Sunday, May 5, 2013

Jesus Christ in Deuteronomy

~ Jesus Christ Is a Prophet Like Moses and More ~

The Bible is about Jesus Christ  ~  “Jesus said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter His glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning Himself” (Luke 24:25-27).

Moses Foreshadowed Jesus Christ  ~  Moses himself said, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to Him” (18:15).  Through the rest of the Old Testament, God did raise up many prophets, but none were like Moses. “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10). 

Jesus Christ Was The Mightiest Prophet  ~  Moses led twelve tribes—The Messiah led twelve disciples. Moses gave parting instructions to his followers (see Deuteronomy 33).  The Messiah also gave parting instructions to His followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20). 

Moses Gave The Law—Jesus Christ Fulfilled The Law  ~  When the Messiah came to earth He came to fulfill the Law. Jesus Christ said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17-19). 

Jesus Christ’s Response to Satan  ~ What was Christ's response to Satan's temptation? He referred Satan to the Scriptures, specifically the book of Deuteronomy: “He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). His response is enlightening. He responded by quoting Scripture—keep in mind that the first book of the New Testament would not be written for about another 15 years.

the key:  The important thing to note is that mankind was not then, and is not now, to live by physical food alone but by spiritual food from above: “He answered and said, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”’” (Matthew 4:4).

the pattern:  As Satan continued his efforts to tempt Jesus, His response remained consistent (quoting Deuteronomy 6:16, 13; 10:20). The authority of God’s Word gives victory. “Take the helmet of salvation [our protection], and the sword of the Spirit [our weapon], which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17).

Comment  ~  We have only touched the surface of Christ in Deuteronomy. Much more could be said about each of the previous examples.

For Further Study  ~  Compare the following passages from Scripture:
Deuteronomy 5:16 with Matthew 15:4 and Mark 7:10
Deuteronomy 6:4 with Mark 12:29
Deuteronomy 6:5 with Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27   
Deuteronomy 6:13 with Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8
Deuteronomy 6:16 with Matthew 4:7 and Luke 4:12  
Deuteronomy 8:3 with Matthew 4:4 and Luke 4:4   
Deuteronomy 10:12 with Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27
Deuteronomy 10:20 with Matthew 4:10 and Luke 4:8  
Deuteronomy 19:15 with Matthew 18:16  
Deuteronomy 30:6 with Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, and Luke 10:27  

The Apostle Paul told us the Scriptures present many shadows of things to come but the reality is found in Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:17). 

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