Here’s a recap of some other thoughts too.
One, in particular, that I thought was important for this discussion…
[quote=Mr. Ex Nihilo]Now speaking of the 40 years after Jesus rose to heaven, let’s compare the lives of Moses and Jesus for a moment.
Moses and Jesus both acted in the capacity of prophet, priest, lawgiver, teacher, and a leader of men. This much is not surprising-- since this is a common theme for almost all religious leaders.
Both revealed deeper truths about God based on previous revelations and both confirmed their teachings with miracles. This much is not surprising either-- just as I noted above.
In addition to this, however, both confronted demonic powers in their era and successfully subdued them. Both cured lepers and demonstrated spiritual authority via the miracles they performed before many witnesses. From here the similarities become more than a coincedence.
For example, both spent their early years in Egypt, supernatutally protected from the evil kings who slaughtered innocent children in their attempts to kill Moses and Jesus. This comparison is a little bit less than coincidence than the other three ‘general comparisons’ noted above.
Moses appointed 70 rulers to rule Israel whereas Jesus appointed 70 disciples to teach the nations. This is something within the Old Testament ministry which prophesies of the New Testsment ministry.
Moses sent 12 spies to explore Canaan whereas Jesus sent his 12 apostles to reach the world with the Gospel. This too is something within the Old Testament ministry which prophesies of the New Testsment ministry.
Both fasted for 40 days and faced deeper spiritual truths high upon the mountain tops. In fact, both of their faces radiated the glory of heaven-- Moses on Mount Sanai and Jesus at the Mount of Transfiguration. This is not merely a coincidence.
Moses laid his hands upon Joshua so that he might have the authority to rule the Israelites when he was gone just as Jesus gave Peter the Keys to the Kingdom as Primie Minister of the Church for when Christ bodilly would depart. This is not merely a coincidence either.
Moses also promised that God would send another Prophet like himself whereas Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit to comfort us. This is definitely not a coincidence.
Just as Moses lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness to heal his people, Jesus was lifed up on the cross to heal all believers of thier sin. Similarly, just as Moses raised the staff with upraised arms so that the Amalekites might be destroyed, Jesus upraised his arms on the cross so that death might be destroyed. This is definitely not a coincidence either.
Likewise, just as Moses raised his staff at the Lord’s command in order to part the Red Sea between God’s people and the promised land so that the Israelites would be delivered from the King of Egypt, Jesus raised his arms on the cross at the Lord’s command in order to part the infinite gulfs of sin between God’s people and heaven so that the we may be delivered from the Prince of the Power of the Air. This is certainly not a coincidence.
In fact, on the 14th day of Nissan, the Feast of the Passover, both Moses and Jesus freed all who would trust them. This was certainly planned.
On the 17th day of Nissan, the Feast of the Firstfruits, Moses baptized the Isrealites as they passed through the parted waters of the Red Sea whereas Jesus became the Firstfruits of the resurrection when he arose from the dead. This was certainly planned too.
50 days after the Feast of Firstfruits God gave the Israelites the Torah through Moses whereas the God gave Christians the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Christ Jesus-- both on the day of Pentecost. This was not just certainly planned. This was prophesied well in advance.
Nonetheless, despite the spritual leadership of both men, many of the Jewish people were ultimately ungrateful to both men and eventually rebelled against them. In fact, both generations that rebelled against these two men sent from God died due to their lack of faith within a generation of 40 years-- one generation died lost in the wilderness of Sanai whereas the other generation died lost in the seige of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. And, of course, this was prophesied too.
And since we’ve gone to about A,D, 70, we’ve only just begun the Church age-- something which has obviously and definitely been prophesied time and time again all throughout the Hebrew Scriptures.