Typology Gone Wrong

Question: Give one example of something that is sometimes claimed to be a type, but you don’t believe is a type. Support your argument.
My Answer: I have read online places and heard that people actually believe that Israel in a battle with the Amalekites, Exodus 17:11 states that “[a]s long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.” I have heard people go on to say that this can be interpreted that when Moses’ raised his hands, he as well was a type of Christ to whom raised hands upon the Cross, for when Jesus’ hands were raised as He died, a figurative battle with sin was waged, the end result being victory – that “all will be made alive.” (1 Cor. 15:22) However, there are lines and maybe looking to far in depth. Original writer to original reader is always our first importance of the text, then looking at how the New Testament sees this as well helps. However I find this hard when it is not mentioned throughout the NT, and think it is one typology-gone way to far.


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