During the time of Moses, Pharaoh ordered a mass killing of every Hebrew baby under the age of 2 years old. During the time of Jesus, King Herod ordered a mass killing of every Hebrew baby under the age of 2 years old.
-Moses was hidden in Egypt for 3 months to keep him alive. Jesus was also hidden in Egypt to keep him alive.
-Moses came up out of Egypt to redeem his people. Jesus, too, like Moses, came up out of Egypt to redeem the world.
-Moses was born without shelter, laid into a straw-thatched basket, and floated down a river. Jesus too was born without shelter, laid into a straw-filled manger, because there was no room in the inn.
-Moses was brought up by a man who was not his natural father. Jesus was brought up by a man who was his stepfather, Joseph.
-Moses was a Hebrew Levite. Jesus too was a Hebrew Levite.
The similarities go on and on.
We can see here that Moses is a ‘type of Christ’, an Old Testament figure who carries in themselves a foretelling or revelation of the Christ that is to come. In this we see that the Bible is not just a book of many stories, but a book of history, story, songs and poems that are all part of one BIG story, the story of God’s love for creation, and His salvation and redemption of mankind through the person of Jesus Christ.
This Sunday we shall look at the birth of Christ through the book of Exodus. What can Moses teach us about Jesus? What does the salvation and rescue of Israel in Exodus reveal about our salvation and rescue through Christ?
As the narrative opens in the first few chapters of Matthew we see already a familiar story. God’s people are under oppression. An order to kill a generation of children has been given. And yet there is hope! A small, helpless child is born, the prophesied ‘King of the Jews’. Will this child be the salvation of the people of Israel from Roman occupation? Will this child free them from the cruelty of a foreign ruler? Or does God, in His vast wisdom, have something else even greater in mind?