Moses Part 25

Moses, the man of God

A study

Part 25

Conclusive Remarks

This is the final part of our study on Moses. Here let us look into the following matters.

  1. Later Scriptural References of Moses
  2. Appearance of Moses with the Lord on the mount of transfiguration
  3. Typological studies from the life of Moses
  4. Conclusion

LATER SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES OF MOSES

There are numerous references to Moses after the close of the Pentateuch and in most occasions Moses is used synonymous to the Law. As the author of the Law he is contrasted with Christ, the author of the Gospel of the Grace of God. God also refers to Moses as “My servant” and remembers Moses as the one who earnestly interceded for his people (Psa.99: 6, Jer.15: 1, etc.). In Jude 9 is an allusion to an altercation between Michael and Satan over the body of Moses.

Appearance of Moses with the Lord on THE MOUNT OF TRANSFIGURATION

That which occurred on the mount, when Jesus was transfigured (Matt.16: 28 – 17:5) is a fore-view of things which are yet to occur. The same Greek word “metamorphoo” is translated as “transfigured” in Matt.17: 2 and “transformed” in Rom.12: 2. The change presently taking place in a believer is inward. This work of the Holy Spirit will culminate or consummate with an outward change. The Spirit of God who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil.1: 6) The day is coming when we will put off “the body of this death.” (Rom.7: 24) On that day He “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.” (Phil.3: 21)

What the Lord Jesus Christ foretold in Matt.16: 28, was fulfilled in Matt.17: 1-5. After six days, on the seventh day, certain disciples saw, “the Son of man coming in His kingdom.” As Peter, James and John in their natural bodies appeared with the Lord Jesus on the Mount, the Lord Jesus was transfigured before them. At that time Moses along-with Elijah also appeared in transfigured bodies and stood in His presence. Years later when Peter wrote about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in 2Pet.1: 16, said, “we were eye witnesses of His majesty – the greatness of His royal magnificence.”

The “six days” (Matt.17: 1) foreshadow the 6000-year period extending from the creation of Adam to the beginning of the Messianic Kingdom. It will be “after six days” – after 6000 years – that the Son of man will be seen “coming in His kingdom.” The “high mountain” (Matt.17: 1) foreshadows the coming kingdom (see Psa.2: 6, Ezek.28: 14, Dan.2: 35). In that coming glorious kingdom, the Lord Jesus Christ will appear in this transfigured body. The Church, associated with Christ in that kingdom will be comprised of resurrected believers (typified by Moses) and believers who have never died (typified by Elijah), all in glorious bodies. The nation of Israel (typified by Peter, James and John on the high mountain) will be here on earth in natural bodies but they will be elevated above all other nations. The bright cloud that overshadowed them typifies the Glory of God, which will fill that kingdom.

All believers will be transfigured in this manner on that day. But it is not sufficient to obtain only this future outward transfiguration of our body, we must also posses the inward transformed life (soul). In this present time, we must continually yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit and permit Him to bring about a deep inward transformation in our life. Only then, we will be found fit to partake in the glory and power of our Lord in His coming glorious kingdom (Matt.16: 24-27).

TYPOLOGICAL STUDIES from the life of Moses

In the Word of God, we can find a large number of Typological Pictures, which God has used from the beginning to reveal His plans to man. A correct understanding of the Word of God necessitates viewing the types and anti-types together. Biblical typology has emanated from an infinite mind, from One Who knows the end just as well as He knows the beginning. This is the way God has seen fit to structure His revelation to man. And in order to properly understand that, which God has revealed, man must study Scripture in the manner in which it was written. Let us study two of the several Typological Pictures, which can be seen through the life of Moses.

