HaShem has lovingly forbidden His Children from a variety of practices that are common among the nations, including divination, consulting fortune-tellers, interpreters of omens, sorcerers, charmers, mediums, necromancers, or those who inquire of the dead (cf. Devarim 18:10-11). We are instead to submit to His servants, the Prophets, especially The Prophet, the one like Mosheh (Moses).
Mosheh says to Bnei Yisrael (the Children of Israel),
‘You shall be blameless before HaShem, your G-d. For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners, but as for you, HaShem, your G-d has not allowed you to do this. HaShem, your G-d will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—just as you desired of HaShem, your G-d, at Khorev on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of HaShem, my G-d, or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ And HaShem said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him; and whoever will not listen to My words that he shall speak in My name, I myself will require it of him.’
— Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:13-19
It is of the utmost importance to listen to the prophet who comes after Mosheh. This is true of all of the Prophets, and how much more of the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) HaMashiakh (the Messiah), as Kefa (Peter) says!
‘The G-d of Avraham, the G-d of Yitzchak, and the G-d of Ya’akov, the G-d of our fathers, glorified His servant Yeshua… Mosheh said, ‘The Lord HaShem will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.”
— Ma’asei (Acts) 3:13a, 22-23
And as HaShem says,
‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…’
— Hoshea (Hosea) 4:6a
Following, then, are 30 ways Yeshua is like Mosheh, that you may know he is truly the Prophet that was promised, and that, in so believing, you may have the Life in his name (cf. Yokhannan / John 20:31).
- Drawn From the WaterThe Torah says of Mosheh that he was so named because he was drawn out of the water (cf. Shemot / Exodus 2:6). The Spirit of HaShem is likened to waters (cf. Yoel / Joel 2:28-29, Yeshayahu / Isaiah 55:1-5, Yokhannan / John 7:37-39), and the Lord Yeshua was likewise drawn from the waters of the Spirit rather than an earthly father. He was conceived in Miryam (Miriam) by the Ruakh HaKodesh (cf. Luke 1:34-35).
- Sought for Death at BirthAs infants, kings sought the destruction of Mosheh and Yeshua alike. In Mosheh’s case, Pharaoh sought his life (Shemot 1:15-16); in Yeshua’s case, it was King Herod (Mattityahu / Matthew 2:16).
- Saved By the Daughter of EgyptIt was the daughter of Pharaoh who drew Mosheh out of the Nile (Shemot 2:5-6), and Yeshua was likewise delivered from the hand of Herod by the daughter of Egypt when his mother and father fled to Egypt at the direction of the angel of HaShem (Mattityahu 2:13). Daughter is a term used in the Scriptures to refer to the descendants of a people and place (cf. Zekharyah / Zechariah 9:9).
- HaShem’s SalvationBoth Mosheh and Yeshua are the means by which HaShem saves His people. HaShem saved His people from the slavery of Mitzrayim (Egypt) through Mosheh (cf. Shemot 3:4-10, Ma’asei / Acts 7:25), and He saves us from the slavery of sin through Yeshua. The name Yeshua is the equivalent of the name Yehoshua (Joshua; cf. Nekhemyah / Nehemiah 8:17) and means ‘HaShem Saves’. He is so named because he saves his people from their sins (cf. Mattityahu 1:21). Yeshua also sounds like the Hebrew word yeshuah, which means ‘salvation’.
- Deliverance From OppressionBoth Mosheh and Yeshua came to their people to deliver them from oppression. Mosheh delivered the slave from the physical slave master who was afflicting him (Shemot 2:11-12), while Yeshua drove out the unclean spirits that were afflicting his people (cf. Mattityahu 4:24).
- Teachers of LoveMosheh and Yeshua both came to their people with a message of brotherly love. At their first coming, Mosheh challenged one Hebrew who struck another (Shemot 2:13) and Yeshua likewise emphasizes the love of one’s neighbour as the second greatest commandment (Mattityahu 22:39).
- Despised & RejectedBoth Mosheh and Yeshua were rejected by their people at their first coming. Mosheh thought his people would understand that HaShem was giving them salvation by his hand (cf. Ma’asei 7:25). Instead, it was said to him, ‘who made you a ruler and a judge over us’ (Shemot 2:13)? And as it says of Yeshua, the Arm of HaShem who became flesh and dwelt among us, he was despised and rejected by men (cf. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 53:3, Yokhannan 12:37-38).
- Saviours of ForeignersThey both came to foreigners as a result of their rejection. Mosheh saved the daughters of Yitro (Jethro) from the wicked shepherds (cf. Shemot 2:16-17), and the Good News about Yeshua has and continues to save the daughters of the nations as a result of his rejection by his own people (cf. Ma’asei 13:45-46).
