ALMOST 1,400 YEARS before Jesus came in the flesh, Moses told the Israelites:
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear” (Deuteronomy 18:15; emphasis mine—mb).
Centuries later, after the Lord fed the five thousand with loaves and fish, the people realized the fulfillment of this ancient prophecy. “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly THE PROPHET who is to come into the world’” (John 6:14).
The apostle Peter later confirmed this when he preached at Solomon’s porch, “For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you A PROPHET like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall be that every soul who will not hear THAT PROPHET shall be utterly destroyed from among the people’” (Acts 3:22-23). The martyr, Stephen, also declared this truth (cf. Acts 7:37-38).
But how was Jesus a prophet like Moses? Study the following passages and note the striking parallels:
1. Both were sent from God. Exodus 3:1ff; John 8:42
2. Both were born under foreign rule. Exodus 1:8-14; Luke 2:1
3. Both, as infants, were threatened by wicked monarchs. Exodus 1:15-16; Matthew 2:16
4. Both spent their early years in Egypt and were miraculously protected from harm. Exodus 2:10; Matthew 2:14-15
5. Both rejected the offer and opportunity to become world rulers. Hebrews 11:24; Matthew 4:8-9
6. Both were initially rejected by their peers. Exodus 32:1; Isaiah 53:3; Matthew 27:21-22; John 1:11
7. Both suffered disrespect. Numbers 16; John 12:37; Mark 6:4
8. Both had family who let them down. Numbers 12:1; John 7:5
9. Both were teachers. Deuteronomy 4:1-5; Matthew 22:16; John 3:2
10. Both were prophets and spoke on behalf of God. Exodus 4:15; John 8:26
11. Both knew God on an intimate level. Exodus 33:11; Deuteronomy 34:10; John 1:18
12. Both spoke directly to God. Exodus 3:1-10; Deuteronomy 34:10; Luke 9:34-36
13. Both gave the people bread from heaven. Exodus 16:14-15; John 6
14. Both performed miracles. Exodus 4:1ff; Deuteronomy 34:10-12; John 5:36
15. Both were deliverers—Moses delivered Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh; Jesus delivered spiritual Israel, the church, from the bondage of Satan.
16. Both were shepherds. Exodus 3:1; John 10:10-11; Matthew 9:36
17. Both were baptized. 1 Corinthians 10:1-2; Matthew 3:13-17
17. Both fasted forty days in the wilderness. Exodus 34:28; Matthew 4:2
18. Both were mediators. Deuteronomy 4:5; Exodus 32; Hebrews 8:6; 1 Timothy 2:5
19. Both of their faces shone with the glory of heaven. Exodus 34:34-35; Matthew 17:12
20. As Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness to heal the people, so Jesus was lifted up on the cross to heal obedient believers from their sins. Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14; 12:32
21. As Moses sent out twelve spies to explore Canaan, Jesus sent out twelve apostles to reach the world. Numbers 13; Matthew 10:1
Even though there are many other similarities which the two share in common, God made it clear whom we are to follow and obey: While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him” (Matthew 17:5).