Moses was unique among the prophets. He was much more than a prophet. He served in the civil sphere as both a king and a judge. He served in the ecclesiastical role as a priest before there was a priesthood. In fact, after Aaron became priest, Moses continued to intercede on his behalf. But more than all of this, he was the mediator of the Old Covenant having received it by divine dictation in face to face exchange with YHWH. No one person had as much absolute and comprehensive authority in his life time as Moses did. This uniqueness of Moses is important to understand as we consider the following verses taken from the OSA Bible reading for today.
"¶ 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;
16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him." Deuteronomy18:15-19
When saints in New testament times read these verses they did not think they applied to Joshua or Samuel, or Elijah or any of the other prophets. They read these words as yet to be fulfilled in the Messiah that was to come. Peter uses this passage as a proof text when speaking to the Israelites of his day in Acts 3:22. "For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 24 Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold of these days"
So does Jesus fit the bill? Does Jesus fulfill the roles of prophet, priest, King, Judge, deliverer and covenant mediator? Yes he does.
As Prophet, Jesus came and reproved the disobedient. He restored proper understanding of the law to a wayward people. He shows us our sins so that we might understand our need for repentance and forgiveness.
As Priest, he entered into the heavenly sanctuary to pay for the sins of his people once and for all. He lives forever to make intercession for us. He is the one and only mediator between God and men.
As our King, he has all authority in heaven and earth. (Matthew 28:18) He sits enthroned in the heavens ruling the nations by divine decree. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
As Judge, we must all appear before him. Every human being must give an account to God. We will either face him in our unrighteous condition, or in the righteousness provided for us by his death on the cross.
With a dead tree in his hand Moses faced the wrath of Pharaoh and delivered the children of Israel out of slavery in the Land of Egypt. How much greater is the deliverance obtained by Jesus our Messiah? With a dead tree He appeased the wrath of God by dying in our place. He rose from the dead so that we could pass over, not from Egypt to Canaan, but from death unto Life.
Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?