WHI-1296 | The Story of Moses, Part 1

Sunday, 07 Feb 2016

On this program the hosts continue their series, The Story of God’s People, as we look at the great characters and moments of redemptive history. This week we will begin a two-part exploration of the life and ministry of Moses.

Who was Moses and why was he such an important figure in ancient Israel? How do the events in Moses’ life end up foreshadowing the greatest story ever told? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn.

“We can’t see what’s happening with Moses and then read what’s happening with Jesus and his birth in Matthew 2 and not see the connection between the two, because it’s being set up like that. When you see the wise men deceiving Herod, not to let him know where they’re going, and so the murderous king is deceived by these Hebrew midwives in Exodus, and then you have the murderous king being deceived by these Gentile wise men. You have these unassuming heroes. These would not be the heroes that many Jews would be thinking, ‘Oh yeah sure, Hebrew midwives and Gentile wise men.’
“So going back to the point earlier that God will use the most insane ways to get his purpose done which is redemption and freedom and protection, and then the irony of the fact that Jesus ends up being taken off to Egypt to be saved from the murderous king. And so there’s a clear connection; the fact that Scriptures highlight that is to jog our memory of reminding us of the previous redemption in Exodus.”
– Justin Holcomb
Drama of Redemption
We are to view the historical events recounted in Scripture as ingredients in a unified story ordered by God’s providence. There is no square inch of human history that is outside the mission fields of Son and Spirit. The biblical authors are witnesses to a coherent series of events ultimately authored by God. This series of events involves both divine words and divine deeds and, as such, is both revelatory and redemptive. The Old Testament testifies to the same drama of redemption as the New Testament, hence the church rightly reads both testaments together, two parts of a single authoritative script. What unifies the canon is Divine Providence and this in two senses: formally, the Bible is the product of divine authorship; materially, the subject matter of the Bible is the history of God’s covenant faithfulness. It is the story of how God keeps his word: to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and so on. It follows that the Old and New Testaments are connected at a profound level, for the one story of God’s faithfulness to his covenant promise is told in two parts. The typological connections that link the two testaments are grounded on God’s acting consistently through time.
(Adapted from Kevin J. Vanhoozer, “Ten Theses on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture,” Modern Reformation July/August 2010, pp. 17–18)

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