Matthew portrays Jesus as the Greater Moses, the True Lawgiver who brings the “Law and the Prophets” to their intended fulfillment.
In Matthew’s gospel, the life of Jesus echoes events from the history of Israel. The point is not that Christ reenacted what Yahweh did in Moses and for Israel, but that he brought what God had begun in the distant past to fruition. He is the Greater Lawgiver foreshadowed in the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt under Moses.
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The “word” of the Son is superior even to the “word” of Moses, the “servant” in the house of Yahweh and the Great Lawgiver – Hebrews 3:1-6.
The letter to the Hebrews demonstrates the supremacy of the Son by comparing his “word” to those of angels and of Moses, his priesthood and sacrifice to the Aaronic priests and the repeated animal sacrifices of the Levitical system, and the new covenant inaugurated by him to the old one now rendered obsolete by the ministry and exaltation of Jesus.
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