Bible passage: Deuteronomy 18:15-18
Written: As early as 1400 BC
In Deuteronomy 18:15-18, Moses told the Israelites that God would raise up another prophet like Moses.
As pointed out in the book, 100 Prophecies:
After the time of Moses, God raised up a succession of prophets, including Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Jesus. Like Moses, Jesus combined the offices of prophet, priest, leader, and deliverer. None of the other prophets combined all of those functions.
Jesus and Moses share much else in common. Here are some examples:
• Both were delivered from the threat of death as infants. During the time of Moses' birth, the Pharaoh of Egypt commanded that all Hebrew male infants be killed, because he feared that the growing Hebrew population would become a threat to his power (Exodus 1:1-22; Exodus 2:1- 10). During the time of Jesus' infancy, King Herod ordered the death of male infants in Bethlehem, because he feared that one of them (Jesus) would be regarded as king instead of Herod (Matthew 2:1-16).
• Both were born during times when the people of Israel were being oppressed. During Moses' time, the people of Israel were living in Egypt, where they were being oppressed and enslaved (Exodus 1:1-22). During Jesus' time, the people of Israel were oppressed by the Romans, who ruled over a vast empire that included the land of Israel.
• Both were adopted. Moses was adopted into the Pharaoh's household (Exodus 2:1-10). Jesus was adopted by Joseph (Matthew 1:18-24).
• Both performed miracles. One example for Moses can be found in Exodus 14:21, and one example for Jesus is recorded in Matthew 8:23–27.
• Both spent part of their lives in Egypt. Moses was born in Egypt because his forefathers had left Israel during a time of famine to seek refuge in Egypt. Jesus, as an infant, was taken to Egypt for a while because his life was being threatened within the land of Israel, by King Herod.
• Both interceded with God. Moses tried to offer himself as payment for the sins of the Israelites (Exodus 32:30-33). Jesus willingly died for our sins (Romans 5:7-9; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Hebrews 9:15; etc).
Although there are many similarities, there also are important differences. Jesus is fully human and fully God. And Jesus is the mediator between man and God:
5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5, NIV)
- Research and commentary is based on the book 100 Prophecies. © Ray Konig and AboutBibleProphecy.com.
Here is Deuteronomy 18:15-18:
15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."
17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good.
18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.
(New International Version translation)