For centuries the Jewish people had been looking for “the Prophet,” the one Moses said was coming in our reading for tomorrow. It seems that at least some of them were looking for both a Prophet and a King/Messiah–two different people. Apparently they didn’t understand that the One who was to come would be a Prophet-King-Messiah.
Traditionally, we’ve focused a lot on Jesus being the fulfillment of the OT’s prediction of a coming King from the lineage of David, but tomorrow we’re going to study Jesus as the Prophet like Moses.
Like Moses, Jesus led the people out of slavery, except it was a greater form of slavery. Like Moses, Jesus gave the people bread and water, except it was the Bread of Life and Living Water. Like Moses, Jesus gave the people a revelation from heaven, except it was one that brought freedom and not bondage.
At the top of the Mount of Transfiguration, Moses and Elijah were transformed along with Jesus, and God emphatically said about Jesus, “This is my son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
The message for us today is simple: who are we listening to? Jesus is the perfect revelation of God’s will . . . if we neglect him as Prophet, we turn away from God’s final offer.