The Israelites were in the same condition you and I were before we were set free . . . they were held captive, struggling in slavery, spent under the weight of cruel task masters . . . until the deliverer came. They served as Egypt’s slave labor for more than 400 years until God sent Moses to lead them to freedom.
Moses is described in Scripture as the “meekest man on earth” and one who stood in God’s presence, speaking face to face with Him as a man speaks to a friend (Numbers 12:3; Exodus 33:11). He was a “type” or Old Testament picture foreshadowing the One who would come to deliver His people from their sin. Moses also served as a prophet, one who was a mouthpiece for God.
Fourteen hundred years before the babe would be born in Bethlehem, God spoke through Moses and gave this promise of the ultimate Prophet:
“I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you (Moses), and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him” (Deuteronomy 18:18–19; see also the New Testament reference to this passage: Acts 3:22–23; 7:37).
In Mark 9 Moses returned to earth for a brief visit, but while he and Elijah are talking with Jesus (the “prophet” Deuteronomy 18 was talking about) Peter interrupts the discussion. But the Father makes it very clear who they need to be listening to:
“Then a cloud formed, overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, ‘This is My beloved Son, listen to Him!’” (Mark 9:7).
Wow. Now that is what I call clear confirmation.
The Jewish people were promised that one day another prophet would provide an even greater deliverance than the one Moses led. God the Father confirms that this is the Deliverer they’ve been waiting for, the Ultimate Prophet—and He is the One they are to listen to!
Today you’ll have multiple voices speaking to you, from the newscaster blasting noise from your radio, to the flood of emails on your computer screen, but please take every opportunity to listen to the voice of the Prophet raised up to deliver you. He is Prophet, Priest, and King—the Lord Jesus Christ.
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news spread through all the surrounding district . . . He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read . . .
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me; Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.’
And He closed the book . . . And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing’” (Luke 4:14-21).
Who are you listening to today?