A Prophet like Moses

One of the most amazing things about the Christian faith is the reality that the eternal and holy God of the cosmos chose to condescend to speak to us.

Moses’ significance in redemptive history cannot be overstated, and the shadow of the exodus stretches throughout the entire corpus of Holy Scripture. The exodus was a redemptive event that typified the future redemption secured by Jesus Christ. This means that the primary role of Moses in revelation was to set the stage for Jesus Christ, the One who surpasses and eclipses him.

 

Have you ever met someone famous? In our celebrity-obsessed culture, this can be an exciting experience, particularly if the celebrity speaks to you. After this type of celebrity encounter, people frequently marvel that a celebrity actually condescended to speak to them. In a much greater way, one of the most amazing things about the Christian faith is the reality that the eternal and holy God of the cosmos chose to condescend to speak to us. Shouldn’t we then cultivate a deeper desire to listen to Him?

Throughout redemptive history, God spoke to His people in various ways. The writer to the Hebrews makes this point in the opening verse of his epistle: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets” (Heb. 1:1). While God communicated in various ways in the Old Testament, His preferred means was through His prophets, and among those Old Testament prophets, Moses was the most significant. Moses was God’s chosen mouthpiece and mediator as God orchestrated the deliverance of His people out of bondage in Egypt. Moses’ significance in redemptive history cannot be overstated, and the shadow of the exodus stretches throughout the entire corpus of Holy Scripture. The exodus was a redemptive event that typified the future redemption secured by Jesus Christ. This means that the primary role of Moses in revelation was to set the stage for Jesus Christ, the One who surpasses and eclipses him.

After the exodus from Egypt, Moses spoke to the people of Israel and told them that they should look for another prophet to come who, like him, would redeem God’s people from bondage and captivity. In Deuteronomy 18:15, Moses declares, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.” Notice that Moses not only reveals the coming of this future prophet, but he also commands Israel to listen to him.

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