Christ in the Old Covenant Scriptures (14)

Which prophet?

“The Lord, your God, will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.” Deuteronomy 18:15, NIV. What made Moses a unique prophet? Moses was sent By God to lead the Israelites out of slavery and into the promised land. God spoke to other prophets, in dreams and visions, but not so with Moses. “‘But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.’” Numbers 12:7, 8, NIV.

Did God raise another prophet like Moses among the Israelite? The book of Deuteronomy concludes: “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, for no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” Deuteronomy 34:10, 12, NIV. To whom did Moses refer when he said, “The Lord will raise a prophet like me”? The Jewish Study Bible, on page 408, states that the Deuteronomy 18:15, above, refers to “a single messianic prophet at the end of time.” The critical phrase in Deuteronomy 18:15 is “listen to him.” Concerning which prophet did God say, “Listen to Him”? Apostle Peter, who was present at the transfiguration, applied the Deuteronomy 18:15 to Jesus. Acts 3:22. The Deacon Stephen indicated that the Deuteronomy 18:15 to refer to Jesus. Acts 7:37, 38.

Apostle Paul applies the Deuteronomy 18:15, to “a single messianic figure” – Jesus Christ, “but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:2, NIV. Jesus, like Moses, would liberate the people from slavery. He freed the humankind from slavery in the kingdom of sin and darkness and led it into the kingdom of light and righteousness. So, Moses commanded the people to listen to a prophet like him. God, concerning Jesus, commanded the apostles who were present at the transfiguration, “Listen to him,” Mathew 17:5; therefore, the prophet like Moses is Jesus Christ.

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Dan Lazich

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