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flower of his age, and when he was in his full natural strength. Neither Moses nor Christ, as far as we may collect from sacred history, ever ailed, or felt any bodily decay or infirmity, which would have rendered them unfit for the toils they underwent; their sufferings were of another kind. Moses was buried, and no man knew where his body lay; nor could the Jews find the body of Christ. Lastly, as Moses a little before death promised another prophet, so Christ promised another Comforter.

The same writer concludes : “ Is this similitude and correspondence in so many things between Moses and Christ the effect of mere chance ? Let us search all the records of universal history, and see if we can find a man who was so like to Moses as Christ was, and so like to Christ as Moses was. If we cannot find such a one, then have we found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.”

To the above observations we may add a few

“The law was given by Moses,” saith Scripture; “but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ "." Now we know, that the law was our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ?, or was a preparative to the Gospel; and he who introduced the one was a type of Him who introduced the other. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. The twenty-third verse of the 106th Psalm speaks of “Moses his chosen” standing “in the breach.” This immediately conveys the idea of a Mediator, as indeed Moses was between God and the Israelites, when the Law was given, according to the covenant, which God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: but Jesus was “the Mediator of a better covenant." He was the Mediator between a disobedient people and an offended Deity. The covenant was made through the intercession of the Son, and the terms were, “he that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved !.” The covenants indeed were different, but the very difference constituted the type, inasmuch as the substance differs from the shadow—the type from the antitype. The resemblance between Moses and Christ is emphatically marked in the following prophecy. “I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee; and will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words, which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him ?."


John i. 17.

2 Gal. iii. 24.

It must be remembered, that Moses was the instrument, by which God revealed the Law, and Jesus was the pre-ordained author of Christianity—the man approved of God by miracles, and wonders, and signs !.” By the intercession of Moses, God became reconciled to the Israelites ;—by the intercession of Jesus, God became reconciled to the disobedient. Moses introduced codes and laws, by which the Israelites were to be governed ;-Jesus introduced his Gospel, by which the Christians were to be directed. Now, unless by the Divine command no man could stand between God and the people, or deliver from God laws and statutes, by which they were to be guided. The glory that shone upon Moses' face evidenced, that he had been in the presence of Jehovah, and it was typical of the transfiguration. Moses was the divinely commissioned servant of God: Christ who came from the bosom of his father was the SON OF GOD. But there were certain typical events which happened under Moses, that tend vastly to increase the force of these remarks; they were the following, and are well deserving of notice.

1 Mark xvi. 16.

· Deut. xviii. 18, 19.

First, the Passover was so called from the Hebrew root Pasach, to pass over. It was a feast instituted by Divine authority, and was typical of the Eucharist. It was kept in commemoration of the destroying angel passing over the houses of the Hebrews, which were marked with the blood of the lamb 1. The Lamb was called the Paschal Lamb, and was a remarkable type of Christ. As the lamb was without blemish, so was Christ : as not a bone of it was to be broken, so when they came to Jesus, they found Him dead already, and they broke not his legs. The lamb was a typical atonement for sin Jesus actually atoned for the sins of the world ; whence the Scripture particularly sets forth Christ to us as the antitype of the Paschal Lamb. When Jesus approached St. John, the latter, in allusion to this, cried out, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world ? !” and St. Peter says, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot; who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 3.” St. Paul says likewise, “Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth 4.” In the Book

1 Acts ii. 22.

1 Exod. xii.
31 Peter i. 18-20.

John i. 29.
*1 Cor. v. 7, 8.



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of the Revelations, Christ is almost invariably mentioned as the Lamb. So that we may conclude, that the sacrifice of the lamb was intended by Jehovah to point out the sacrifice of Christ : i. e. that the one was a shadow, figure, or type of the other. The lamb was a sacrifice appointed by God under the old dispensation to be offered up for sin’; as being perhaps the most innocent and meek of all animals, well shadowing the lamb, that was slain upon the

But the efficacy consisted in the blood; for “ without blood there is no remission." the blood of the lamb, that saved the Israelites from the destroying angel

angel - it is the blood of Christ, that cleanseth us from all sin. “My flesh is meat indeed,” said our Saviour, "and my blood is drink indeed 8.” “ For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the Eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living God * ?” The shadow is so strikingly apposite to the substance, that it is quite impossible to mistake the typical allusion of the lamb,

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See Gen. xxii. 8. Exod. xii. Exod. xxix. 39. Lev. ix. 3. Lev. xiv. 12. Lev. xxiii. 12. Numb. vi. 14. 1 Sam. vii. 9. Ezek. xlvi. 13, &c.

? Heb. ix. 22. 3 John vi. 55. 4 Heb. ix. 13, 14.

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