September 18

Moses: The Greatest Prophet Of All Time?

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Is Moses the greatest prophet or does someone else hold that honour?

I believe Moses is the greatest prophet of the Hebrew Bible. Not just for what he did, but because he’s a signpost to one who is greater still.

Moses the greatest prophet

Moses: The Greatest Prophet?

As I mentioned previously, I spent some time over the summer reading through Exodus.

God spoke to me about Sabbath rest, but he also reminded me of Jesus’ discussion with the 2 men on the road to Emmaus:

And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (Luke 24:27)

Whenever God speaks, it’s always worthwhile meditating upon his words. So I asked him what he wanted to teach me through this scripture. And he showed me 3 things:

1. Moses Is A Prophet

As far as I’m aware, Moses was never called a prophet in his lifetime but has been revered as one, ever since.

As Luke writes his gospel, it’s as though he’s saying that Jesus began “with Moses and all the other prophets”. In other words, he counts Moses as one of their number.

2. Moses Brought The Law

Moses’ denounced the sin of his people and explained God’s law.

The law is the foundation of understanding God and proves that we can never measure up to his standard.

3. Moses Was A "Type" Of Jesus

What God did through his servant Moses made him a type of Jesus, a living embodiment of the Messiah.

Moses predicted that Jesus would come: “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)

But Moses’ actions and the miracles God performed through him speak of Jesus more clearly than his words.

For example:

  • He erected a staff with a snake on it to heal people from snake bites (Numbers 21:9). Jesus took this to himself in conversation with Nicodemus: "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up". In doing so, he foreshadowed his own death on the cross.
  • Jesus feeding the 5000 in the wilderness echoes Moses’ feeding the Israelites with manna in the desert.
  • Moses instituted the Tabernacle, the forerunner of the Jerusalem Temple.

I don’t have space to do it justice here, but the Tabernacle is incredibly important in God’s eyes. The scriptures describing its creation are extremely detailed for a reason! They offer a blueprint for the life of a believer and a demonstration of how to approach God in worship.

Who Is The Greatest Prophet Of All Time?

I don’t think Moses is the greatest prophet of all time, although he was certainly the greatest prophet of his day.

Today, Christians acknowledge Jesus as the greatest prophet.

Jesus said that John the Baptist is the greatest, but that “whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”

I don’t know about you, but I find that humbling!

That he would liken his followers to the prophets is amazing. But it also reminds me that the life of a prophet always points to someone else.

“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.” - Moses, Deuteronomy 18:15

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Moses’ life points to the Messiah and that’s the pattern for our lives too.

If we want to become true prophets of Jesus, we must say along with John the Baptist, “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30).

Your Turn

What do you think about what I’ve shared today?

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