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Moses : a Type of Christ


The Old Testament is all about Christ. It really is.Jesus2


Don’t listen to those who would put the OT down and say it is over with, it is past. Don’t listen to those who would say OT = “bad” but NT = “good”. It makes up 2/3’s of the Bible and it is all about Jesus.

“Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7/Psalm 40:7.

Remember: The New is in the Old concealed, the Old is in the New revealed.

The NT sheds light on the OT. And the NT is concealed in the shadows of the Old – it is hidden, but it is there for those who like to search for hidden treasure. Looking for the types and foreshadows of Christ in the OT is such a joy. I love discovering Him in the OT.


One example is Moses. Moses is such a wonderful type and picture of Christ. His life and ministry foreshadows Jesus in many ways. However One even greater than Moses is here now, in the Person of Jesus Christ. Let’s see how:


  • Moses was hidden away in Egypt as a baby for his own protection when Pharaoh decreed that all Hebrew baby boys were to be killed.
  • Jesus was hidden away in Egypt as a baby for his own protection when Herod sought to kill Him.


  • Moses, willingly left his royal home and high position in Pharaoh’s palace for the sake of his people.
  • Jesus, the royal Son of God, willingly left the glory of heaven to come to earth for the sake of His people.


  • In due course Moses came up out of Egypt and spent 40 years in the wilderness.
  • In due course Jesus also came up out of Egypt. He spent 40 days in the wilderness.moses





  • Moses was the deliverer of Israel out of the bondage and slavery of Egypt. He redeemed the Israelites from their hard-taskmasters with the blood of the Passover lamb.
  • Jesus is the deliverer of not only Israel but also of the Gentiles. He has delivered us from our bondage and slavery to sin. He has redeemed us from our hard-taskmaster (Satan) with His very own blood.

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29


  • Moses interceded for the Israelites when they corrupted themselves and worshipped a golden calf. In Exodus 32:32 Moses offered his own life on behalf of the people. Such was his love for them that he was prepared to take their guilt upon himself and to die for them.
  • Jesus interceded for the whole of humankind, utterly corrupted and gone astray as we were.  Jesus actually did lay down His life on behalf of humankind. Such is His love for us that He did take our sin and guilt upon Himself and was offered to God in our place.


  • Moses was mediator of the Old Covenant of Law.
  • Jesus Christ is mediator of the New Covenant of Grace.

“For the law was given through Moses but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17


This barely skims the surface of the treasures of Christ that can be found in the life of Moses. Have a look for yourself and see what else you can find.


God bless!


Author: GraceandTruth

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14 thoughts on “Moses : a Type of Christ

  1. Wow! Thanks for the insight!

  2. Most Christians forget that the Scripture Jesus had was what we call the Old Testament. There is a wonderful book by Eleazar Lord published in 1853. I see Amazon has just published a facsimile. Project Gutenburg made it available in 2010. Its title varies between the Messiah: [in] Moses and the Prophets. As someone trained in Old Testament scholarship I find it fascinating, though not an easy read. His basic argument that the Messenger [angel] of the LORD in the Old Testament is Jesus, is consistent with Paul’s teaching that the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily in Jesus. We do, indeed, underestimate the Old Testament because the disciples were convinced, Biblically, by that! Typology is one way to tap into that.

    • Thank you for that resource, it does sound fascinating. I have heard that argument before that Jesus is the Angel of the Lord in the OT and I tend to agree, from my limited knowledge.
      You make a really good point – the OT was the only scripture that both Jesus and the apostles had at the time. Look how much depth the apostles found in the OT. It is so rich and beautiful.
      Thanks for your comment and your input.

      God bless 🙂

  3. That was wonderful. Joseph (Jacob’s son) is another who is a type of Christ. I recommend searching for treasure there too.

  4. I love what the angel said to John when he was tempted to worship him while revelation was being given to him:

    10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. but he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Revelation 19:10

    Another encouragement for finding Christ in the Old Testament is found in Acts:

    2 Then Paul as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ.”
    Acts 17:2-3

    Yes, the Scriptures both Old and New are all about our glorious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless you:)

    • Wonderful points – thank you! Yes if Paul could demonstrate from the OT scriptures who the Christ is then that is a good, sound way of showing that they speak of Him.
      God bless you 🙂

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  6. I totally agree with EVERYTHING you said here…I know it’s a few years later, but do you know how hard it is to convince Reformed Baptists this. They don’t see what we see, and they refuse to see it, all because it’s not EXPLICITLY stated. It’s frustrating talking to Reformers about this stuff, cuz they don’t believe in it.

    Ed Chapman

  7. ST.Augustine quote. ” New Testament is Hiden in Old Testament and Old Testament is revealed in New Testament. Thanks for such a great typology. May God use this source among different nations.I being Pakistani Christian have learnt a lot about this typology.

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