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. Deuteronomy 18:15-18
Moses foretold that a great coming Prophet would arise from within Israel and be “like” Moses (Deut. 18:15). God commanded the people to listen to this person when He arrived, or He would hold them accountable. There are many parallels between Jesus and Moses. Both were sent by God (Ex. 3:1–10; John 8:42). Both were nearly killed by kings shortly after birth (Ex. 1:22; Matt. 2:16). They were both mediators of covenants (Ex. 19:3–9; John 1:17; Heb. 8:6–7; 9:15). Both were referred to as prophets (Deut. 18:15–18; 34:10; Luke 24:19; John 4:19; 6:14; Acts 3:22; 7:37). Scripture says they both revealed the glory of God (Ex. 34:33–35; John 1:17; 2 Cor. 3:18). And, they both made God’s name known (Ex. 3:13–14; John 17:6, 11–12). However, the writer of Hebrews proclaimed Jesus is better and greater than Moses (Heb. 3:3). Moses was a picture of Jesus in his position as a mediator between God and His people, as a priest, as a prophet who declared God’s will, and as a giver of the Law. Jesus fulfilled, or perfected, the work foreshadowed in Moses. This blog post has been adapted by Barbour Publishing's The KJV Prophecy Study Bible. You can learn more about it here.