Light for the Last Days

How does Jesus fulfil the function of the Prophet?

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15 “The Lord your God יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ [yhwh ʾĕlōhêkā] will raise up for you a Prophet נָבִיא [nābîʾ] like me כָּמֹנִי [kāmōnî] from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’

17 “And the Lord said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words דְּבָרַי [dǝbāray] in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words דְּבָרַי [dǝbāray], which He speaks in My name בִּשְׁמִי [bišmî], I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה [bǝšēm yhwh], if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Deuteronomy 18.15-22

Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?”

10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. 11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” 13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet προφήτης [prophētēs] who is to come into the world.”

John 6.5-14

47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος τῆς ζωῆς [egó eimi o ártos tís zoís49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread ἐγώ εἰμι ὁ ἄρτος ὁ ζῶν [egó eimi o ártos o zón] which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

John 6.46-51

Tony Pearce

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