Who does not know the exalted stature of the man Moses? Yet, he prophesied of another prophet coming who would be like Moses,
“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ And the Lord said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him” (Deuteronomy 18.15–19).
Notice several characteristics of the Prophet who would come into the world:
- The Prophet would be like Moses.
- This fulfilled Israel’s request that they not see or hear God again.
- The Prophet would speak God’s word.
- God will hold the disobedient accountable.
Jesus fit this prophecy perfectly,
“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5.45–47).
Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world” (John 6.14).
Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8.28–29).
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak” (John 12.48–50).
- Sermon: The Law of God, Deu 5 – 26 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Sermon: Why God Does Not Show Himself, Deuteronomy 5 (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- The Book of ‘The Words’ (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
- Sermon: The Book of ‘The Words’ (grantspasschurchofchrist.com)
- Messianic Prophecy Number 31: Deu 1.38; 3.21, 28; 31.3, 7 – Joshua a Type of the Messiah (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)