Moses is nearing the end of his life and ministry. He has been tasked by God with bringing the people out of Egypt, but not with bringing them into the promised land. That task is for another. In his ministry, Moses had a special place with God. God spoke to him in a special way. Twice the Lord tells us this. The first is found in Exodus.
Exodus 33:11a (NKJV) — 11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.
The second time is when Miriam and Aaron complain that they should be regarded as highly as Moses.
Numbers 12:6–8 (NKJV) — 6 Then He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. 7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. 8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?”
Throughout the Old Testament, we do not see another person that God treated in this way. Not even His great prophets like Elijah. Yet, God did promise another.
Deuteronomy 18:15–19 (NKJV) — 15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ 17 “And the LORD said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.
Joshua followed Moses as the leader of God’s nation. He would have the honor of leading the people into the promised land, but even Joshua was not the prophet promised to come. We find this at the end of Deuteronomy.
Deuteronomy 34:9–12 (NKJV) — 9 Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. 10 But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11 in all the signs and wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, before Pharaoh, before all his servants, and in all his land, 12 and by all that mighty power and all the great terror which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel.
Joshua was full of the spirit, but did not know the Lord face to face like Moses did. He did not do all the signs and wonders like Moses did by the hand of the Lord in Egypt. He did not talk to God face to face as one talks to a friend. Many prophets would follow and would perform some signs and wonders here and there, but none were the promised prophet. It would not be until a birth in a little town named Bethlehem and then followed 30 years later by the anointing the Holy Spirit in the Jordan River near Bethabara that the one would emerge. It would be God the Son himself, Jesus Christ, that would fulfill this prophecy.
God was promising Jesus all along. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the greatest promises in the Bible. Back in Deuteronomy 18:19, God said that Jesus speaks His words in His name and will require an answering from any who do not listen. This is repeated by Jesus.
John 5:22–24 (NKJV) — 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
Hearing Jesus, God the Son, is hearing God the Father. Honoring Jesus is honoring the Father. Even Peter, in Acts 3, recalls this prophecy given in Deuteronomy. He recalls this prophecy in the midst of calling everyone to repentance and to turn to Jesus. That is what hearing Jesus is. It is hearing His call to repentance and acting on that call.
Acts 3:19 (NKJV) — 19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
From Genesis to Revelation, we are called to Hear Jesus and turn to Him. Will you hear him?
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Joshua 5-8
- Day 2 – Joshua 9-11
- Day 3 – Joshua 12-15
- Day 4 – Joshua 16-18
- Day 5 – Joshua 19-21
- Day 6 – Joshua 22-24
- Day 7 – Judges 1-2
In His Service, Scott