Begin reading the Torah, the first five books of the Bible, and it’s obvious. God is the main character. Who’s second? Moses. He’s the priest and prophet God uses to lead the Jews out of slavery, unleash the Ten Plagues on Egypt, march the Israelites through the Red Sea, guide them for forty years in the wilderness, and then, before he died, write down the founding covenant documents for his people.
In Deuteronomy, his last book, Moses made an important prophecy. In the future God was going to send another prophet like him, and his people must listen to him. Here’s the prophecy:
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers. You should listen to him.” Deuteronomy 18:15
This is the prophecy Peter used as he began to close his second address in Acts to a Jewish crowd in the Temple. He drives home his belief that Jesus was this new Moses, the One who would fulfill the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12. God did send a Jew who did bring the Abrahamic blessing to all people.
Here’s the Apostle Peter’s close:
“Certainly, Moses said, ‘Your God will raise up from you, from your brothers, a prophet like me. You will listen to all that he speaks to you. And every individual who does not listen to that prophet will be cut off from his people. Now all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed, also declared these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant God decreed to your fathers saying to Abraham, ‘In your seed all the families on earth will be blessed.’ It’s for you first. God raised his Son from the dead and sent him to bless you by turning each of you away from your wickedness.’” Acts 3:22-26
Name another Jew in history who has blessed the people of the world as much as Yeshua ben David, Jesus the Son of David.
LORD, generate open, honest interaction that wrestles with the prophecy Moses made about another “Moses.” Move all of us to face the internal wickedness that blocks our understanding about Jesus and His unique ability to forgive our wickedness. Open hearts to the blessings Jesus, the new Moses, wants to give.
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