Deuteronomy 18: Who Is the Prophet?
Posted by Zak Schmoll
Although I have read Deuteronomy 18 at one time, I didn’t know that it was a rather controversial chapter. First, read the following verses.
Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
Deu 18:16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.
Deu 18:17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken.
Deu 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.
Apparently, this passage is assumed to be talking about Mohammed in Islam. Because Isaac and Ishmael were brothers and Mohammed is descended from the line of Ishmael, many believe that this is why it talks about brethren.
However, I think that if we look a little bit deeper, it makes more sense that this passage is actually Jesus.
First, we need to think about whether or not the Bible itself is internally valid and confirms that we are indeed talking about Jesus. After all, could it be Elijah or some other great prophet?
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Act 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:
Act 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
Act 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Act 3:23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.
From this passage, it is clear that the Bible itself confirms that this passage is referring to Jesus.
However, why does the simple fact that the Bible is internally valid on this issue convincing proof that that really is the way it is?
Well, that requires a slightly more detailed answer. However, the basic premise is that if the Bible is true, then the claims that it makes within itself must also be true. After all, you can’t have a true document that has faulty information embedded in it.
Rather than reinvent the wheel though, let me point you to gospelway.com. He provided a list of prophecies that can be both internally and externally validated.
In my opinion and in the opinion of many people around the world, the proof is evident. It makes sense that the Bible is a true document, and if that is true, then the claim that it made about itself regarding Jesus being the prophet spoken about in Deuteronomy must be true as well.