, so he does not open his mouth. 33 During his humiliation the judgment was taken away from him. Who will tell the details of his generation? Because his life is taken away from the earth."
 
From the various testimonies found throughout the Bible, it is then obvious that the Passover lamb that was killed –is Christ, our pass-over Lamb of Revelation 5:6:
5]6, And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four beings, and in the midst of the elders, a Lamb standing, like it had been killed, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God being sent forth into all the earth.

Revelation 5:12, Saying with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and benediction. (ACV)
 
Jesus – a sacrificial Lamb for our sins

Mention John 3:16 in a mixed group of Christians, and you are sure to have people of several denominations start quoting it! It is that known.

John 3:14-16, And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up: 15That whosoever believeth in him, may not perish; but may have life everlasting. 16For God so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son; that whosoever believeth in him, may not perish, but may have life everlasting. (DRC)

Are the implications of it as known?

Why did this Son have to die as Matthew below states?

Why does belief in his death prevent the believer from perishing?

Matthew 16:21-23, From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again. 22And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord, be it far from thee, this shall not be unto thee. 23Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: (DRC)

A simple yet forceful scripture that is directly to this point is Isaiah 53:12:

Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors. Yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (ACV)

The whole chapter needs reading since it is seen applied here and there in the NT.

53:5, And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace is on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us. (YLT) Matthew 27:49 But the rest of them said: "Let him be! Let us see whether E·li′jah comes to save him." [[Another man took a spear and pierced his side, and blood and water came out.]] (NW)

John 19:34, but one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water. (Darby)
The next comparison shows the harmony and agreement between the OT and the NT. The sacrificial Lamb is brought forth to be slaughtered. The prophecy regarding his silence is fulfilled.
Isaiah 53:7 It hath been exacted, and he hath answered, And he openeth not his mouth, As a lamb to the slaughter he is brought, And as a sheep before its shearers is dumb, And he openeth not his mouth. (YLT) →

Matthew 27:13-14, then saith Pilate to him, `Dost thou not hear how many things they witness against thee?' 14And he did not answer him, not even to one word, so that the governor did wonder greatly. (YLT)


This is of course further verified in several other places.

Moses

The inspired writings of Moses pertaining to the temple and the sin offerings foreshadowed Christ’s sacrifice. Below, we can understand by ourselves the truth of Moses. It states that without the spilling of blood through death, there is no atonement for sin. Thus the animal sacrifices that God accepted repeatedly as sin offering foreshadowed Christ’s onetime sacrifice.

Leviticus 17:11, for the soul of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul. (Darby) 
This same thing the apostle Paul taught.
Hebrews 9:22, and with blood almost all things are purified according to the law, and apart from blood-shedding forgiveness doth not come. (YLT)

OT & NT Agreement

From what God inspired in Isaiah 53:12, it is then clear that Jesus died and through the shedding of his blood provided a means for the forgiveness of sin to all those putting faith in his sacrifice.

Isaiah 53:12, . . .because he poured out his soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors. Yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. (ACV)

I Peter 1:18,19,  18Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain course of life [received] by tradition from your fathers; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (Webster)


All of the things given Moses about the temple, about the sacrifices, about the priesthood, the Holy, and the Most Holy compartment of the temple were pointing to the real things coming with Christ, to their heavenly counterparts, to the new priesthood that has Christ as high-priest (Heb 3:1).

Blood and Sin

First Biblical Prophecy

One final agreement between Moses and Isaiah is found in Genesis 3:15 and Isaiah 53:5:,
Genesis 3:15, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed. He shall bruise thy head, and thou shall bruise his heel. (ACV) (thou = serpent, Satan)

Isaiah 53:5, But he was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed.
As demonstrated above, the OT and NT is in agreement. Peter and John were both of the twelve that Jesus had selected, and these agree with Moses.

Original Sin


While the phrase ‘original sin’ is not in the Bible, the concept is. The whole OT and NT is mostly about that one subject.God requires blood to be shed for the forgiveness of sin.

All scripture agrees that the blood provided is that of the Passover Lamb Jesus Christ. Even Moses foretold the need for the sacrificial Passover Lamb Jesus.  So, now the question is, if Jesus is our sacrificial Passover Lamb that takes away the sin of the world, what sin is it referring to?

Why is the world of mankind in need of this ransom or redemption?
John 1:28-29 . . . John was baptizing. 29On the morrow he seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold, the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world! (ASV)

(Jesus’ own words!) Matthew 20:28, even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

As Paul explains – in harmony with all of the above – that through one man Adam sin entered the world. Rom 5:12, Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned:— (ASV)
The fact that Paul explains why – and Jesus didn’t – does not cause discord or disharmony; rather, it enlightens us. Thus we may understand that the whole world is under Adamitic sin and needs redemption from it, a ransom – that of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb.In this manner, though the phrase original sin is absent, the concept is present in power.

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