“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” (Deuteronomy 18:15)
All through the Old Testament, we read about prophets who proclaimed God’s Word to the people. Sometimes the Lord revealed to them new information that they should pass on. On many other occasions, the prophets reminded the people of God’s will as it was already widely known; for example, when they turned to idols or when the land was full of social injustice. These prophets warned the people to repent and turn back to the Lord. They were like spiritual leaders — although sadly, the people did not always pay attention to their message.
One of these prophets was Moses. He was God’s spokesman. Initially, God gave His commandments directly to the Israelites, speaking from Mount Sinai. But the people were so afraid that they begged Moses to go up the mountain, hear what the Lord had to say, and then pass it on to them. And so he did.
At the end of his life, Moses told the people that God would raise up “a prophet like me”, to whom they should listen. Isaiah, who was a prophet himself, also spoke about a “servant of the Lord” who would bring good news and proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus says He is this man. He has come to proclaim God’s words to the world.
Do you know what Jesus’ basic message is?