Sunday, May 03, 2009

Jesus is the new and better Moses

"Jesus is presented not as a new Moses but as one who utterly transcends Moses. Jesus, like Moses, provides for his followers and leads them in the way; but Jesus is himself the provision-the true bread from heaven and water of life, and Jesus is the way. Like Moses, Jesus offers the covenant sacrifice, but Jesus is himself that sacrifice. Moses lifted up the serpent on the pole as a symbol of divine judgment; the death of Jesus was that diving judgment in antitypical finality. Jesus, like Moses, builds the house of God, but Jesus also is himself the temple. - Kline, The Structure of Biblical Authority"

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