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. I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to my words that he speaks in my name.
There are only a few people in the Bible who are as significant as Moses. He had been called out by God to be His mouthpiece to the people, and though God had proven Himself repeatedly, the people failed to listen. Consequently, God expressed His wrath against the people and explained His intentions to destroy them; and at one point Moses stepped in and interceded for the people, essentially becoming their mouthpiece before God.
Around every turn, Moses was standing in the gap between God and people of Israel; speaking for Him and interceding for them. With such a role as this, one could easily ask the question, Who could be greater than Moses? But Moses, like a “John the Baptist of Old”, tells us there is going to be one coming who is greater than he was.
We have already considered passages that told us how the coming Messiah would be a Priest and a King to His people. Now in this prophecy, we see the final office that the Messiah will fill when He comes, Prophet. When He comes, He is going to speak to the people as the mouthpiece of God; but He will do so in a greater way than Moses or any other prophet did. As the Messiah, God’s word will not merely be revealed to the people by this Prophet’s teachings, but this Prophet will reveal God Himself because He will be the Word Himself.
In the same way that the Messiah will be a Priest and King in exceeding fashion, His prophetic ministry will be that supersedes all other prophets. Consequently, the responsibility to obey this Prophet will be greater. In Moses’ day, we saw the wrath of God displayed numerous times against His people. In the Messiah’s day, we shall see the same, but in greater force. God requires obedience to His truth, and His Messianic Prophet Jesus has delivered it perfectly.
Have we believed and followed after Him?