- Delivered From DestructionMosheh fled to Midyan because Pharaoh wanted to kill him (Shemot 2:15). The Dragon likewise sought to destroy Yeshua, but Yeshua was caught up to HaShamayim (Heaven, cf. Revelation 12:4-5).
- ShepherdsBoth Mosheh and Yeshua are shepherds (cf. Yokhannan / John 10:11,14) watering the flocks of the children of Avraham (cf. Shemot 2:16-17). Mosheh became the shepherd in Midyan, the son of Avraham by Keturah (cf. Bereshit / Genesis 25:1-2) and also the Children of Yisrael in the wilderness, and Yeshua to the native born of Yisrael and those of the nations alike who by faith in the G-d of Yisrael through him are the Children of Avraham, the Father of faith (cf. Galatians 3:7,29).
- Believed OnThe Torah says the people believed in HaShem and in His Moses His servant (cf. Shemot 14:31). Likewise HaShem sent His Servant, the Lord Yeshua, that whoever believes in him should not perish (cf. Yokhannan 3:16, Galatians 2:20).
- Direct Access to HaShemHaShem speaks to both Mosheh and Yeshua clearly and not in riddles (cf. Bamidbar / Numbers 12:8). As Yeshua says, his Father commanded him what he should say and what he should speak (cf. Yokhannan 12:49).
- Beholders of the Form of HaShemHaShem says Mosheh beholds the form of HaShem (cf. Bamidbar 12:8), if only His back and not His face (Shemot 33:23). As Yokhannan says no mere man of dust has ever seen G-d, but that the only Son, who is at the Father’s side, has declared Him (cf. Yokhannan 1:18). The Lord Yeshua is the exception, as he says: no one has seen the Father except the one who is from the Father (cf. Yokhannan 6:26).
- Called Elohim, But Not G-d HimselfMosheh and Yeshua are both called elohim (“gods”, i.e. powers), yet being subordinate to Elokim (“G-d”, the Highest Power; Shemot 4:16, 7:1, Tehillim /Psalms 45:6-7, Ivrim / Hebrews 1:8-9).
- Senders of ProphetsMosheh and Yeshua both send prophets to speak on their behalf. Mosheh’s prophet is his brother Aharon (cf. Shemot 4:10) and Yeshua’s prophets (cf. Mattityahu 23:34) are his disciples (cf. Mattityahu 10:16-20).
- Called to Speak to KingsMosheh and Yeshua are both sent to speak to kings. Mosheh to Pharaoh through his prophet Aharon. Yeshua through his disciples to all the kings of the Earth (cf. Mattityahu 10:16-20). As Yeshayahu says, kings shall see and arise, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves (cf. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 52:15). They have and continue to do.
- Plagues Precede Their DeliveranceMosheh and Yeshua are both called to return at the appointed time to deliver Bnei Yisrael from oppression, being preceded by signs and wonders. The deliverance of Mosheh is with the plagues of Mitzrayim (Egypt, cf. Shemot 7-12, Devarim 34:10-12), while Yeshua’s deliverance is preceded by plagues on all the Earth (cf. Mattityahu 24:21-31, Revelation 15-19).
- They Plunder the NationsBefore Bnei Yisrael left Mitzrayim, HaShem made the Egyptians favourably disposed toward them, so that the Egyptians sent them away with gifts (cf. Shemot 3:21-22, 12:35-36). Likewise, the wealth of the nations comes to Yerushalayim through Yeshua (cf. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 60, Revelation 21:26).
- Bring the People Into the WildernessMosheh and Yeshua both bring the people into the wilderness to be tested and judged by HaShem (cf. Devarim 8). Whereas Mosheh brought the people into the wilderness of Mitzrayim, Yeshua brings the people into wilderness of the nations (Yekhezkel / Ezekiel 20:33-38).
- Masters of the Physical WorldMosheh and Yeshua both receive a mastery over the physical world from G-d through faith. Mosheh parts the waters of Yam Suf and instructs the people to walk through the Sea (cf. Shemot 14:21-22), while Yeshua walks on the sea and even calls his disciple to join him (cf. Iyov / Job 9:8, Mattityahu 14:22-33). Yeshua also rebukes the storm and it is still (Luke 8:24).
- Bringer of WrathMosheh and Yeshua are both used by HaShem to destroy the enemies of HaShem’s people. The Egyptians who pursued Yisrael perished in Yam Suf (the “Red Sea”, cf. Shemot 14-15:21) and in battles fought with Yisrael, and Yeshua also brings wrath on the nations that come against Yerushalayim at his return (cf. Zekharyah / Zechariah 14, Revelation 19:11-16).
