Topic: A Prophet Like Moses
[DCLM Daily Manna 4 September 2020 Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Deuteronomy 18:15-22 (KJV)
15 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;
16 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.
17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 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.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.
21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken?
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22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Key Verse: “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 18:18)
Our text reveals the promise of God to give His people a Prophet that will instruct, direct and warn them. This became necessary so as to teach them how to inquire from God and learn His ways. Though God sent other prophets after Moses, none of them fits the description of the promised Prophet. After the ministry of Moses, the Scripture affirms that none of God’s prophets was like him. Thus, this promise can only be applied to Christ, the Messiah.
Moses was faithful to God but Christ “was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house” (Hebrews 3:3). Christ and Moses both have mediatory, prophetic and priestly offices. Other similarities are their peculiar excellence of ministry, as well as variety and magnitude of miracles. They were acknowledged as prophets mighty in deeds and words before God and all the people. They had closeness and familiar communion with God, including great followings as leaders of the people of God. Moses was a divine instrument used by God in giving the Law. Christ gave the new commandments in the gospels and Acts of Apostles on which the Christian Church is founded.
The implication of Christ as the promised Prophet is that He would be the patent Mouthpiece of God as contained in the original promise. Jesus Christ is, therefore, the eternal Word from God. To believe that He is a Prophet is right but to fail to do what He says is bad. Acceptance of and obedience to this great Prophet is obligatory. Therefore, anyone who neglects the offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Prophet and Word of God, is doomed eternally.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Acceptance of, and obedience to Christ is obligatory.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Psalm 85-88