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Summary: A Prophet like Moses - Deuteronomy chapter 18 verses 15-19 - sermon by Gordon Curley. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). The Prophecy: Significant References.

• Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 15 & 18.

• Deuteronomy chapter 34 verses 10-12.

• John chapter 1 verses 19-22.

• John chapter 1 verses 43-46.

(2). The Prophecy: Similarities Between Moses & Jesus

• (a). Moses & Jesus were both “fellow Israelites.”

• (b). Moses & Jesus were both ‘Shepherds’

• (c). Moses & Jesus were ‘saviours’ of their people.

• (d). Moses & Jesus fasted for ‘40 days’.

• (e). Moses & Jesus were born at a time when evil kings pronounced death to all Jewish baby boys in the area.

• (f). Moses & Jesus both gave up royal positions to save their people.

• (g). Moses & Jesus both performed miracles.

• (h). Moses & Jesus a few more to check out!.

(3). The Prophecy: Why The Prophet is Not Mohammed

• (a). The prophet is to be an Israelite.

• (b). Moses was spoken to directly by God.

• (c). Moses performed awesome miracles.

SERMON BODY

(1). The Prophecy: Significant References.

• The Jewish people regarded Moses as the greatest prophet of all time.

• All other prophets heard God speaking in dreams and visions,

• But God spoke to Moses face to face (Numbers chapter 12 verses 6-8).

• Therefore no Old Testament prophet is more respected than Moses.

• He was the lawgiver, the emancipator of Israel, and a worker of miracles.

• As mentioned already;

• Moses had the unique privilege of speaking to God:

• “Face to face, as one speaks to a friend” (Exodus chapter 33 verse 11).

• Before he died,

• Moses commanded the Israelites to watch for the coming of another Prophet,

• This Prophet would bear some resemblance to Moses.

• So let’s read a few scriptures,

• That will help us gain an understanding of who this Prophet would be.

Quote: Deuteronomy chapter 18 verse 15 & 18.

“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.”

“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.”

Quote: Deuteronomy 34:10-12.

“Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the LORD sent him to do in Egypt – to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”

Quote: John chapter 1 verses 19-22.

“Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[c] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Messiah.’

21 They asked him, ‘Then who are you? Are you Elijah?’

He said, ‘I am not.’

‘Are you the Prophet?’

He answered, ‘No.’

22 Finally they said, ‘Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, ‘I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, “Make straight the way for the Lord.”’

• I love John the Baptist’s reply;

• He says; “I am the voice but he is the message!”

• John was a prophet but not ‘THE prophet’!

• (Matthew chapter 11 verses 9-11)

Quote: John chapter 1 verses 43-46.

“The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’

46 ‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathanael asked.

‘Come and see,’ said Philip.”

• In John chapter 1 verses 43-46 we find two Jewish men,

• Two friends and possible work colleagues, Philip and Nathaniel,

• Philip has encountered Jesus and is blown away by him;

• So he goes to find and inform his friend Nathaniel that;

• “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law…wrote”?

• Question: Where in Torah did Moses mention the Messiah?

• Answer:

• We know Christ is found in all the scriptures;

• We have types and shadows of Christ again and again and again.

• i.e. Abraham offering up his only son Isaac on the altar (Genesis chapter 22).

• Some books are much clearer in their prophetic references;

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