Moses vs. Jesus

Posted: December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

JesusMosesI believe if there was a survey taken of the most well-known and respected men in the Bible these two would rank extremely high, if not highest.  For Christians Jesus ranks as the highest of all being their Lord and Savior.  For Jews it is Moses that holds this spot for his saving of the Israelites from Egypt and for the books that are known as the Law.

If one studies the main aspects of each of these godly men’s lives, similarities can be found.  We shall take a look at both the similarities and differences of these two men.

First let us start with the similarities:

Moses was a Jew(Ex. 2:1-2).  Jesus was a Jew(Mt. 1:1-17).  Moses saved his people(Ex. 14:27).  Jesus saved his people(1 Jn. 4:14).  Moses had a disciple(Dt. 34:9).  Jesus had disciples(Mk. 3:13-21).  Moses had a loving mother(Ex. 2:3).  Jesus had a loving mother(Jn. 19:26-27).  Moses had to flee for his life as an infant(Ex. 2:3).  Jesus had to flee for his life as an infant(Mt. 2:13-15).  Moses met with God(Ex. 33:12).  Jesus met with God(Jn. 1:1).  Moses scorned those that strayed from God(Ex. 32:27).  Jesus scorned those that strayed from God(Jn. 2:13-17).  Moses performed miracles(Ex. 7-10).  Jesus performed miracles(Jn. 20:30-31).  Moses died(Dt. 34:5).  Jesus died(Jn. 19:30).

Ok, now for the differences:

Moses was a shepherd by trade(Ex. 3:1).  Jesus was a carpenter by trade(Mt. 13:55).  Moses grew up in a palace(Ex. 2:10).  Jesus grew up in a carpenter’s home(Mt. 13:55).  Moses’ birth was not celebrated(Ex. 2:2).  Jesus’ birth was celebrated by angels and wise men(Lk. 28-21).  Moses committed murder(Ex. 2:12).  Jesus did not sin…ever(1 Pt. 2:22).  Moses never saw God’s face(Ex. 33:20).  Jesus has seen the face of God(Jn. 1:1).  Moses saved his people for a brief moment in time(Ex. 14:27).  Jesus saved his people for all eternity(Jn. 14:6).  Moses’ miracles came from God(Ex. 14:30).  Jesus’ miracles came from himself(Lk. 9:1).  Moses died a peaceful death(Dt. 43:7).  Jesus died an agonizing death(Mk. 15:34).  Moses is still dead(Dt.43:8).  Jesus is alive(Mk. 16:6).

Moses is certainly a hero in the Bible; an example to be followed concerning his intimacy with God.  In Hebrews 11, when the author begins to list the “heroes of the faith” Moses receives recognition in verses 23-29, which is more than any of the others that are listed.  He made the stone tablets that God penned the Law on (twice; Ex. 34).  He was certainly a godly man.

But Jesus was the GodMan.  Jesus had no limitations.  There are usually two times of the year that get me really thinking about the life of Jesus.  Christmas and Easter.  I’m sure you’re saying, “Duh!  That’s why they are holidays!”  But I mean that I really think about the everyday life of Jesus.  Not just the stories that are in the Bible.  Not just the fact that he was laid in a manger, but how Mary and Joseph felt about this.  Were they sad because they knew Jesus deserved better?  Were they angry at God for making the delivery happen when they had no place but a barn to go to?  Were they overwhelmed with joy at just the thought of looking upon the face of the Messiah?

At Easter I consider not only the Passion week, but I ask myself, how often did Jesus really think about the day of his death?  Did he also think often of the day of his resurrection?  What was his favorite earthly meal?  What did his laugh sound like?  Was it one of those annoying laughs, or one that makes others around him begin to laugh as well?

To me, the life of Jesus is far more interesting than the life of Moses.  Yes, he was the Savior of the world, but there is so much more intrigue that surrounds Jesus.  We can talk about Moses openly with most people without any offensiveness being exchanged, but just the name of Jesus can stir up a crowd.  The teachings of Moses are widely accepted as “normal.”  Most would say that murder, stealing, lying, adultery, and greed are wrong.  And that taking a day of rest, honoring your parents, and even refraining from taking God’s name in vain are all good ideas.  But Jesus’ teachings go far more than our earthly life.  Jesus being the only way to heaven, eternal life being simply given not earned, humility equaling exaltation, and a love for all people no matter what, are a bit harder of a pill for the majority to swallow.

Jesus did not change a people group, he changed all people, forever.  His birth was just the beginning of an incredible life.  I can hardly imagine that Joseph and Mary completely knew what was to come.  To imagine a small child in a feeding trough saving the world through giving his own life, then raising again to show himself victorious over sin, would be difficult.  Jesus…think about his life.  Read the Gospels and consider his daily life as well as the “exciting” things of the Bible.  Moses is good…but he’s no Jesus.

So why this discussion between Jesus and Moses?  I don’t know.  It was just something that was running through my head…thought I would share.

In Christ’s Love,



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