Jesus. It says in Deut. 18:18,
"I will raise them a Prophet from among their brothers, like you
(Moses), and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak to them all that I shallcommand him. And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not listen to my words which heshall speak in my name, I will require it of him." Jesus was the very Word of God, and Hiswords carried the most important message God ever spoke to mankind. Eternal life is inHis words, and failure to listen to them and obey them leads to eternal rejection. It is amatter of life and death that we hear and heed this prophet who spoke, not just to Israel,but to all mankind, and who sent His church into all the world to teach them to obey allthat He has commanded. No other prophet had such a powerful message, and no otherprophet had such a universal message to all people. Jesus was, without a doubt, thegreatest prophet. Isaac Watts wrote,Great Prophet of my God,My tongue would bless Thy Name,By Thee the joyful newsOf our salvation came,The joyful news of sin forgiv’nOf hell subdued, and peace with heav’n.Deuteronomy ends with these interesting verses.
And there has not arisen since inIsrael a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and thewonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh, and to all hisservants, and to all his land, and in all that mighty hand, and in all the great and awesomedeeds which Moses performed in the sight of all Israel." A prophet like Moses had to havemore than words from God. He had to have deeds of miraculous wonder. Jesus fulfilledthis image perfectly as He went about daily doing miraculous deeds as no one else inhistory has ever done. Elijah and Elisha did miracles too, but not on the scale of Jesus. Henot only talked to God face to face as Moses did, but He was the very face of Godconfronting mankind. Never before, and never again has there been a prophet like Jesus inboth word and deed. After He fed the 5000 we read in John 6:14, “After the people saw themiraculous sign that Jesus did, they began to say, ‘surely this is the Prophet who is to comeinto the world.’” He was the second Moses in the eyes of those who saw His wonders. Thosewho heard his wisdom say the same thing in John 7:40, “Surely this man is the Prophet.”No one had ever come to fulfill the prophecy of one like Moses until Jesus, and the peopleknew He was the one. The leaders of Israel should have known as well, for in Rabbinicliterature there is a much repeated principle: “As the first redeemer (Moses), so the finalredeemer (the Messiah).” They should have known He was the final Prophet fulfilling thepromise to Moses.There are a number of ways that Jesus parallels Moses. Both had their lives threatenedas babies and they needed to be rescued from tyrants. Both reflected the glory of God onthe mountain. From the mountain where he talked to God Moses gave the people the lawof God. From the mountain Jesus gave the new law in the Sermon on the Mount. It isinteresting that both of them fasted for 40 days and nights before giving the TenCommandments and the Sermon on the Mount. Exodus 34:28 says, “Moses was there withthe Lord forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wroteon the tablets the words of the covenant-the Ten Commandments.” Moses fed the peoplewith the manna from heaven. Jesus fed the multitude with bread he created by heavenly