- Feeding the PeopleMosheh and Yeshua both feed the people of Yisrael. Mosheh fed the people with the bread from Heaven, the manna (cf. Shemot 16), while Yeshua feeds us with the spiritual food of his own body, the Bread from Heaven (cf. Yokhannan 6:22-59).
- Prepare the PeopleMosheh and Yeshua both come down from the mountain to prepare the people to meet HaShem on the third day (cf. Shemot 19:11). Mosheh tells the people to wash their garments (cf. Shemot 19:10,14), while Yeshua tells us to repent (cf. Mattityahu 4:17) and to clothe ourselves with the righteous deeds of holiness (cf. Revelation 19:8). After two days since the exile began, HaShem has revived the nation. On the third day He will exalt us that we may live before Him (cf. Hoshea / Hosea 6:2); and we will meet the Lord Yeshua in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17).
- HaShem Bears WitnessHaShem testifies to the authority of both Mosheh and Yeshua. HaShem came to Mosheh in the cloud on Sinai, that the people would hear when He spoke to Mosheh and therefore believe (cf. Shemot 19:9), while the Voice on the mountain says of Yeshua, ‘This is My beloved Son. Hear him’ (cf. Mattityahu 3:16-17, 17:1-8).
- Make Known and Establish the TorahMosheh received and made known the Torah of HaShem to Bnei Yisrael (cf. Shemot 24:3), preparing the people to inherit the Promised Land. Yeshua declared to his disciples and to the nation through them the fullness of the Torah in order to prepare them for the Life of the World to Come (cf. Mattityahu 5:17-20). Likewise Shaul, the servant of Messiah Yeshua, says we establish the Torah (cf. Romans 3:31).
- Suffering ServantsBoth Mosheh and Yeshua suffered for the work of sowing the Word of G-d among the people. The rebellious among the people often quarreled with Mosheh, challenged his authority and motives, and complained. Whereas they had been close to putting Mosheh to death (Shemot / Exodus 17:4), Yeshua was ultimately put to death for the words and work of HaShem after having been routinely attacked by the rebellious of Yisrael.
- Judges of the PeopleMosheh and Yeshua both judge the people and make judges. Mosheh sat down to judge (cf. Shemot 18:13) and appointed judges (ibid. vv.25-26). All judgement is ultimately given to Yeshua by the Father (cf. Yokhannan 5:22-23), who likewise apoints his disciples judges of the twelve tribes of Yisrael (cf. Mattityahu 19:28), and all his disciples judges of the world, and even angels (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:2-3).
- IntercessorsMosheh and Yeshua both intercede for the people, that they might be spared from the wrath of HaShem. Mosheh intercedes for the people after their many sins in the wilderness (I.e. Shemot 32:11), while Yeshua interceded for Kefa (Luke 22:31-32), for example, and now lives to make intercession for transgressors (cf. Yeshayahu / Isaiah 53:12, Ivrim / Hebrews 7:25).
- Establish the TabernacleMosheh and Yeshua both establish the Tabernacle of G-d. Mosheh established the copy and shadow of the Heavenly Tabernacle (cf. Shemot 25:9), while Yeshua is establishing the Tabernacle/Temple of his body, of which his servants are members (cf. 1 Corinthians 12:27), becoming a dwelling place for G-d in the Spirit (cf. Ephesians 2:19-22). Furthermore, the Temple of HaShem, while it will be rebuilt before the return of Messiah Yeshua, will be established until the World to Come in the millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua, the Son of David (cf. Yekhezkel / Ezekiel 37:24-28, Revelation 20:6).
- Willing to Die for the PeopleAfter the people sinned in the wilderness with the golden calf, Mosheh begged the forgiveness of HaShem, putting his own life on the line for them, praying that HaShem would blot him out of His Book if HaShem would not forgive the people (cf. Shemot 32:30-32). Likewise Yeshua says of himself that he laid down his own life for the people of his own accord, in order to save his people; no one took his life from him (cf. Yokhannan 10:18).
As for Mosheh, because of his sin, he was not the one to cause Bnei Yisrael to enter the Land (Bamidbar / Numbers 20:6-12). Instead, it was the man who stood before Mosheh, the man of his right hand (cf. Yeshayahu 63:12), who caused Yisrael to inherit the Land (Devarim 1:38). Mosheh renamed him Yehoshua (cf. Bamidbar 13:16), the equivalent of the name Yeshua (cf. Nekhemyah / Nehemiah 8:17). It is he, who is without sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), who causes the meek to inherit the Earth (Mattityahu / Matthew 5:5).