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;
“In contrast with the dark magic of Canaanite diviners, witches, and spiritists, Israelites were to listen to the Lord’s prophet. Each prophet God would raise up would be an Israelite, and because the true prophet would only speak the words of the Lord, the people were obligated to obey those words.
The ultimate Prophet like Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15, 18) is Jesus Christ—the One who spoke God’s words and who provides deliverance for His people. Not even Joshua could be compared to Moses, for since Moses “no prophet has risen in Israel like” him with such power before men and intimacy with God. However, distinguished a future prophet’s role might be in Israel, none would be like Moses until the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ, came.
Moses set the standard for every future prophet. Each prophet was to do his best to live up to the example of Moses until the One came who would introduce the New Covenant. During the first century a.d. the official leaders of Judaism were still looking for the fulfillment of Moses’ prediction (cf. John 1:21). Peter said their search should have stopped with the Lord Jesus.” Acts 3:20-23,
“And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.”
Since Jesus is that prophet, wouldn’t it be a really good thing to listen to and obey Him? Jesus said, “blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Are we listening to Jesus today? Yes or no will do. Amen.