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Chapter 8: Christ the Lawgiver

"For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; He will save us.”  Isaiah 33:22

We have now to consider Christ in another character, yet not another.  It is one that naturally results from His position as Creator, for the One who creates must certainly have authority to guide and control.  We read in John 5:22, 23 the   words of Christ, that "the Father judges no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son; that all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father."  As Christ is the manifestation of the Father in creation, so is He the manifestation of the Father in giving and executing the law. A few texts of Scripture will suffice to prove this.

In Numbers 21:4-6 we have the partial record of an incident hat took place while the children of Israel were in the wilderness.  Let us read it.  "And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom; and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.  And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no bread, neither is there any water; nor our soul loatheth this light bread.  And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."  The people spoke against God and against Moses, saying, why have ye brought us up into the wilderness?  They found fault with their Leader.  This is why serpents destroyed them.  Now read the words of the apostle Paul concerning this same event:

"Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents."  1 Corinthians 10:9.  What does this prove?  That the Leader against whom they were murmuring was Christ.  This is further proved by the fact that when Moses cast in his lot with Israel, refusing to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, he esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt.  Hebrews 11:26.  Read also 1 Corinthians 10:4, where Paul says that the fathers "did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them; and that Rock was Christ."  So, then, Christ was the Leader of Israel from Egypt.

The third chapter of Hebrews makes clear this same fact.  Here we are told to consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful in all His house, not as a servant, but as a Son over His own house.  Verses 1-6.  Then we are told that we are His house if we hold fast our confidence to the end.