15 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;Deuteronomy 18:15
In today’s text Moses foretells of a prophetic ministry that will happen among the people of Israel. God had used Moses to speak on behalf of himself to the people. In Exodus 20:18-20, right after the people had received the 10 commandments from God through Moses they said:
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. 19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.
21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.Exodus 20:18-21
Moses had been a prophet, speaking on behalf of God to the people, and a mediator, going to God on behalf of the people.
In many ways, Moses was like Jesus Christ. In fact, many believe that because of the singular use of the word “Prophet” in this verse describes the coming prophetic ministry of Jesus. We know this is an accurate interpretation because of what Peter, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said when he quoted this verse:
20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.Acts 3:20-23
As we read the rest of this weeks text in the next few days, we will see that God was foretelling his use of prophets succeeding Moses to help lead his people, but He also was prophesying of the coming Jesus who would reveal God to His people, and would mediate a new covenant to men.
It’s an amazing hting to think that we can think God’s thoughts after Him as we read scripture. He has revealed God to us in such a practical and incredible way. We can see the revelation of God in the person of Jesus Christ who is the living Word, and ever lives to make intercession for us! We can hear from Him through His Word, and we can go to God as He intercedes for us!
- If God has spoken to us through His Word, then He expects us to know what it says, and to obey it! Where do you need to be obedient today?
- Is there something between you and God? Today, go to God, knowing that Christ will intercede on your behalf. He is faithful and just to forgive us from our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness