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Moses and Jesus

Question: In Acts 3:22, the Apostle Peter points to Jesus concerning Moses’ prophecy, "A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you."

The question arises "How could Jesus be a prophet like unto Moses, since he was perfect and Moses imperfect?"

Answer: Moses is not speaking of his imperfection. Anyone is like unto Moses along the lines of mental, moral or physical imperfection. Imperfection therefore is not the characteristic or similarity that distinguishes this "prophet" from his brethren because all the children of Adam are imperfect in one degree or another.

If Moses was speaking of his imperfect human tendencies Jesus could not be the prophet like unto him because Jesus was "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners."—Hebrews 7:26

How then is Jesus like unto Moses? Let’s compare who Moses was with who Jesus was, is and will be to find the answer.

Being Hebrew male infants, both Moses and Jesus’ lives were threatened by the rulers of their day.

Moses was a Prince in Egypt before he became a shepherd for 40 years. Jesus, was the Logos, the beginning of the creation of God before he was made a little lower than the angels.

After the test of the passage of time, and the humble life of a shepherd God worked with Moses to deliver His people from Egyptian bondage. After the test of the passage of time, and the humble life of a carpenter God worked with Jesus to deliver all people from the bonds of sin and death.

Moses married a woman that was not a Hebrew. Jesus, as bridegroom, calls out his bride (the church) from amongst the Gentiles.

Moses was a lawgiver, a prophet, and a priest. Jesus was a lawgiver, a prophet, and a priest.

Moses was the mediator between God and the nation of Israel. Jesus is the mediator between God and man.

God worked miracles through Moses. God worked miracles through Jesus.

Moses exhorted the nation of Israel to have faith in God. Jesus exhorts all people to have faith in God.

Miriam and Aaron challenged Moses’ authority. Jesus "came unto his own, and his own received him not."