Jesus perfected and exceeded Moses
13 And he goeth up into the mountain, and calleth unto him whom he himself would; and they went unto him.
14 And he appointed twelve, that they might be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,
15 and to have authority to cast out demons:
If one looks at things which Jesus and Moses did to start their ministry (concerning the people of God) from a bird's eye view, you will see what Moses did was the shadow of what Jesus did.
Both started their prime activity by first going up into the mountain communicating with God and both set off with twelve. Moses divided the people of Israel into twelve tribes and Jesus set forth His ministry via His twelve disciples. In the case of Moses when the Levies were set apart the sons of Joseph were divided and the twelve numbers maintained. Similarly in the case of Jesus' team when Judas died Matthias was added so that the numbers were maintained, even when Solomon who was well instructed by his father David also set his rule of his kingdom via his 12 officers.
Without the twelve tribes Israel could not enter their Promised Land and we without our twelve cannot enter Heaven. It is not because twelve was a good number or we also need to be divided by the number. This was done so that we do the real thing which they imitated. The number twelve represents the twelve Fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit which are the pillars or what Heaven is build on. Nine of them are as stated by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 and are those which we can receive and grow on in this world. The balance three (also stated by Paul in Ephesians 5:9 are righteousness, truth and holiness) are those which Adam and Eve lost in the Garden of Eden when they disobeyed God. These fruits are those for which Jesus Christ sacrificed so that by His sacrifice and Spirit we may be able to pursue them and receive them from Him. Without these Fruit(s) our spirits are considered corrupt and a corrupt spirit cannot enter the Upper Heavens where the glory of God is. This is required for the lower heavens which include the world we live in, the spiritual level known as grave and hell where the unbelieving souls go after death will all cease to exist and the whole of Heaven will be realigned.
Moses was given authority which was symbolized by the rod he held. The Levies who were priest had authority via the Ark of Covenant which they bore. Jesus gave us authority by the knowledge of Him and by the CROSS (not crucifix) which we carry (therefore to understand the real CROSS we need to study the Ark of Covenant and its design). For both, without this being done their purpose was lost and that purpose was to do with driving away and destroying demons or fallen angels.
You may ask, what were the Israelites to do with demons? The Israelites needed this authority so that they can crossover and defeat the Canaanites and other tribes which dwelled in the Promised Land. We need to have this authority for we too need to enter our Promise Land which is Heaven and be part of the Body of God the Son which was once held by Satan and his fallen Angels and which they try to keep away from us.
It is very important we mature our faith to the point of fullness which is to have authority and this is only possible by the knowledge of who Christ is and by our carrying our (the) CROSS.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You sent Moses and others to give us required resources and the understanding of how we can come back unto You. When they could not deliver this fully so You came Yourself as man and made it possible to us to be successful. With You leading us our success is already written. Lord we pray that we be among those who are with You in the victory. That we may not perish but receive eternal life in You...
This prayer we make in your Mighty Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.
15 And the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying,
16 Command the priests that bear the ark of the testimony, that they come up out of Jordan.
17 Joshua therefore commanded the priests, saying, Come ye up out of Jordan.
18 And it came to pass, when the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD were come up out of the midst of Jordan, and the soles of the priests' feet were lifted up unto the dry land, that the waters of Jordan returned unto their place, and flowed over all his banks, as they did before.
19 And the people came up out of Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.
20 And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal.
1 Kings 4:7
7 And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel, which provided victuals for the king and his household: each man his month in a year made provision.
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,)
16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick let another take.
21 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us,
22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
23 And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.
24 And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen,
25 That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.
26 And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
Galatians 5:22-23 [nine Fruit(s)]
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness [holiness] and righteousness and truth;)
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