September 9, 2019

Jesus Predicted in the Old Testament

Deuteronomy 18:15–22

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A New Prophet like Moses

15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—16 just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or1 who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’—22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.

Footnotes

[1] 18:20 Or and

Jesus Predicted in the Old Testament



Key Verse | Deuteronomy 18:15

"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen."

Bio | Hil Bowman

I love musicals and fun live theatrical productions. The funny thing is I have no rhythm or musical talents, but I admire people who have those skills. In high school, I was in Fiddler on the Roof and West Side Story. I tried to dance and sing and had fun doing it. Thank goodness parents and people who liked me were there, so it didn't matter about my inability to perform. It is funny now because, as a husband and as a dad to two teenagers, I seem like a low-key business man. But, deep inside, I am a wannabe performer!

Central Truth

God's plan from the beginning was that He would sacrifice His own Son's life for us. He knew that only a perfect blood sacrifice would be able to wash away the sins of mankind. Throughout the Old Testament, God foretells His plan through different prophecies. Now we know Jesus is the answer.

Devotional | Deuteronomy 18:15–22

In 2009, I was on an advisory board at the Dallas Theater Center for a production called In the Beginning. The director was new to Dallas and wanted to write/produce a play relevant to the local area. He decided...

In 2009, I was on an advisory board at the Dallas Theater Center for a production called In the Beginning. The director was new to Dallas and wanted to write/produce a play relevant to the local area. He decided to write a play based on the first 12 chapters of Genesis because Dallas is in the Bible Belt. His plan was to bring together several different people of faith to advise on the Bible and the Old Testament. The group included rabbis, pastors from different denominations, and leaders from the church and community.

I was excited to debate and discuss the Bible with such a diverse group. To my surprise, a primary sticking point in the conversation was who wrote the first five books of the Bible. A primary tactic to discredit the inerrancy of God's Word is to refute the true authors. This is done in order to bring doubt and dissension to passages like today's. In Deuteronomy 18:15, we see Moses making a very important prophecy about Jesus and the coming Messiah. We believe this because Peter, in his one of his first sermons in Acts 3:22-23, tells us Jesus is the prophet Moses was speaking of.

So back to the play. My favorite part of the production was the second act because one of the advisory board members went on stage and fielded questions from the audience concerning anything they were confused about in Scripture. The question I remember to this day was, "If Jesus is the Way, why did God wait so long before His coming?" I replied with empathy, confidence, and joy that Jesus was with God, and Jesus is God from the beginning and forever. I had privilege of sharing God's plan with the audience as well as the cast at the Dallas Theater Center.

Jesus is the only begotten and eternal Son of God. He is God, and He is the prophet and sacrificial lamb that are spoken about from Genesis to Revelation. All we must do is believe and go tell others. Deuteronomy 18:15 captures Moses' prophecy of God's great gift, JESUS.

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Discussion Questions

1. Have you ever been in a high school musical? If so, which one? Did you like it?

2. Are you able to defend your belief about who wrote the books of the Bible?

3. What would you say to someone who asked why God delayed the coming of Jesus?

4. What biblical cross references can you point to when asked about the prediction of Jesus in the Bible? We should be ready for these questions!

13 Comments available

Jay Caruso 2 months ago

Thank you Hil!! “Jesus is the only begotten and eternal Son of God. He is God, and He is the prophet and sacrificial lamb that are spoken about from Genesis to Revelation. All we must do is believe and go tell others.” Also thank your passion in your words are encouraging

Haley Buckley 2 months ago

I’ve never been asked about who wrote the books of the Bible - that’s a good question. The Old Testament is filled with references of Jesus’ coming - in this passage specifically where it says “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers”

greg jones 2 months ago

2/2

How can you believe one big thing like this, and then, believe something different? My short answer is, my foundation of belief developed and remained in this order belief in God, thoughts about the Bible. It did not develop by, or change into, belief in the Bible, thoughts about God.

Belief in Bible, compared to, thoughts about God reason this way-What’s described in the Bible had to happen as told-the belief. If those things didn’t happen as told, there is no God-the thought.

Belief in God, compared to, thoughts about the Bible reason this way-There is a God based on my unique experience-belief. What the Bible describes is outside my experience, if those things didn’t happen as told, then, understanding why they were told the way they were, will better support my belief-thought.

greg jones 2 months ago

1/2

I disagree with the traditional belief of Moses being the author of the first five books. The later has been a change in position for me. Before anyone breaks whatever device they’re reading this comment on let me say, I understand.

greg jones 2 months ago

Q2 Yes.

Q4 Something to consider.

Joshua will literally fulfill the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:15. Joshua is a brother among them.

Joshua speaking-This is what the LORD, the God of Israel says:…Joshua 24:2.

