Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Israel. Show all posts

Sunday, February 4, 2024

The Greater Moses

In Matthew, the life and the deeds of Jesus echo key events in the history of Israel; not that he reenacts them, but rather that he brings the things that God began in the past to their intended fulfillment. He is the Greater Lawgiver foreshadowed in the story of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt. By presenting parallels between Moses and Jesus, Matthew sets the stage for the teachings of the “Coming One,” especially as represented in his ‘Sermon on the Mount’.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

The Kingdom Herald

After his baptism, the Spirit “drove Jesus into the wilderness… for forty days and nights.” Like Moses on Sinai, the Messiah of Israel found himself alone in the wilderness where he was tested and molded by Yahweh. His only guide was the Word of God. Like Israel, he was “tested.” Unlike Israel, he overcame every challenge and emerged victorious and “FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” Only then did he begin to proclaim the Good News in the villages of Galilee.