Acts 3:22-23
Moses said, 'Adonai will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.'

After warning the people about false prophets, Moses tells Israel that they shouldn't try to get any prophetic messages from the spirit world through any sort of divination (Deuteronomy 13; 18:10-14).

The patriarch then teaches the congregation of Adonai in the desert who they should go to for advice. He says that they should establish petite courts in every city and one higher court in Jerusalem for more difficult cases. The higher court carries the authority of life and death (Deuteronomy 17:8-13).

Moses also says that they could have a king, but that he must be from their own midst and not a foreigner. This king has to write a Torah for himself to hold him accountable for every Word. The king of Israel is to be a Torah scholar (Deuteronomy 17:14-20).

Then Moses reminds the people of the day when their fathers asked for a mediator between them and the majestic power on the Mount Horeb, something God agreed with. The patriarch tells them that God will give them a mediator in the form of a prophet; they are commanded to obey that prophet. This prophet is described by Moses as being, like unto him. Let's talk about that (Deuteronomy 18: 16-19).

Moses is the one that God chose to lead the people into the truth of His Words. Disobedience and defiance to Him was fatal. If this prophet is to be like Moses, He also brings God's Words to people and defiance to him should be fatal. Moses spoke to God as a man speaks with his friend, face to face. The same should be of this prophet.

John the Immerser, the Sadducees, Peter, and Stephen all spoke of Moses' 'prophet prophecy' as referring to the coming Messiah ( John 1:21-25; Acts 3:22; 7:37). This shows that people gave a messianic interpretation to the patriarchs' words. So when Moses says that we should listen (hear with the intention to obey) to that prophet, Moses gives us the commandment to listen to Yeshua. It is therefore a Torah command to be disciples of Yeshua as a divine authority, and since He is prophet 'like  Moses', we should include His Words as Words of Torah.

May we remember these things as we read the Words of the Master. He is the 'Prophet' as unto Moses; the Words of His mouth have the same validity as the Words of Torah. He Himself said, 'heaven and earth shall pass away, but My Words will never pass away'. 

 


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08/25/2012 08:07

Exodus 14:13
And Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord יְשׁוּעַ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה, which He will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

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