Christ is often used to substantiate the belief that Moses wrote the first five books of the bible – although historically, he is believed to have written only the first four.
“But now, as to whether the dead will be raised– haven’t you ever read about this in the writings of Moses, in the story of the burning bush? Long after Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had died, God said to Moses, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead. You have made a serious error.” (Mar 12:26-27 NLT)
Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luk 24:27 NLT)
If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” (Joh 5:46-47 NLT)
Moses gave you the law, but none of you obeys it! In fact, you are trying to kill me.” (Joh 7:19 NLT)
It is clear that Christ consider the Law as written by Moses as well as at least Exodus.
Why is this important? Because many will assume that Christ vouched for a literal reading of Genesis – of course, we could spend time exploring what authorship and authority meant in those days, but we will not – yet.
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. (Mat 24:37-39 NLT)
Here, it is clear that Christ gives a license to a literal interpretation of the Deluge but even then, He left room for a theological and eschatological understanding.
But, does Christ ever give a literal reading of Genesis 1? What of Mark 10.6?
What exactly does Christ say?
But ‘God made them male and female’ from the beginning of creation. ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:6-9 NLT)
This mimics the language found in Genesis 1.27:
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Gen 1:27 NLT)
As we note, either Christ is speaking literally, in which case, He placed the creation of male and female at the beginning while Moses clearly as this at the end, or He is making a theological point. The beginning of the second creation story, Genesis 2-3 actually has Adam and Eve created first (although everything else was already in existence). Christ takes the point of the male/female creation to expound the theological allegory behind it. Does he affirm a scientifically literal creation account? No. Does He affirm that in the very beginning of creation, God created male and female? Why, yes, yes He does, and then takes that point to push for a theological view of marriage, rather divorce.
I would hope that instead of using Christ to prove our point, we make ourselves ready to be used by Him.