“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him”
We have seen that humanly Jesus would be a descendant of Eve and of Abraham – the fulfilment of God’s creation and of God’s covenant. Here Moses tells of one to come who would be raised up as a man from amongst His people – and to whom they must listen.
This promise through Moses could have been taken to refer to the succession of prophets through whom God would speak to His people Israel. For
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Hebrews 1:1)
However, when the voice of prophecy was no longer heard in the period between the Old and New Testaments the title ‘The Prophet’ became a recognisable reference to the Messiah who was expected to come. And after Jesus began His ministry the crowds were recorded as saying.
“Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world” (John 6:14)
In Peter’s early sermon in Acts he clearly applies this prophecy to Jesus (Acts 3:22).
On the Mount of Transfiguration God Himself used the same command in relation to Jesus that He had issued through Moses. He said to Peter, James and John, and He says to all of us today, “Listen to Him”
Born of a woman from a line that reached back to Eve the man called Jesus was recognised as the fulfillment of the long list of prophets. And like Moses He knew God “face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34: 10)
How much do I really ‘listen to Him?’
To listen to God is to do what He says.
Heavenly Father, please help me also to live not on bread alone but on every word that comes from Your mouth. Amen. (Matthew 4:4)