Archive | March, 2013

Out of Egypt He called His Son, back to Egypt to redeem His People

5 Mar

And the LORD said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.”  So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt.  And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.  — Exodus 4:19-20

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”  And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. — Matthew 2:19-21

I’ve been struck before by the innumerable similarities between and foreshadowing of Moses to Jesus.  They struck me even more strongly this morning while reading in Exodus, and were elaborated on in my mind during my drive home this evening.  The phrase that really triggered this string of thoughts was the recording of Moses putting his wife on a donkey to journey, similar to Joseph putting his bride (to-be) on a donkey to journey.  Of course, that’s not a one-to-one translation, but the minutia of the stories can be used to show us the types and foreshadowings of Christ, though I certainly don’t aimed to be the “hyper-typer” who just goes fat-kid-crazy in the theological candy store–irresponsibly and stretching text and hermeneutic and tone and meta-narrative beyond what can be faithfully stated.  With the intro out of the way, let us look at the lesson of what Christ came to do be taught us by what Moses was sent to do.

Before I get to the texts I opened with, I’ll give you a list of some similarities between Christ and Moses:

1) Moses was raised in the royal family and condescended to his people, Israel.  Christ, THE King, did the same.
2) Moses was of the priestly line.  Christ superseded the priestly line of Levi, and is of the line of Melchizedek, is our TRUE Priest.
3) Moses saved his people from the taskmasters who removed the supply of straw, while they still demanded the same production.  Christ redeemed His People from the Pharisees, who added burdens to the backs of Israel, while lifting not a finger in aid to remove them.
4) Moses’ being sent by God was attested to and proved by signs.  Christ works miracles that PROVED the He was sent and WAS God.
5) Infanticide surrounds the births of both men.  The infanticide in both cases served to limit, even castrate (not to be graphic, but I honestly believe this term faithfully describes the situations) and hamstring the Strength of the people of Israel

And now we get to the point that is my purpose of writing this: Moses fled for his life from Egypt from the king, and was called back to redeem Israel; Christ (by carriage of his parents) fled to Egypt from the king who sought His life, and was called back to Israel to finally redeem Israel.

The typology of Moses and his mission to Christ and His mission reveals to us the spiritual, perfect, and complete nature of the redemption that Christ was to work for us in His Gospel.

Moses was led by God from his exile in Midian back to Israel’s exile in Egypt to deliver the LORD’s people from Egypt, from slavery, to the promised land o’er Jordan.  Moses was the answer to the crying out and lamentation of God’s people over their bondage.  However, don’t be mistaken–Israel wouldn’t let go of her slavemaster and land of bondage so quickly.  Upon continuing on reading the story of the Exodus, you find that those who disbelieved God, who still longed for their slavery in Egypt-land, continued on in rebellion against the God of their fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob.  Because of their disbelief and faithlessness, they died in the wilderness, for their not taking to heart the mighty works worked before their eyes against their abusers and taskmasters.  They died the death of infidelity and disbelief.  They inherited not the Promised Land of Abraham.

In a nutshell, Moses led physical Israel from literal Egypt to a physical Promised Land, to Jerusalem.

Let’s look at the spiritual nature and completeness of Christ’s leading Exodus from Egypt to Israel:

Jesus was led by God from His exile in Egypt back to Israel to deliver His, the LORD’s People from slavery to the Promised Land o’er (and through) Death.  Jesus was the answer to and fulfillment of the LORD’s promises to redeem Israel from their death and bondage to sin.  Don’t be mistaken–Jesus wasn’t the savior and redeemer that everyone in Israel was looking for.  A lot of those who were of Abraham by flesh would not let go of their slavery to the Law and to their own “righteousness” so easily.  They still longed for their sin, proving themselves to have never been of their fathers, of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, and much less of their God.  It is because of their disbelief and their lack of spiritual eyes through faith that they thought that they had already arrived in the Promised Land.  Rather, they died the death of infidelity and disbelief, wandering around in the desert, drinking sand while thinking it milk, and eating dust without the sweetness of honey.  They inherited not the Promised Land of Abraham.

To simplify, Christ led spiritual Israel from a figurative Egypt–literal Jerusalem–to a spiritual and true Promised Land, to Zion.

My writing fails to truly convey the glory of what Christ has done for us.  The Children of Abraham are not those by mere flesh and blood, but are by spirit, by Christ’s Flesh and Blood.  The Israel we look forward to does NOT find it’s completion in a city built by David or a temple built by Solomon, but in a City built by God, and in the indwelling of HIS Spirit in us so that WE are made temples, temples which Christ serves as our TRUE Priest!