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Lawrence Feingold In the Sacred Scriptures of the New Testament, Jesus Christ is portrayed as and truly is the New Moses. The understanding that Jesus is the New Moses is based in Moses¶ prophecy in Deuteronomy 18:15-19, where Moses promises a prophet to the Israelites who will be like him but far greater. Jesus is this Prophet by reason of his anointing as the Messiah. The messiah was understood to be the one anointed with the Holy Spirit to be priest, prophet and king. Many parallels are seen, throughout the New Testament, between Moses and Jesus as the New Moses. One of these parallels is the role of the prophet. The prophet was one who spoke with divine authority in the name of God. And so, just as Moses revealed God and his will to the Israelites through the Torah, Jesus is the New and Living Torah by his every action and by the grace which he imparts to men through the sacraments merited by his Redemption. A perfect example of Jesus as the New and Living Torah is the Sermon on the Mount. Just as Moses, as the legislator of the Torah, prayed before going up to the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments as the law of Israel, so Jesus, as the legislator of the New Torah, prayed all night before going up the mountain to deliver this sermon as the new law of the New Israel, the Church. In Jesus, the incarnate Son of the Father, God is speaking directly to his people, whereas in Moses he spoke indirectly. Another parallel grounded in this prophetic office is the aspect of prayer. Prophecy was always preceded by and carried out through prayer. Scripture describes Moses as speaking to God face to face as a man speaks to his friend. Therefore, Moses could reveal to the Israelites the name of God as YHWH, I AM WHO AM. This was a very high form of contemplation, but not the highest. This is made evident in Exodus 33 when Moses asks for God to show him his glory; God denies this request and shows him his back. However, when it comes to Jesus, he sees
and Holy Spirit. as the ³the only-begotten Son. . Son. he has made him known. who is in the bosom of the Father. it is precisely because Jesus sees the Father that he can be the New Moses.´ is the greatest example of this. Throughout the New Testament this truth is witnessed to. John the Apostle¶s description of Jesus. specifically in the Gospels describing Jesus as being sent from the Father to reveal the hidden mysteries of God. Thus.the vision of God from the very moment of his incarnation and is thus able to give to man the fullness of the revelation of God as Father.