Appendix 3. References to Moses in the New Testament

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Moses is mentioned many times in the New Testament, always positively, though occasionally with reference to the Old Covenant which is contrasted with the New. At no place is he criticized or denigrated, but rather honored.

James J. Tissot, Moses and the Ten Commandments
James J. Tissot, "Moses and the Ten Commandments" (1896-1900), watercolor, Jewish Museum, New York. Larger image.

Moses as Lawgiver

  • Purification, Law of Moses (Luke 2:22)
  • Cleansing of lepers (Matthew 8:4 ; Mark 1:44; Luke 5:14)
  • Divorce (Matthew 19:7-8; Mark 10:3-5; Luke 20:28)
  • To Pharisees who cheated widows: Mark 7:10)
  • Sadducees on Levirate marriage (Matthew 22:24; Mark 12:19)
  • Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:29, 31)
  • Moses is accuser of Pharisees (John 5:45-46)
  • Law of Moses to be observed (John 7:23)
  • Moses commanded adulteress be stoned (John 8:5)
  • Disciples of Moses (John 9:28-29)
  • Stephen accused of blasphemy against Moses (Acts 6:11, 14)
  • Stephen relates history of Moses (Acts 7:20-44)
  • Circumcision taught by Moses (Acts 15:1, 5)
  • Paul accused of turning people from Moses (Acts 21:21)
  • Quotes Moses positively (Romans 9:15; 10:5, 19; 1 Corinthians 9:9)
  • Baptized into Moses in the cloud (1 Corinthians 10:2)
  • Veil over Moses' face (2 Corinthians 3:7, 13, 15)
  • Jannes and Jambres (Egyptian magicians) opposed Moses (2 Timothy 3:8)

Contrast between Old and New Covenants

  • Contrast of Moses' law vs. grace and truth (John 1:17)
  • Justification from sin by law of Moses limited (Acts 13:39)
  • Moses preached in every city (Acts 15:21)
  • Death reigned from Adam to Moses (Romans 5:14)
  • Moses was faithful, Jesus has greater honor (Hebrews 3:2-5)
  • Tabernacle is copy of what is in heaven (Hebrews 8:5)
  • Moses confirmed covenant with people (Hebrews 9:19)
  • Those who reject Law of Moses die (Hebrews 10:28)

Miscellaneous References

  • With Elijah and Jesus at Transfiguration (Matthew 17:3-4; Mark 9:4-5; Luke 9:30, 33.)
  • Moses at bush heard from the living God (Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37)
  • Moses lifted up snake (John 3:14)
  • Moses gives bread from heaven (John 6:32)
  • Moses led rebels out of Egypt (Hebrews 3:16)
  • Moses didn't mention priests from tribe of Judah (Hebrews 7:14)
  • By faith, Moses (Hebrews 11:24-29)
  • Moses terrified at Mt. Sinai (Hebrews 12:21)
  • Dispute about body of Moses (Jude 1:9)
  • The song of Moses the servant of God and of the Lamb (Rev 15:3)
Moses the Reluctant Leader, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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Moses as the Prophet Prototype of Jesus Christ

  • Jesus gives an exposition of references to himself in Law of Moses (Luke 24:44)
  • Philip's testimony: Moses wrote about Jesus (John 1:45; 5:46)
  • Quotes: God will raise up another prophet (Acts 3:22)
  • Moses predicted Jesus (Acts 26:22)
  • In Rome Paul taught Jesus from Law of Moses (Acts 28:23)


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