We see a number of similarities in the responses to Moses’ Ministry and Jesus’ Ministry. Moses is the greatest prophet of the Old Testament and Jesus is the greatest prophet of the New Testament. Jesus, in a sense, is the second Moses. Yet Jesus is more than Moses; he is Lord and Savior and completely faithful and without sin.
We see the following in both Moses’ ministry and Jesus’ ministry: There’s Respect and Rejection, Complaint and Conviction, Criticism and Commitment, and Faith and Unbelief.
The people complain to Moses about not having water. It is difficult to be in the wilderness and desert or anywhere without water. Yet Moses had led them well and God had provided for them over and over again. Here we see unbelief and a lack of trust in God. Moses cries out to God for help, worried that the people will stone him and take his life. Jesus meets rejection, criticism and disbelief in Jerusalem. His authority is challenged and the leaders plot to arrest him and want to put him to death. There are challenging times for all who would be faithful to God and follow the Lord Jesus.
We also see that we cannot do life and walk by faith all alone in these passages. We find that Moses could not live out his calling all by himself. He needs Aaron, Hur, and Joshua. When attacked Moses was to hold the staff of God upward, raise his hands. When his hands were raised the battle went in Israel’s favor. When Moses tired and lowered his hands the Israelites were losing. Moses tired and when Aaron and Hur helped hold up Moses hands the Israelites prevailed and won.
When Moses father-in-law Jethro came to visit, he was delighted to hear from Moses all of the good things God was doing. Yet when Jethro saw Moses trying to listen to all of the issues of the people, acting as the only judge he was troubled. He told Moses it was not good for him to do this all alone. Fortunately Moses took his father-in-law’s advice and taught capable people to become leaders in this ministry.
Jesus does not enter Jerusalem alone; the disciples are with him and there are other followers in the city who will provide what Jesus needs to ride into Jerusalem. Here we see that life is a team sport. We need other people who love God around us.
We live in a challenging world and we live in need of God. Psalm 12 is a good reminder for us, “You, Lord, will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.” (Psalm 12:7-8)