1) Moses & Israel typifying Christ & Israel

Moses in his dealings with Israel forms a type of Christ in His dealings with Israel (Deut.18: 15, Acts 3: 22-26). Look at the events recorded in Exo.2: 11 to 3: 10. As Moses went to His brethren and was rejected, so did Christ. As Moses then left Egypt and traveled to another land, so did Christ. As Moses took a Gentile bride while in the other land, so is Christ presently taking a Gentile bride. As the day came when God sent Moses back to his brethren, so the day will come when God will send Christ back to His brethren. The remaining part of the book of Exodus, Exo.3b to 40 typifies those events, which will occur during the period extending from Christ’s return to the actual establishment of the Messianic Kingdom.

We are presently living during that time when Christ is taking a Gentile bride. Exo.2: 15b-21 is presently being fulfilled. Thus we can see that almost all that is typified in the Book of Exodus is yet to be fulfilled. This unfulfilled section of Scripture, Exo.2b-40 begins with the Great Tribulation. There is first the picture of Israel in the fires of the Great Tribulation or Jacob’s trouble (2:23 to 3:10). Then there is God’s commission to His Son (3:16 to 4:18) followed by God sending His Son back to earth (4:19,20). Then we see the judgement on earth-dwellers at the time of His return (Exo.7: 20…), Israel’s appropriation of the blood of the Passover Lamb (Exo.12), the overthrow of Antichrist and his armies (Exo.14). In Exodus, God, through Moses removes the Israelites from Egypt and takes them toward their Promised Land. In the Anti-type Christ Himself will regather all Jews from a worldwide dispersion and restore them to their Promised Land. (Egypt is always a type of the world in Scripture) Then we see the new covenant made with Israel and other preparations for the kingdom (Exo.19…), and finally the kingdom established (Exo.40).

Everything typified from Exo.4: 19 to the end of the book, points to those events, which will occur during the period extending from Christ’s return to the actual establishment of the kingdom. The Book of Daniel reveals that this period will be seventy-five days in length (Dan.12:11-13). And in the book of Revelation 13½ chapters (6:1 to 19:10) provide details of the Tribulation Period. And Rev.19:11 to 20:6 covers the events surrounding Christ’s return and the ushering in of the Messianic Kingdom. We can see that a major part of each book provides commentary on a part of the other book.

We see this sequence of events in the Book of Joel too. Israel is removed from a worldwide dispersion, through Divine power (2:27 – 3:1) and subsequently Antichrist and his armed forces will be overthrown (3:2 – 16). This will be followed by the restoration of the kingdom to Israel (3:17 – 21)

2) The Wilderness Journey typifying the Life of a Believer – A FUNDAMENTAL TYPE

In 1Cor.9:24-27 Paul states that the believer is in a race with a crown in view which will be acquired only after the runner has been approved at the conclusion of the race. Here the Greek word translated as castaway means disapproved. It is the opposite of the words translated as tried (approved) in James 1:12, 1Pet.1:7, and 1Cor.3:13.

A believer’s disapproval for the CROWN in 1Cor.9:24-27 has its typological parallel in the verses immediately following (1Cor.10:1-11) which record Israel’s disapproval for entrance into the land of Canaan. These eleven verses repeatedly indicate certain experiences of the Israelites under Moses and the sins of the people which charaterised their wilderness journey. Now these things were our examples (types) to the intent we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (types); and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world (ages) are come. (1Cor.10:6,11). Thus there is a type-anti type treatment of Israelites under the leadership of Moses, with believers under the leadership of Christ. The approval or disapproval of a believer at the conclusion of the race, at the judgement seat of Christ must be understood in the light of the experiences of Israelites in the wilderness, under the leadership of Moses. This the primary, fundamental type which God uses in His word to teach believers, great spiritual truths concerning their present pilgrim journey under the leadership of Christ. This typology does not deal with the Eternal Salvation, which we posses now, but this deals with the Crowns or Rewards, which we may gain or loose when we meet the Lord, at His Glorious Return.

CONCLUSIVE REMARKS

Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. It had pleased God to reveal the foundational truths of His word through Moses. This includes those details from the time of the restoration of the earth and creation of Adam, which took place about 2500 years before his birth. Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, who did all those miraculous signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt – to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. (Deut.34: 10-12)

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