As a born-again Christian, I have a deep appreciation of Moses in the Bible. I admire the relationship that he had with God. After reading the Bible, I have noted that Moses is mentioned several times in the Bible. Besides his amazing story of salvation of the Israelites, his name keeps popping up in the New Testament. This aroused my curiosity and I began to research. One of the questions of interest was, “How many times is Moses mentioned in the bible?”
The number of times Moses is mentioned in the Bible varies from 846 times to 852 times, depending on the version of the Bible. Moses is mostly mentioned in the Old Testament in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. In the New Testament, Moses is mentioned less than 100 times.
In this article, I invite you to join me as we explore the topic of the mention of Moses in the Bible. We will also uncover answers to questions such as whether Moses is mentioned in the New Testament, where the story of Moses is found in the Bible, and how many books Moses is mentioned in the Bible. We will also learn the characteristics of Moses, so read till the end.
Where is the story of Moses in the Bible?
The story of Moses, from his birth to death, is found in four books of the Bible; Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers. The Birth of Moses is recorded in Exodus 2, where the Bible narrates that after Moses was born, his mother hid him for three months and then put him in a basket and laid it by the river banks. This is where Moses was saved by the Pharaoh’s daughter, who brought him up as her child. However, when Moses was grown, he refused to be associated with Egyptians and even fled from Egypt.
According to Exodus 3, God called Moses through a burning bush and gave him instructions to go and rescue the Israelites from Egypt, where they were slaves. God was with Moses as he went to Egypt to rescue God’s people. He succeeded in getting the Israelites out of Egypt. However, on the way to the Promised Land at Mount Nebo, Jordan, Moses died. According to Deuteronomy 34:1-12, the Bible narrates that on Mount Nebo, God showed Moses the land that he had promised to give the Israelites and told him that he had let him see the land, but he could not go there. The Bible implies that Moses died on that Mountain, and God buried him.
Is Moses mentioned in the New Testament?
Yes, Moses is mentioned in the New Testament. In the New International Version Bible, Moses is mentioned 85 times in the New Testament. Moses is mentioned during the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ. According to Mark 9:2-8 and Matthew 17:1-8, Moses and Elijah appeared to the disciples that were with Jesus after Jesus was transfigured.
Other verses where Moses is mentioned in the New Testament include; Hebrews 11:24-26, where the Bible explains that through faith, Moses was able to refuse being associated with the Egyptians as Pharaoh’s child and considered serving God’s great wealth rather than the Treasure of Egypt. Acts 7:22 mentions that Moses was mighty in all his actions, and God had given him the wisdom of the Egyptians. In John 5:46, Jesus said that Moses wrote about him.
What does the Bible say about Moses?
The Bible says that Moses and God spoke face to face because they were friends. According to Exodus 33:11, just like friends speak face to face, God spoke to Moses face to face while in a tent. Therefore, from this verse, Christians learn that God considered Moses, his friend. Even though Moses was a servant of God, God valued him and loved him. This is because Moses was obedient to what God told him.
Also, the Bible says that Moses was faithful in his household. According to Hebrews 3:2-5, the Bible mentions that Jesus Christ was as faithful as Moses was in all his house. From the story of Moses in Exodus, we learn that Moses believed in God and did what God told him. When God told Moses to go and rescue the Israelites, he did not refuse even though he was not confident. He obeyed God’s words and went to Egypt as God had told him. He even faced the pharaoh and told him exactly what God said to him, as it is indicated in Exodus 8: 1-25. While crossing the red sea in Exodus 14, Moses was able to separate the waters because of his faith in God. Therefore, the Bible says that Moses was a faithful servant of God and even shows how faithful he was.
How does Moses appear in the New Testament?
In the New Testament, Moses is seen as the Prophet Prototype of Jesus Christ. According to Luke 24:44, Jesus said that all that Moses wrote about him will be fulfilled. Jesus is describing a reference to himself in the Law of Moses. Also, according to John 1:45, Philip told Nathaniel that they had found Jesus of Nazareth, whom Moses had written about. Also, John 5:46 explains that Jesus said that those who believed Moses would believe him because Moses wrote about Him. Therefore, Moses appears as a prophet who wrote about Jesus Christ o earth.
Characteristics of Moses in the Bible
According to the Bible, one characteristic of Moses is humility. The Bible explains in Numbers 12:3 that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth. It suggests that there hasn’t been a man as humble as Moses. Therefore, Christians earn that one of the characteristics that Moses had was humility.
Another characteristic of Moses, according to the Bible, is that he was an obedient man. Throughout the life of Moses, he is seen to obey God’s instruction. He obeyed God by removing his sandals as he approached the burning bush. He also obeyed God and agreed to let his brother, Aaron be his helper.
How many books of the Bible is Moses mentioned?
Moses is mentioned in 19 books of the Bible. In the Old Testament, Moses is mentioned in Exodus, Leviticus, Psalm, Numbers, 2 Kings, Deuteronomy, Micah, and Hosea. Therefore, Moses is mentioned in 8 books of the Bible in the Old Testament. In the New Testament, Moses is mentioned in Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, Acts, Jude, Hebrews, Romans, 2 Timothy, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Corinthians. Therefore, in the New Testament, Moses is mentioned in 11 books of the Bible.
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