Meanwhile, Moses was shepherding the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from within a bush. Moses saw the bush ablaze with fire, but it was not consumed. So Moses thought, “I must go over and see this marvelous sight. Why is the bush not burning up?” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called out to him from within the bush, “Moses, Moses!” “Here I am,” he answered. – Exodus 3:1-4 BSB
Chuck Missler explained the Bible perfectly when he said, ““It is sixty-six books written by forty authors, written between 1446 B.C. & 90 A.D. But now we discover that it is an integrated message system from outside our time and space domain.” The Bible has more historicity- Historical authenticity; fact- to support its own writing and origins than any other book in existence. It is one document that is all about the revelation of God and His son, our redeemer, our Messiah- Jesus. I have heard people say that there are 2 different Gods. Some believe there is the God of the Old Testament, and the God of the New Testament. I have heard it said that the Old Testament is irrelevant, since the New Testament is now the Law of the Kingdom. Those are both false statements. The Old Testament gives us signs and shadows of a coming Messiah. A perfect example is in Exodus 20, we were given the 10 Commandments. It is impossible for anybody, sans Jesus, to keep the 10 commandments. The 10 commandments point to the need for a savior. For Moses Law brings judgement and death, Jesus brought life. For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. (Hebrews 7:19) The Old Testament points to Jesus, and tells us His coming and His purpose. Even Jesus told others that the Hebrew Bible, the Tanak, was all about Him. Tanakh, is an acronym for the Hebrew Bible consisting of the initial Hebrew letters (T + N + K) of each of the text’s three major parts. Tanakh is made from the first Hebrew letter of each of the Masoretic Text ‘s three traditional divisions: Torah (literally ‘Instruction’ or ‘Law’), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings)—hence Tanak. After Jesus’ crucifixion He was walking on the road to Emmaus and started talking with 2 men about Himself. And he said unto them, O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! And beginning from Moses and from all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luke 24:25-27) Jesus quoted from the Old Testament, there was no NEW TESTAMENT yet- He is the TOPIC of the New Testament. Jesus quoted from the book of Deuteronomy more than any other book, other than maybe, the book of Psalms. The book of Genesis is all about God and His ministry of reconciliation and shadows of Christ called, Abraham and Joseph. The book of Exodus is all about Jesus. Just like Joseph and Abraham in Genesis, were signs of Jesus, Moses was also a sign, a shadow of Jesus.
Leader, Jesus is all over Exodus! Look at the similarities between Moses and Jesus: Both were threatened with being killed as a baby. Moses was in danger of being killed by the Pharaoh, but was providentially cared for by God- As He was put in an ark, a basket for Pharaoh’s daughter to find. Jesus’ life was threatened by Herod the Great when He was a toddler, but by prompting of the Holy Spirit, escaped Herod’s killing spree. Both were suffering Saviors. Moses chose to suffer with the Jews rather than reigning in Egypt. Jesus chose to lower Himself to identify with us in this world and refused to have the power of the world that belongs to Satan. Both were rejected by their own people. Both had Gentile brides. Moses gained a Gentile bride, Jethroe’s daughter, while in the Midian desert. When Jesus was rejected by His own people, Israel, He also opened the door of salvation to the Gentiles which became the base of His bride, the church. But I ask, “Did Israel not understand?” First, Moses said: I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation; I will make you angry by a nation that lacks understanding. (Romans 10:19) One last similarity between Moses and Jesus; The Blood of the Lamb! Moses delivered God’s people through the blood of the lamb during the first Passover in Egypt. See Exodus 12:1-13. Jesus became the Christ, He became the perfect Lamb of God with His own blood on the cross during a Passover. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:11-14)
Conduit, Jesus is all over the Old Testament. In Numbers, Leviticus, Genesis, Deuteronomy, and Exodus you will see shadows and signs that are all about Jesus. Specifically in the book of Numbers is one of the great stories of one looking to CHRIST and being delivered from the punishment of death. In Numbers 21, the people again got discouraged, and in their unbelief they murmured against Moses for bringing them into the wilderness. They had already forgotten that it was their own sin that caused them to be there, and they tried to blame Moses for it. As a judgment against the people for their sin, God sent poisonous serpents into the camp, and people began to die. This showed the people that they were the ones in sin, and they came to Moses to confess that sin and ask for God’s mercy. When Moses prayed for the people, God instructed him to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole so the people could be healed (Numbers 21:5-7). And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:14-16) However, the book of Exodus has at least 7 signs\shadows of Christ in the story of the Exodus. In Finding Jesus in Exodus, biblical scholar Nicholas Perrin shows that the Bible’s story of the Exodus from beginning to end is filled with a prophetic foretelling of the person and work of Christ: Moses as a great deliver and prophet, the voice in the burning bush, the Passover Lamb of God, the unleavened bread, the rock and the pillar of cloud, the red sea crossing, and the manna from heaven. In addition to that, Jesus quoted, solely from the Tanak- there was no New Testament yet. He also specifically stated He did not come to negate the OLD, but to Fulfill it! “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19) The Word is all around us, GET SOME IN YOU! It is on the Radio, on FB, on your phone, on TV, in the BIBLE and in your Bible believing churches! Get in the Word, and get the WORD IN YOU! In closing, let me leave you with another Chuck Missler quote, “Someone has said, “If you squeeze a lemon, you should get lemon juice. If you squeeze an orange, you should get orange juice. If you squeeze a Christian, you should get Christ.” That only happens if CHRIST IS IN YOU! If it is NOT in you, then it won’t come out of you when you are squeezed”!