Deuteronomy 34:9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; and the sons of Israel listened to him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
Numbers 13:16 tells us that the name Joshua was given by Moses to Hoshea the son of Nun. This anticipated the naming the Messiah, for in Matthew 1:21 an angel of the Lord instructed the carpenter to name Mary’s child Joshua – the Greek form of which is Jesus.
Thus, Deuteronomy 34:9 foreshadowed Messiah who would be filled with wisdom like no other. Moses “laid his hands on” Messiah through the Law, for the Messiah heeded all the Law of Moses. All the true sons of Israel listened to Jesus; false sons of Israel persecuted Him.
Jesus is the greater Joshua.
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB, unless otherwise noted.