What Does Deuteronomy 18:18 Mean?

'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)

Verse Thoughts

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: "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."

This Prophet 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 Melchizedek.

This future Prophet would be even greater that Moses; all Old Testament prophets would look up to this Prophet for centuries to come; 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.

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.

Jesus was God’s Days-man for Whom Job longed, Who would come from the nation of Israel. Jesus 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.

Yes, this verse was speaking about Jesus, God’s chosen Prophet Who would save His people from their sins – and He was God’s Sacrificial Lamb Who was slain from the foundation of the world.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your written Word and for the living Word Who was made flesh, dwelt amongst us, and spoke words of life and hope to all who would trust on His name. His name is Jesus, our mighty Prophet, praying Priest, and coming King. Thank You that He offered up Himself as the sacrifice for our sin, and that whosoever believes on Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. In His name I pray, AMEN.

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