What is to be understood is that Moses was not merely requesting to be counted among the people when God was preparing to render judgment, but he was offering his life in the stead of the people who had committed the transgression (v. 32). Despite Moses’ intercession for the lives of the people, and even requesting that he be removed from the Lord’s book in the place of the people, God said to Moses,
“…Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of My book…in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them…” (vv. 33, 34).
Sounds familiar? As we move from the Book of Exodus to the Epistle to the Hebrews, we soon discover that what was presented to us in the Old Testament under Moses’ administration was a type of things which were to come in the Person of Jesus the Christ of God. The author of Hebrews wrote,
“Wherefore when He cometh into the world, He saith, ‘Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin Thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God’…He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second…” (10:5-7, 9),
“Wherefore, holy brethern, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. For this Man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, insomuch as He Who hath builded the house hath more honor than the house…And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; But Christ, as a Son, over His own house…” (3: 1-3, 5-6),
“Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a High Priest, Who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A Minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this Man have somewhat also to offer. For if He were on earth, He should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, ‘See,’ saith He, ‘that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.’ But now hath He obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much ALSO HE IS THE MEDIATOR OF A BETTER COVENANT, which was established upon better promises…” (8: 1-6),
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us…now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself…” (9:24, 26)…#thinkonthesethings
…to be continued