As we are reading through the Old Testament I am also reading the references of Old Testament that are mentioned by the New Testament writers. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. Today I want to look at the relationship between Moses and Joshua. In today's reading Moses prays and asks God to reveal to him who his successor will be, and God reveals to Moses that Joshua will be the next leader. Moses is now 120 years old and God has told Moses that he will not go into the promised land, but that Joshua will lead them in. When I was younger I remember thinking that it seemed unfair that God would not let Moses go in after he had faithfully served the Lord and led God's people through all those years.This last year the Lord has really been revealing to me the significance of death. There must be death before there can be new life. Something must die before it can be born again. Moses was God's minister who presented the law to God's people. Moses, Mt. Sinai and the law all symbolize death.
- Galatians 4:24 says, "One covenant is from Mt. Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves."
The law could not redeem us, it could only convict us and verify that we were guilty of sin and deserving of death.
- Gal. 3:21 "For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would have certainly have come by the law."
Paul even says,"All who rely on observing the law are under a curse." Gal. 3:10 The law in short was revealed primarily to do one thing; make us aware of our sin and sentence us to death. But there was something in us that needed to die, that needed to be crucified, that needed to be sentenced to death. It was our sinful nature. Without death there can be no new life.
- Romans 7:6 "But now, by dying to what bound us, we have been released from the law."
A few scriptures earlier(Ro. 7:1)Paul states,"the law has authority over a man only as long as he lives." God intended for the law to bring the death penalty. The law was intended to make man aware that he needed a savior. This would be a task he could not conquer on his own. The beauty of this is that the law only has authority to convict the living. It has no jurisdiction over dead people. If you have been buried with Christ then you are free from the judgments of the law.
- Romans 6:3 "Or do you not know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death."
- Gal. 2:19-20 "For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."
Moses represented the ministry of the law. The Promised land represented Israel entering their rest. See Heb 4:1-11. Moses was not allowed to enter The Promised land. The law can only sentence us to death, it can not take us into The Promised land. However, who do you think that Joshua symbolizes? It's interesting that the name Jesus is the Greek form of Joshua, which means the Lord saves. The beauty of the law is that it points to our need for a savior, and His name is Jesus. Before there can be new life their must be death. Moses brought the ministry of death and Joshua brought the fulfillment to the promise. While the ministry of death can not take us into our promised land, it was given jurisdiction in order to lead us to Christ. See Gal. 3:24 . I will leave you with the words of Jesus:
- John 12:24-26 "I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be."