'I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.Deuteronomy 18:18(NASB)
When God says something through His prophets, we should take heed of what they say. But when God Himself, restates a truth – multiple times, we should take especial note of what the Lord is saying.
Only a few verse earlier, Moses had informed the second generation of Israelites that the LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me. He will come from among you. He will be one of your countrymen, and you shall listen to Him.
In this later verses, it is the Lord, Himself who speaks.. and says to Moses I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you. I will put My words in His mouth. My Prophet shall speak to them all the things that I command Him to speak.
We understand that this chosen Prophet, about Whom God was speaking, was the Lord Jesus, for He was the Seed of the woman who was to crush the serpent’s head. He was the Seed of Abraham, through Whom all the families of the earth would be blessed.
He was to be God’s King Who would come from the tribe of Judah, and He was to be God’s Priest, after the order of Melchisedec. Jesus was God’s Days-man for whom Job longed, who would come from the nation of Israel. Yes, Jesus was God’s chosen Prophet, in this verse, Who would save His people from their sins – and He was God’s Sacrificial Lamb, Who was slain from the foundation of the world.
This was to be the greatest Prophet of all prophets, Who would represent man to God and God to mankind. We know Him as Jesus, the one true Mediator.. of a new and better covenant.
This future Prophet would be even greater that Moses.. who was the prophet whom all Old Testament prophets would look up to, for centuries to come, for He would be the ultimate Prophet – the image of the invisible God, the Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of of the Most High, Who is in the bosom of the Father.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your written word and for the living Word, Who was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us. Thank You that He spoke words of life and hope to all who would trust on His name. Thank You for Jesus, our mighty Prophet, praying Priest and coming King, Who offered-up Himself as the sacrifice for our sin – so that whosoever believes on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. AMEN
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