Today we wrap up our study of Moses and look at the legacy he left. We read in Deuteronomy 18,
“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— 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.’ And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 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. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
The leadership is great, his call, his preparation, his recall are all great, but perhaps the most important thing about Moses, perhaps, is the clear and cogent pointer he gives towards someone better.
He says, the Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers…to him you shall listen…I will put my words in his mouth…he shall speak to them all that I command him.
All of these things point to one person, don’t they?
Someone who would be descendent from the nation of Israel, someone who would represent God before people, and people before God, someone who would speak the Word of God. Some thought this was John the Baptist (John 1.19-21), but all of this points us to Jesus.
Jesus is descended from the nation of Israel (Matthew 1.1).
Jesus represents God before people, and people before God (1 Timothy 2.5).
Jesus speaks the Word of God (John 12.49). Jesus IS the Word of God (John 1.1, 14).
What this means for you is that the history is great, seeing the roots of our faith is great, seeing the wondrous workings of God in the past is great, looking at the life of Moses is great, but, greater than that is looking at what Moses pointed to – to Jesus.
This was always going to be the plan for humanity, and for you. Salvation, reconciliation, and justification are all available through the One Moses pointed to. Let us never lose sight of the truth that Moses, and every other person mightily used of God always points to one place, to one person.
The legacy of his life is a pointer to the person and work of Jesus!