A Prophet Like Moses

Q. I just read an article that claims that the Bible has some prophecies about the prophet to come after Moses in the form of Mohamed. Have you heard something like that perhaps? I cannot remember the actual chapter and verse this Muslim quoted but he says its in the Old Testament.

A. The verses in the Old Testament are Deut. 18:15 where Moses said,

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your own brothers (fellow Israelites). You must listen to him.”

and Deut 18:18 where God confirmed this,

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers (fellow Israelites), and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.”

As you can see from my parenthetical inserts, the intention of the original language was for a prophet to come from among the Israelites. This promise led to the question posed to John the Baptist by representatives of the temple, “Are you the prophet?” (John 1:21). This shows they were expecting someone from among the Israelites. The promise of a prophet like Moses from among the Israelites was fulfilled in the coming of the Lord Jesus.

For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).

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