Two Great Prophets

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Moses prophesied of another prophet who would arise: “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 Deuteronomy 18:15The LORD your God will raise up to you a Prophet from the middle of you, of your brothers, like to me; to him you shall listen;
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That Prophet was to be Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 3:22 Acts 3:22For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up to you of your brothers, like to me; him shall you hear in all things whatever he shall say to you.
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; 7:37).

Moses was the type, or forerunner, of this great Prophet to come. The apostle Paul compared the two prophets, the type and the antitype: “Therefore, holy brethren, who share in the heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession. He was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all his house. Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses as the builder of a house has more honour than the house . . . Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later” (Hebrews 3:1-3 Hebrews 3:1-3 1 Why, holy brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor than the house.
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, 5, Revised English Bible, emphasis added).

Both Jesus and Moses were faithful to their tasks and their callings. They accomplished the work God had for them in their respective ages. As the apostle John put it, “the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17 John 1:17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
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Sweeping back the curtain of history, we can read God’s revelation through both prophets. Christ told us we are to live by every word of God (Matthew 4:4 Matthew 4:4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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; Luke 4:4 Luke 4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
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). Christ said that if we believe Moses we will also believe Him, “but if you do not believe what he wrote, how are you to believe what I say?” (John 5:46-47 John 5:46-47 46 For had you believed Moses, you would have believed me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you believe not his writings, how shall you believe my words?
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