that Jesus is the prophet
In one of
Moses’ final speeches,
he gave this
"The Lord your God will raise up for you
a prophet like me from among you,
from your fellow Israelites.
You must listen to him”
The prophet whom Moses foretells bears these qualities:
He will be raised up by God,
He will come from among the Israelites,
He will be like Moses,
and He will be
worthy of being heard and obeyed.
The prophet who fulfills these words
On the banks of the Jordan River, the Jews questioned
John the Baptist
about who he was and why he was baptizing.
“Are you the Prophet?”
shows that they were looking for the fulfillment of Moses’ prophecy. John plainly informed them that he was not the Prophet but pointed them to the One who was: “
Among you stands one you do not know.
He is the one who comes after me,
the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie” (verses 26–27).
John’s description of the Messiah as one “among you” recalls
that God would raise up the
“from among you”
in Deuteronomy 18:15.
The very next day,
the One they were waiting for
In his sermon at the temple,
that Jesus is the prophet
(Acts 3:22, quoting Deuteronomy 18:15). Stephen, addressing the Sanhedrin in Acts 7:37, also quotes
Moses and applies the prophecy to
Jesus is like Moses in several ways.
Moses was both
a prophet and a lawgiver, and
Jesus is, too.
Jesus was widely recognized as a
spoke the Word of God
and He gave commandments for His followers to obey
(John 13:34; 15:12, 17; Galatians 6:2).
Both Moses and Jesus mediated a covenant between
God and men—Moses the
Old Covenant (Exodus 34:27; Acts 7:44),
Jesus the New
(Luke 22:20; Hebrews 9:15).
Both Moses and Jesus were born during perilous times,
and both narrowly escaped a king bent on murdering babies
(Exodus 1:22 and Matthew 2:16–18).
Both Moses and Jesus had a connection to Egypt
(Exodus 2:1–4 and Matthew 2:13–14).
Moses was the (adopted) son of a king (Exodus 2:10), and
Jesus is the Son of the Most High
Moses spent forty years
and Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11, 14).
Both Moses and Jesus were known for their meekness
(Numbers 12:3 and Matthew 11:29).
Moses and Jesus were alike in that they both led God’s people out of captivity.
With great power, Moses led the Israelites out of
physical bondage and slavery in Egypt,
and Jesus, with even greater power,
led God’s elect out of spiritual bondage and slavery to sin.
Moses stood before Pharaoh and said,
“'Let my people go”
Jesus came “to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and . . .
to set the oppressed free” (Luke 4:18).
“In Christ Jesus
the law of the Spirit of
life has set you free
from the law of sin and death”
Moses was also like Jesus
in that he performed miracles--
not all prophets did.
Several of the miracles of Moses bear a
resemblance to Jesus’ miracles,
most notably the provision of
bread in the wilderness
which is comparable to Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 (John 6:1–13).
In fact, after Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes, the
people’s thoughts ran immediately to
“After the people saw the sign Jesus performed,
they began to say,
‘Surely this is the Prophet who is to come
into the world’”
Another way that Moses was like Jesus is that he
held intimate conversations with God:
“The LORD would
speak to Moses face to face,
as one speaks to a friend”
Jesus also had a special relationship to God:
“No one knows the Son
except the Father, and no one knows the
Father except the Son”
“The Father knows me and I know the Father”
When Moses stood in God’s presence,
his face shone with a heavenly glory and had to be
covered with a veil
(Exodus 34:29–35), and this
reminds us of Jesus’ transfiguration, when
“His face shone like the sun”
Another important way that Moses was like Jesus is that he constantly interceded for his people.
When the Israelites sinned, Moses was always standing by, ready to petition God on their behalf and plead for their
After the blatant idolatry at the foot of Mt. Sinai involving the
golden calf, Moses interceded twice for the people
(Exodus 32:11–13, 30–32),
and his intercession was needed at other times, too
(e.g., Numbers 11:2; 12:13; 21:7).
Moses’ intercession was temporary, but our
Lord’s is everlasting.
“If anybody does sin, we have an
advocate with the
Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One”
(1 John 2:1).
Jesus is right now “at the
hand of God and is also interceding for us”
Jesus “always lives to intercede” for us (Hebrews 7:25).
Not only was Moses an intercessor for God’s people but, like Jesus,
he was willing to die for them. In Exodus 32:32,
Moses offers his life in exchange for sinners.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down
one’s life for one’s friends,”
Jesus said (John 15:13), and
Jesus proved His love when He “laid down his life for us”
(1 John 3:16; cf. John 10:15).