For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
– John 1:17-18
I’ve spoken in the course of these daily devotions about the types and shadows in the Old Testament that point to Christ (Messiah). And I’ve spoken specifically about one of the more notable cases – namely, Moses as pre-figuring Christ.
There are many parallels between Moses and Jesus. Both were preserved in infancy from a king bent on destroying infants he deemed threatening to his throne. Both rose in prominence until the jealousy of others caused a fall. Both were God’s deliverers of the people of God. Both were lawgivers to the people. Both performed miracles by the hand of God. And so on.
While there were many parallels, there were also differences. There always are differences between a shadow and the reality. In fact, the shadow is always just a faint outline of the reality. The reality is greater. And with God, it is much greater.
Moses took a collection of slaves and shaped them into a nation. That’s pretty impressive. Jesus, however, was crucified and rose from the dead all the way to heaven!
Through Moses, the Jews received their Torah (“the Law”). Through Jesus Christ, the world received deliverance from death!
Moses told the Israelites what God wanted from them and what God would do for them. Jesus Christ explained God!
Here’s some of Paul’s preaching which we’ve read before:
And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.'”
– Acts 13:32-33 (all caps are a quotation of Psalm 2:7)
When John says in his gospel “the only begotten God,” he is alluding to Psalm 2:7 – just as Paul was quoting it directly. Psalm 2 was a prophecy of how the Son of God would be exalted.
The ancient Jews knew that God’s Messiah was going to be great, but they had no idea of how great! God Himself was going to be birthed from the dead.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord, thank You that we can see things the ancients dared not even hope for…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)