He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. -Exodus 4:16
There is a drastic difference between how Judaism and the Christian church view Moses.
The church pretty much just lumps Moses together with all of the other Bible characters.
However, Judaism reveres Moses above all except God, and for good reason.
Notice that God tells Moses he will be like a God to Aaron.
The implications of this statement are mind-boggling.
The Almighty creator of the universe, for His own good reasons, has given Moses the authority to speak on His behalf as well as the power to work miracles.
Doesn’t this sound strangely familiar to another important Bible character who appears in the New Testament?
Actually, what we’re about to witness from Exodus 4 and moving forward is unprecedented.
This is the first time in history that God has given a man the authority to not only speak on behalf of Himself but also to work miracles.
Furthermore, as far as the Scriptures inform us, there are and will ONLY BE TWO MEDIATORS in all of history until the end of time.
And their names are Moses and Yeshua.
Now I’m aware that Joshua is at times called Israel’s mediator, and other times the High Priest is called Israel’s mediator, and sometimes even the regular Levite priests are also referred to as mediators.
However, there is one defining distinction that separates Moses and Yeshua from any other so-called mediator in the Bible.
They were the ONLY ONES appointed to hand down God’s laws and commands to mankind.
Even the later prophets such as Isaiah and Zechariah NEVER brought any new laws.
Nor did they ever declare any established laws as void.
Everything the prophets preached to Israel was based on the foundation of the Torah, and more often than not they issued warnings about what would happen to Israel if they strayed from the Laws God had given to Moses at Mount Sinai.
So I want you to firmly embed this point into the deepest recesses of your cranium.
Moses and Yeshua are the only two individuals in the history of mankind to have walked this earth who have the authority to ADD NEW LAWS or ABOLISH ESTABLISHED LAWS.
Not even angels or any other divine spiritual entities were given the authority to change the Law.
After the first mediator Moses passed away, it would be 1300 years before the next mediator Yeshua would be established.
So the 20 billion dollar question is did Yeshua add to or abolish any established laws?
Well, here’s His answer in His own Words.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”-Matthew 5:17-18
A reminder here.
The Greek word for “fulfill” is PLEROOS and literally it means “to fill up“.
It does NOT mean to put an end to or to finish.
The point is that Yeshua came to fill the Torah up with meaning and act out God’s Laws to their fullest extent.
There are a couple of non-negotiable points to take from this.
First, if you ever come across a saying in Scripture from a prophet or an apostle, whether from the Old or New Testament, that seems to imply that God’s Law has been overturned, we must remind ourselves that by definition it is IMPOSSIBLE because God established His Laws through ONLY His two mediators-Moses and Yeshua.
This is so fundamentally important, I’m going to say it again.
If while studying the Bible, we come across a passage that even hints that a commandment from the Law of Moses has been overturned, added or subtracted, such an idea must be discarded as a possibility and another interpretation sought out because Yeshua acted and taught in complete harmony with the Law of Moses and said so Himself.
Second, ALL Scriptural instructions and directions must go through the filter of the Law as given by Moses and written in the Torah.
The biggest mistake I’ve seen countless believers and Christian pastors make is filtering their interpretations of Scripture through the New Testament.
I think one of the main reasons this happens is because of the false division of Old and New that we’ve foisted onto the Scriptures.
There is nothing “old” about the Old Testament.
It is God’s eternal Word to mankind.
It is what Yeshua quoted when facing down the devil after His 40-days of fasting.
It is the ONLY Bible Yeshua and His disciples knew when they walked this earth.
Personally, I think we should just do away with the label “Old Testament” and call these holy writings what they really are: THE SCRIPTURES.
Finally, if you preach about a Jewish Messiah who did away with the Law of Moses, you instantly lose credibility with your Jewish audience.
Because by definition, the future Messiah or Ruler of Israel is one who establishes God’s Law or Torah to be adhered to by all nations.
Read the prophet Zechariah if you think I’m wrong.
All the nations will eventually come under Torah rule.
The erroneous idea that Yeshua did away with the Law is one of the main reasons Jews have difficulty accepting Yeshua as Christianity presents Him.
No Messiah of Israel does away with God’s Holy Law.
He establishes it.
How are we supposed to be ONE body with God’s chosen people-Israel if we deny the Torah, those foundational teachings that solidify their very identity as God’s people?
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’
will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,
only those who do what my Father in heaven wants.
On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord!
Didn’t we prophesy in your name?
Didn’t we expel demons in your name?
Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’
Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you!
Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith?
Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.