“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken; according to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.’ And the LORD said unto me, ‘They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him.'” Deuteronomy 18:15-19
Jesus, a prophet? Yes! But so much more than just a prophet. He is the Prophet of whom Moses spoke. Deuteronomy 34:10 tells us that when Moses had “died” (no man knowing his burial place) that “…There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.” No one after Moses except for Jesus could have laid claim to speaking with God “face to face”.
Jesus was like Moses in several ways
- He was spared death as a baby (Exodus 2; Matthew 2:13-23);
- He renounced a royal court (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 11:24-27);
- He had compassion on His people (Numbers 27:17; Matthew 9:36);
- He made intercession for the people (Deuteronomy 9:18; Hebrews 7:25);
- He spoke with God face to face (Exodus 34:29-30; 2 Corinthians 3:7);
- He was the mediator of a covenant (Deuteronomy 29:1; Hebrews 8:6-7). These are from the MACARTHUR STUDY BIBLE notes for Deuteronomy 18:15-19.
Jesus a prophet? Definitely. So much more than a prophet; the Prophet, the Lord, The Saviour, the Redeemer of mankind. The Mediator of a Greater Covenant – The Gospel of grace.