Jesus and the Prophet Like Moses

 For if you had believed Moses, you would believe me, for that one wrote about me. But if you do not believe that one’s writings, how will you believe my words?”

John 5:46–47 (LEB)

Is Jesus the antithesis of Moses? That is what we are lead to believe. After all, Moses was all about mean laws of God no one could keep and Jesus is the one who supposedly released us from these “bad laws” as some like to call the holy words of our Creator. In modern theology, Jesus is pitted against Moses. Is this the way to view scripture? Absolutely not.

Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (LEB)

15 “Yahweh your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst, from your countrymen, and to him you shall listen. 16 This is according to all that you asked from Yahweh your God at Horeb, on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘I do not want again to hear the voice of Yahweh my God, and I do not want to see again this great fire, so that I may not die!’ 17 And Yahweh said to me, ‘They are right in what they have said. 18 I will raise up a prophet for them from among their countrymen like you, and I will place my words into his mouth, and he shall speak to them everything that I command him. 19And then the man that will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I will hold accountable.

Is Moses talking about Jesus, or in Hebrew, Yeshua, in these verses? In the context of these verses, Yahuah spoke from the mountain in an audible voice with thunder and lighting and everyone thought they would die if it went on this way. ” And Yahweh said to me, ‘They are right in what they have said.” Yahuah promises to raise a “prophet like Moses” and place His words in his mouth. Do you suppose these are going to be different words then he spoke to Moses? Did you know these verses were in Deuteronomy and speaking of the Savior? I am not alone in this idea that this is specifically taking about Yeshua. Peter links these verses to the Messiah.

Acts 3:17–24 (LEB)

17 And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God foretold through the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he has fulfilled in this way. 19 Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be blotted out, 20 so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and he may send the Christ appointed for you—Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of the restoration of all things, about which God spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from earliest times. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You will listen to him in everything that he says to you. 23 And it will be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet will be destroyed utterly from the people.’ 24 And indeed, all the prophets from Samuel and all those who followed him have spoken about and proclaimed these days.

Stephen makes the same connection a little later.

Acts 7:36–40 (LEB)

36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 “This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and who with our fathers received living oracles to give to us, 39 to whom our fathers were not willing to become obedient, but rejected him and turned back in their hearts to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make us gods who will go on before us! For this Moses, who led us out from the land of Egypt—we do not know what has happened to him!’

Acts 7:51–53 (LEB)

51 “You stiff-necked people and uncircumcised in hearts and in your ears! You constantly resist the Holy Spirit! As your fathers did, so also do you! 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand about the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become, 53 you who received the law by directions of angels and have not observed it!”

Stephen accused them of killing the Righteous One, and receiving the law by directions of angels yet not observing it. Did Yeshua come like Moses with the words of His Father in his mouth, or did he have a different message altogether? How can someone be like Moses, and at the same time have something completely different to say? Especially if the information was coming from the same source, Yahuah?

John 12:44–50 (LEB)

44 But Jesus cried out and said, “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, in order that everyone who believes in me will not remain in the darkness. 47 And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I will not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 The one who rejects me and does not accept my words has one who judges him; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken from myself, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. So the things that I say, just as the Father said to me, thus I say.”

Yeshua said He has the same message as the Father, who started out by talking to the people directly from the mountain. The people could not bare God’s presence so they told Moses to go up and find out what He says. Yahuah told Moses He would send someone like him to speak the words directly to the people, Yeshua. Does anyone think now that the words of the Father would be different through Yeshua, then they were through Moses?

Luke 16:27–31 (LEB)

27 So he said, ‘Then I ask you, father, that you send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, so that he could warn them, in order that they also should not come to this place of torment!’ 29 But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they must listen to them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent!’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone rises from the dead“. In this parable, Yeshua was telling his audience that if they don’t listen to Moses, they wouldn’t listen to Him. It is true because the religious leaders of the day had doctrines in opposition to Moses, and they did not listen.

John 7:16–19 (LEB)

16 So Jesus answered them and said, “My teaching is not mine, but is from the one who sent me. 17 If anyone wants to do his will, he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or I am speaking from myself. 18 The one who speaks from himself seeks his own glory. But the one who seeks the glory of the one who sent him—this one is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him. 19 Has not Moses given you the law, and none of you carries out the law? Why do you seek to kill me?”

Yeshua said, “If he called them ‘gods’ to whom the word of God came—and the scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say about he whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? ” He was speaking about Moses and Aaron and verifies the word of God came through them.

John 10:31–38 (LEB)

31 Then the Jews picked up stones again so that they could stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good deeds from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “We are not going to stone you concerning a good deed, but concerning blasphemy, and because you, although you’re a man, make yourself to be God!” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? 35 If he called them ‘gods’ to whom the word of God came—and the scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say about he whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not do the deeds of my Father, do not believe me. 38 But if I am doing them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, so that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.”

Here are the verses that Yeshua was quoting:

Exodus 7:1–2 (LEB)

7 And Yahweh said to Moses, “See, I have made you as a god to Pharaoh, and Aaron your brother will be your prophet. You will speak all that I will command you, and Aaron your brother will speak to Pharaoh, and he will release the Israelites from his land.

Another time, Yeshua claims one cannot believe him if they do not believe Moses. The Greek word meaning for believe is “having faith” or “trust”.

John 5:44–47 (LEB)

44 How are you able to believe, if you accept glory from one another, and do not seek the glory which is from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father! The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have put your hope! 46 For if you had believed Moses, you would believe me, for that one wrote about me. 47 But if you do not believe that one’s writings, how will you believe my words?”

When I read these verses about the people putting their hope in Moses, then Yeshua scolding them by saying, “For if you had believed Moses, you would believe me, for that one wrote about me“, He is pointing out that they are living in the past. They may honor Moses with their lips and speak of the great things that happened, putting their trust in them, but Moses spoke all about the future. Moses told the people how they would break the covenant with God, get scattered and forget their identity, but God would send someone like him in the future to make a way to bring them back from disobedience. Yeshua is saying now is that time! Repent and believe. Just like many people in the time of Yeshua did not believe, many do not believe now. They have a make-believe Jesus that conforms to their lawless belief system.

Matthew 24:3–5 (LEB)

And as he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came up to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “Watch out that no one deceives you! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will deceive many.

Many come in the name of Jesus, fulfilling this prophecy today. They make up an unique Jesus for their particular denomination. The similarities with all of these fake messiahs are that they all oppose Moses. The real Messiah, Yeshua, says. “But if you do not believe that one’s writings, how will you believe my words?”. Do not be deceived with your silly, meaningless traditions. Repent and believe the gospel!

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