Where’s Jesus? Moses flees (Exodus 2:11-25)

As Moses grows up in the household of Pharaoh, he never forgets who his people are.  One day while watching them and their difficult situation he determines to act in order to bring relief to one fellow brother.  He ends up killing an Egyptian in the process and over the next few days he flees for his life to the land of Midian.  How does this testify to Jesus?  Jesus doesn’t kill anyone, but aside from that single point, there are strong similarities in their lives.

Like Moses, Jesus knew who his people were.  He referred to them as the “lost sheep of Israel” in Matthew 15:24.  It was these lost sheep, who

were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36b)

And just as Moses determined to involve himself in saving one of the Hebrew slaves, so too did Jesus  have compassion on his lost sheep.  He came to be their shepherd and not just any shepherd, but their Good Shepherd.  Where Moses sought to free his people from oppression by killing another, Jesus took an entirely different tack.  He says,

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

Jesus came to die, instead of to cause the death of others.  He came to free the oppressed by becoming oppressed by death himself.  While Moses’ example necessitated his own flight to Midian, Jesus never shrunk back from the full cost that liberating his lost sheep would require.  He lived among them as a stranger in a strange land.  He served them as a shepherd serves his sheep, watering them with his very own life.  He transcended Moses’ example in every way, for he is the giver of Life.  Let us rejoice that as

God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them (Exodus 2:25)

so he also looks upon us, oppressed by sin and death and

through Christ Jesus…set[s] [us] free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)

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About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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