Joshua will make a covenant for the people verse 25.

Joshua recorded these things in the book of the law verse 26. Recording in the book of the law like Moses.

Original readers would see Joshua fulfilling this prophecy. Generations of readers afterward would naturally assume Joshua.

Peter quotes Deuteronomy 18:15 in Acts 3:22, what he says after that in verse 23 is not what Moses said. Is this a mistake or is there a purpose?

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

The people spoke of the fearful sound of God on the mountain and asked that Moses be the mediator for them.

God said once before and twice here that it was good that they did and it is pointing to a greater mediator who will not be revealed in the same fearful way

There are some movie portrayals that get this wrong and make it appear the people should not have said that. But God says it was good that they said it.

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

Q1 I was Charlie Brown in 'your a good man Charlie Brown" in High School. I was Winthrop in 6th grade from the Music Man I liked it

Q2 Moses was highly educated in Egypt and I think it makes sense he could write the book. We see some genre touted in competition like the Gilgemesh epic but that is in mythic genre where the most powerful force is magic even over the gods. Genesis is in a historic not mythic style. That cube shaped Gilgemesh boat would roll all over the ocean like a volleyball. Noah’s ark was well… shaped like a boat

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

Q3 God does things in His time not ours. Jesus coming later is in large part due to God’s patience.

Michael Scaman 2 months ago

Q4 What cross references point to Christ?

They come written large and small, in types and more explicit.

One example is moving from the frightening unapproachable mountain to a place where God dwells with man.

We see a frightening burning mountain here, God pictures a terrifying mountain for his holiness. Later dwells near the people in the tabernacle and ark then in the midst of the people in the tabernacle. Still later the ark is moved by David up Mt Zion in Psalm 68 and people dwell on the holy mountain with God Psalm 87 in Jerusalem together.

The new testament takes the ark moving up the mountain as portraying the ascension of Christ and bringing us with.

That is one example of a type pointing to Christ

Lindsey Driscoll 2 months ago

I’m caught up in verse 22 today: “If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” Specifically the part that reads, “do not be alarmed.” I remember having conversations with my older brother years before his death when he believed non-biblical conspiracy theories. I remember how these theories made him angry and frustrated. I remember being sad yet not surprised by how these theories made him feel. They lacked truth and the hope that is in Christ because of his death and resurrection for our sins. We see Christ revealed as the prophet Moses described in the New Testament in Luke 24:19 and John 6:14- the prophet who will save the world! What great hope!

Sue Bohlin 2 months ago

Thanks, Hil. I really wondered how you were going to get from high school musicals to Deuteronomy, but you delivered in your devo!

I’m thankful for how God raised the bar on understanding His intent for two things in this passage. First, the promise that the Prophet to come would be from the Israelites’ brethren proves this was not a prophecy of Mohammed, as many Muslims believe. Secondly, God’s standard for prophets–only speaking what He gives them, and 100% accuracy–means there is no room for sloppy, flesh-driven prophecy. I have heard people discuss how fun and cool it is to be a prophet as if it were a spiritual toy, giving each other passes when they miss a prophecy because “we’re only human, and nobody’s perfect.” Nope. That’s not how God works when He’s speaking through a prophet. He is deadly serious about complete trustworthiness.

Hugh Stephenson 2 months ago

I have been taught the OT was Christ concealed and the NT was Christ revealed. Also, I am taught that there were many false Messiahs that sprang up then faded. I link to Acts 5:34-40.

How hard it is to listen to the voice of God, even from a prophet! For the Israelites, the Shekinah was enough only for a moment; until they experienced discomfort. For me, His truths come in His Word, His Spirit and His people. Through His people I am reminded by worship music, Watermark’s many teachers, the discipleship ministries and many other sources.

Like the Israelites, my faith can be so small!! An adult prodigal child in discomfort turns my head and heart. Note, not in distress, just discomfort.

Abraham perfectly models in the sacrifice of Isaac. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sacrifice_of_Isaac_(Rembrandt). Note the angel grabbing Abraham’s arm.

Father, thank you for sending true prophets and your Word.

Hope Harris 2 months ago

Posting early as my week will be a lil cray cray, schedule wise.

In today’s reading, along with John 1 and Proverbs 8. I clearly see scripture describing Jesus as the “Logos”. Jesus is the voice calling in the wilderness who beckons me to build relationship with God the Father. He grants me wisdom, understanding and direction for my life through His word.

“Mark a life of discipline and live wisely; don’t squander your precious life. Blessed the man, blessed the woman, who listens to me, awake and ready for me each morning, alert and responsive as I start my day’s work. When you find me, you find life, real life, to say nothing of God’s good pleasure.” (Proverbs 8:33-35 MSG)

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