Moses and Jesus: Encouraging Copycats

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It’s been a little while since I have blogged on here!  Wow.  Ah well.  I am not writing this for anyone but myself anyway.  If people find it interesting to read, you’re welcome to read it. I don’t promise earth-shattering insight, only what strikes me.  In my life I have spent a lot of time worrying that everyone else knew more than I did.  Now, I don’t worry so much.  So if what I find to be a new and original though is something you learned years before, give yourself a gold star and then celebrate with me.

On with the show.

So, obviously Jesus is going to have similarities to other great prophets.  His miracles were not just miracles to identify Him as God and King, but to also demonstrate supremacy over other prophets.  So as I was reading through Numbers (which was like a breath of fresh air after 3/4 of Exodus and the Law) I was struck with the similarities between Jesus feeding the multitudes and the whinging of Israel for meat (Numbers 11).

But right smack in the middle of the miracle of the quail, there is this little account of God establishing 70 men to have leadership under Moses.  God gives them a measure of the Spirit that is on Moses, causing them to prophesy.  A couple of them do it in the middle of the camp.  Prophesying when the Spirit is on you obviously involves speaking with a certain level of authority, and Joshua, Moses’ right hand man takes exception.  To him it looks like these two guys are pulling a Moses in front of everyone.  But Moses’ response is strikingly similar to another one.  Check it out:

28 Joshua son of Nun, assistant to Moses since his youth, responded, “Moses, my lord, stop them!”
29 But Moses asked him, “Are you jealous on my account? If only all the Lord’s people were prophets and the Lord would place His Spirit on them!”  Numbers 11:28-29 (HCSB)

An interlude with Jesus:

49 John answered, “Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.” 50But Jesus said to him, “Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50 (HCSB)

Both feature people who appear to be assuming the authority of the master, and the follower of the master acting jealous for their master.  But in both cases, the master (Moses and Jesus) feels no need to protect what is perceived to be his, and encourages others seeking to emulate himself.  I find that lesson to be enlightening.

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