“The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, LIKE UNTO ME; unto him ye shall hearken” – Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15)
Every Christian that I know says that this verse is a prophecy from Moses about Jesus. And indeed it is. However, most Christians that I know do not put much thought into this verse.
The scriptures are clear: When it comes to salvation, the Jews are PRIORITY. The Jew first, then the Gentile. Jews are very close to God’s heart, and God desires that Jews come to the knowledge of the truth – come to salvation.
But if you speak to the Jews about Jesus, you may not get a favorable response. The problem lies with the “Church”. The Jewish people have come to equate the name of Jesus with persecution, death, and anti-Semitism. This should never be. Sadly, the church is to blame.
The Jews see Moses and Jesus as two completely opposing forces. The Jews align themselves with Moses. The Christians align themselves with Jesus. And, in the Jewish mind, Moses and Jesus are completely unlike each other.
But why do they see it this way?
It’s because of the false teachings, and faulty doctrines of the Church in general. And these false doctrines have been the foundation that led the church to commit atrocities in the name of Jesus.
In the first century, Judaism and Christianity were THE SAME! No Jew renounced Judaism to convert to Christianity. When non-Jews come to faith in Jesus, the first century church wondered if it were even possible! They didn’t know what to do with non-Jews. After all, they viewed Jesus, and His disciples as Jewish people, based on Jewish faith.
Now today the opposite is true. When Jews get saved, non-Jewish believers wonder what to do with them.
But let’s not forget, in the first century, when things were white-hot with spiritual power, no Jew had to come out of Judaism to be a Christian. The opposite was true. True Judaism and Christianity were one and the same. True Judaism had a Messiah. And that Messiah was Yeshua (Jesus). So then, Yeshua completed Judaism. Jesus completed, NOT OPPOSED Judaism.
Moses made it clear: the coming Messiah was LIKE him, not opposed to him. The coming prophet (referring to Jesus) is to be like Moses. Yet today, Christians preach Moses as a man of wrath, law, and condemnation. And they preach Jesus as a man of grace, mercy, and forgiveness. This is simply as fallacy. Moses’ faith came from the pre-incarnate Jesus.
Remember, Jesus did not begin to exist on that first “Christmas” eve. The scriptures say that the worlds were formed by Jesus. Jesus was there at creation. He walked and talked with Adam. In John 8, Jesus made it very clear that Abraham saw Him. Jesus was the subject of Abraham’s faith.
Jesus was also there in Moses’ day. Moses knew Jesus very, very well. Consider this: When Jesus was transfigured on the mount, and Moses appeared with Him, Moses didn’t say, “Hey! Nice to meet you! You are the Messiah!”
No! Moses talking with Jesus was nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, Moses spoke with Yeshua from the days when He first met Him at the burning bush.
Moses drew all his “power” from Yeshua, the Messiah.
Moses came down from the mountain, smashed the tablets, and then went back to get another set. He did this knowing that God came down, smashed Jesus on the cross, then went back and resurrected Messiah 3 days later.
Moses hit the rock and the water flowed because He knew that the Rock, Yeshua, would be struck, from which the Holy Spirit proceeded.
Moses raised up the bronze serpent on the pole – so that whoever looked would live – because he saw visions of the coming crucifixion of Messiah, who became sin for us – to whom we look and live.
Moses knew Yeshua, the Messiah in very profound ways.
Jesus and Moses are ALIKE. They are two birds of a feather. They flock together.