Despite Moses’ greatness, he wasn’t separate from the people of Israel. Although he led them, he was one of them. Moses was an Israelite. Moses was an heir of the covenant the LORD had made with Abraham. Although God spoke His law and covenant through Moses, it wasn’t Moses’ word to the other Israelites, but God’s Word to them all, including Moses.
Why am I making this point? Because I want us to realise that Moses wasn’t some sort of super-saint who had a different sort of salvation to everyone else in Israel. Moses’ salvation was the exact same salvation as the salvation of all who believed in believing Israel. Moses was saved in the same way as all who believed in Israel. And that’s important because it helps us see that all who believed in Old Testament Israel were Christians – their salvation was found in Christ alone and received by faith in Christ alone.
What?! How did I suddenly leap from Moses and the other believing Israelites sharing in the same salvation to saying that they were all Christians? Well, because Moses was a Christian. Now, I know that the disciples weren’t called Christians until Acts 11:26 in Antioch, so the word Christian wasn’t used in Moses’ day, but that doesn’t make Moses any less a Christian. For what is a Christian? A Christian is one who trusts in Jesus Christ. A Christian is one who knows salvation in Jesus Christ. A Christian is one who inherits eternal life in Jesus Christ. And what is this eternal life? Jesus told us the answer to that: ‘And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent’ (John 17:3). Eternal life is knowing the Father and knowing Jesus, His Son. So if Moses knew the Father and the Son, then he was every bit as much a Christian as we are. And if Moses’ salvation was the same salvation as the rest of believing Israel, then they were every bit as much Christians as we are too.
So, did Moses know that Father and the Son? The answer to that question, of course, is a resounding yes, but just humour me for a few moments as we look at the evidence together. (Well, I suppose I should say ‘some of the evidence’, as if we wanted to look at all the evidence that Moses knew Jesus and was saved by Jesus, we’d be here for quite some time!)