40 Days - Day 4
40 Days to Jerusalem
The New Exodus Begins ‚Äì Day 4
A New Moses is Coming
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.(Deuteronomy 18:15)
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. (Deuteronomy 18:18)
With God‚Äôs direction and empowerment, Moses accomplished some amazing things! His faithfulness to return to Egypt and lead the twelve tribes of Israel out of bondage was no small feat! In fact, to this very day, the Hebrew people hold the Passover and Exodus to be the defining events in their relationship with God as His chosen people. Moses, despite the grumbling and complaining during the Exodus, is embraced as a great prophet and hero of the Old Covenant faith.
In the centuries subsequent to the Exodus, the Children of Israel struggled to remain faithful. They were defeated and dispersed. Once again, they found themselves in a foreign land longing for a deliverer! God‚Äôs people cried out for the promised Messiah who might restore them. If you were asked, ‚ÄúWhat were the Hebrew people looking for in the Messiah,‚Äù how would you answer? Over the years, I have been taught that the Children of Israel were looking for a military leader ‚Äì a new King David ‚Äì who would defeat Rome and all of Israel‚Äôs enemies so that the glory days of the past might be restored. There is certainly truth in this as it relates to the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (1 Kings 9:5). The Zealots, in particular, would resonate with this nationalistic fervor. But there is an often overlooked prophecy that informed the people in their anticipation of the Promised Messiah. The people were looking for a new King David, but, they were also looking for a New Moses.
Where do we find this prophecy concerning a New Moses? Deuteronomy 18:15-18 is the origin of this expectation that the Messiah would be a New Moses. Beginning in verse 15, Moses says,
15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‚ÄúLet us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.‚Äù 17 The LORD said to me: ‚ÄúWhat they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.
In this passage, Moses declares that God will raise up a ‚Äúprophet like me,‚Äù and that the Israelites should, ‚Äúlisten to him.‚Äù That sounds very familiar! Just who is this prophet ‚Äì this New Moses? Are there indications in the Scriptures as to who fulfills this prophecy? Our meditation tomorrow will answer this question with compelling Scriptural evidence. We will see that there are amazing and unmistakable typological fulfillments that connect Moses and Jesus. For Jesus is the New Moses who will lead a New Exodus! Prayer for Today
Praise the Lord for His providential plan to redeem mankind ‚Äì including us
Thank the Lord that His plans are greater than our plans
Ask the Lord to teach you to conform to His image rather than demanding that God conform to your image
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the sins of this day
Repent and confess your sins to the Lord
Give thanks for the promise of forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
Ask the Lord to bless your day with reminders that His ways, not our ways, are to be followed.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 ‚ÄúFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,‚Äù declares the Lord. 9 ‚ÄúAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:6-9)