The most beautiful thing to me about reading the Old Testament is seeing Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment God’s covenant with his people Israel. This morning as I read Numbers 11, this couldn’t have been more clear.
The people of Israel are complaining that they do not have any meat to eat. They want to go back to Egypt again. It’s so bad, they are weeping. So Moses turns to the LORD and says,
“Why have you dealt ill with your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people on me? Did I conceive all this people? Did I give them birth, that you should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom, as a nurse carries a nursing child,’ to the land that you swore to give their fathers?”
Moses, in his own way, complains to God that he is prophet over these people. Moses thinks he is a victim. But Jesus, the Greater Moses, joyfully welcomed this “burden” of loving God’s people.
In Luke 13:34, Jesus cried out, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” And in Matthew 11:28-29, he said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus says, “I will carry you like a nurse carries a nursing child. I will love you, even when you are unlovable. I will care for you. I will have compassion on you. I will give you mercy.” He has done perfectly what Moses could not do — and at times did not want to do. O what a Savior he is!