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Lord knew face to face, and all the signs and the wonders which the Lord sent him to do." Moses was not only a lawgiver, a prophet; and a worker of miracles, but a king and a priest. He is called king", and he had indeed, though not the pomp and the crowni and the fceptre, yet the authority of a king, and was the supreme magistrate; and the office of priest he often exercised. In all these offices the resemblance between Moses and Christ was striking and exact.
Moses fed the people miraculously in the wilderness — Christ with bread and with doctrine; and the manna which descended from 'heaven, and the loaves which' Christ multiplied, were proper images of the spiritual food which the Saviour of the world bestowed upon his disciples.
Moses foretold the calamities that would befal his nation for their disobedience Christ predicted the fame events, fixed the precise time, and enlarged upon the previous and subsequent circumstances.
a Deut. xxxiii. 5.
Moses chose and appointed 70 Elders to preside over the people --Christ chofe the same number of Disciples. Mofes fent 12 men to spy out the land which was to be conquered Christ sent his 12 Apostles into the world, to subdue it by a more glorious and miraculous conquest. Mofes interceded for tranfgreffors, and caused an atonement to be made for them, and fopped the wrath of God by lifting up the brazen serpent in the wilderness - Christ was himself lifted up, and was the atonement for the whole world.
Mofes inftituted the Passover, when a lamb was facrificed, none of whose bones were to be broken, and whose blood protected the people from deftruction ---Chrift, was himfelf that Paschal Lamb. Moses had a very wicked and perverfe generation committed to his care; and, to enable him to rule them, miraculous powers were given to him, and he used his utmost endeavours to make the people obedient to God, and to fave them from ruin; but in vain: in the fpace of 40 years they all fell in the wildernefs except · two-Christ also was given to a generation not less wicked and perverse; his instructions
and his miracles were lost upon them; and in about the same space of time after they had rejected him, they were destroyed
Moses was very meek, above all the men that were upon the face of the earth – Chrift was meek and lowly; mildness, patience, and resignation were conspicuous in all his actions; he submitted with the most perfect composure of mind to every indignity; when he was reviled, he answered not again, but resigned himself to him who judgeth rightly.
The people could not enter into the land of promise till Moses was dead-by the death of Christ “ the kingdom of heaven was opened to believers.”
- In the death of Moses and of Christ there is also a resemblance of some of the circumItances. Moses died in one sense for the iniquities of his people: it was their rebel-' lion, which was the occasion of it, which drew down the displeasure of God upon them and upon him: “ The Lord,” faid Moses to them, “ was angry with me for your fakes, saying, Thou shalt not go in thither, but thou shalt die." Mofes there
:, Deut. i. 37:
fore went up in the light of the people to the top of Mount Nebo, and there he died, when he was in perfect vigour, " when his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.”— Christ suffered for the fins of men, and was led up in the presence of the people to Mount Calvary, where he died in the flower of his age, and when he was in his full natural strength. Neither Moses nor Christ, as far as we may collect from sacred History, were ever fick or felt any bodily decay or infirmity, which would have rendered them unfit for the toils they underwent. Their sufferings were of another kind... ** As Moses a little before his death promised the people that God would raise them up a Prophet like unto him-fo Christ, taking leave of his afflicted Disciples, told them, “ I will not leave you comfortless; I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.” ... ..
. Moses expressly declares, “ that it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which the Prophet (hall speak in my name, I will require it of him.” The Jews rejected Christ, and God rejected them. In the whole course of the history of the Jews
there is no instance, recorded, where, in the case of disobedience to the warnings or advice of any Prophet, such terrible calamitiesen. sued, as those which followed the rejection of the Messiah. The overthrow of the Jewish empire, the destruction of so many Jews at. the fiege of Jerusalem, the dispersion of the surviving people, and the history of the Jews down to the present day - calamities beyond measure and beyond example - fulfilled the Prophecy of Moses
Is this fimilitude and correspondence in so many particulars the effect of mere chance ? Let us search all the records of universal history, and see if we can find a person who was so like to Mofes, as was Christ, and so like to Christ as was Moses. If we cannot find such a one, then have we found him of whom Moses in the Law and the Prophets did write, so Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God ?;"
The great design of this Prophecy seems to have been to intimate to the Jews, that at some future time some new lawgiver would arise,
f I am indebted for most of the preceding circumstances of resemblance to the learned and judicious Dr. Jortin. Şeę his Remarks on Ecclesiastical History, vol. i. p. 200, &c: G3