The historical character of Moses is set forth by God as a type/shadow of Jesus. Just as Moses brought Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, so Jesus brings his church out of the bondage of sin, and so forth.
Here are a few (of the many…I dare say hundreds) of other examples that show Moses is a type for Jesus:
- Infants were killed when they were born, yet they escaped (Exod. 1-2; Matt. 1-2)
- God reveals himself to both in the desert before their public ministry (Exod. 3; Matt. 4)
- After they led God’s people to salvation, they were to meet with God and the people at a mountain (Exod. 3; Matt. 28)
- The Israelites protested that Moses/Jesus would marry a Gentile bride (Num. 12:1; Acts 15)
- The authentication of their ministry came from their power over the serpent and ability to heal (Exod. 4; Mark 1) – where serpent is a type for Satan (see 2 Cor. 11:3; Rev. 20:2; etc.)
- Their first sign was turning water into blood/wine (Ex. 4; John 2)
- They “baptized” God’s people in the cloud (= Holy Spirit) and water (Exod. 14; 1 Cor. 10)
- They served as mediators between God and man (Exod. 19; 1 Tim. 2:5)
- They ascended to God longer than the people planned, which prompted the people to rebel (Exod. 32; 2 Pet. 3)
- They were willing to die on behalf of God’s people (Exod. 32:32; John 10)
- There was controversy over their bodies after they died (Jude 1:9)
As I said, more could be added to this list.
Further, all of these events happened historically and truly as recorded. Thus, it shows God’s hand in writing Scripture and ordaining the events of history to point, ultimately, to Christ.
Praise be to God,