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2. See how Jesus was like Moses on your “Walk thru the Bible” Luke 24:13-33, cit. B15:
Part 2 of 3 of Cobbey Crisler’s “Walk to Emmaus” insights Luke 24:27 & Deut. 18:15,18

[Cobbey:] “Let’s check it out…by turning to Deuteronomy, one of the books of the Bible attributed to Moses, and one of Jesus’ favorite books in all The Old Testament. And the 18th Chapter in Deuteronomy in verse 15, quotes Moses as predicting something. In other words, Moses, himself then is what? A prophet. And he says in verse 15 – let’s separate it into its proper ingredients here. It all starts with whom? “The Lord God will raise up unto thee…” – “will,” so it’s future tense – “will raise up unto thee a Prophet….” (See full quote below)

Okay, now, to use a crude example: Do you remember in the story of Cinderella? The glass slipper ONLY fits Cinderella.

Deut. 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;

Now, if we’re going to take Amos’s view of prophesy, where the Lord reveals his secret, leaving nothing out to the receptive thought, the prophet, then, and we
take that view, it’s like an engineer’s blueprint, and that anyone can refer back to that blueprint, that knows it’s there, and with a certain amount of spiritual illumination cast on the blueprint, should be able to see the divine hand in history, which, of course, is the entire Bible.

That’s the main point: the divine hand in history, and specifically, in prophesy; therefore, prophesy and its fulfillment should dovetail. And the glass slipper would only fit the one for whom it’s designed.

If we had the remotest idea of suggesting that Jesus is the fulfillment of any of the Old Testament prophesies we’re about to go through, then we had to do it as objectively as possible. And we have to set the prophesy here, and the fulfillment here, and see how they blend.

Well, point one is: “If it says, “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet.” Was Jesus a prophet? Did he also predict things to come after him? All right.

That checks off, then it says, “In the midst of thee, of thy brethren…” meaning? (See below, Partial) He would be? From the Jews? All right.

Third point: “…Like unto me.” Like unto who? (Murmurs) Moses – a Moses-like prophet. Now. Let’s remember that the Jews did expect certain appearances that were prophesized. If they were familiar with this verse at all, they would be looking for a prophet “who would be like unto Moses,” who would remind them of Moses. (See below)

Deut 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;

And I recommend to you a special study on your own. Just look in a Bible concordance under the name Moses and see how many times Jesus uses it, contrasting perhaps, or building, upon what Moses did and how many times the people in the gospel also were reminded, through what Jesus did, of what Moses had done earlier. It’s like a floodlight turned on the gospel by prophesy itself. And it’s a wonderful thing just to test out.

… “I,” God said, “will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” (See below.)

Please remember those words. Put them on your mental self in your memory. Even the word “command,” and “speak,” and “words,” because we’re going to run into them later on, and you will have to refresh your thought about it. (See below, Partial)

Deut. 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.

Ex 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. (Another use of the same term…found in Concord)

Now, lest you think that that is a modest requirement, I’ll wager that none of us in this room who are told to do something, or asked to do something, by even someone we loved very dearly this morning, that we probably left something out or we didn’t do it completely, or exactly in the way that we were expected, or perhaps, somebody didn’t fulfill what we asked.

Here is a man being deprived that would come, that would speak everything that God has commanded him throughout his entire career. That glass slipper does not fit too many in the history of humanity.

Now, let’s go from there to John, the sixth Chapter of John. And we’re going to the loaves and fishes incident. And right after all the fragments were collected in twelve baskets, one undoubtedly for each disciple, guess what the people who had just eaten, thought of. In verse 14, what we have just read should leap out of the page in a special illumination.

The people said, “You must be…” what? “…that prophet….” What prophet? “…the one that should come into the world.” (See below)

John 6:14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.

All right. How can we be sure it’s the one in Deuteronomy? Here is an expectation in the Jewish thought. What were they reminded of? Why would they have immediately thought of that, do you think? The “manna,” certainly. Because they had had just had loaves and fishes. Thousands were fed.

There wasn’t anything equal to that in their memory, in their entire history, since Moses. They were reminded of Moses. And, the minute they were reminded of Moses, they remembered the prophesy that said, “…a prophet like unto me….” (See below, Repeated for convenience)

Deut 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;

Isn’t that wonderful the way it just clicked in there, even for the average thought of the period? And, lest we think that’s way off as a theory, look in John 6, verse 32, and you’ll “see Jesus, himself, drawing attention to it.” (See below)

John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

Now, turn to John 7, Verse 40. “Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.” … the people are saying it again. So, it’s in the popular expectation.

John 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

But, notice the next line; others said, “No, it’s the Christ….” (See above)

It’s two separate expectations.

The popular expectancy is “for the Christ” and another figure, “the Prophet.” (See above)

We’ll find later that they join in the Christian view of the fulfillment of prophesy. And, when we ask where that Christian view came from and find that it’s the last chapter of Luke where Jesus is the first to interpret the scriptures that way, we perhaps can dare say that Jesus, himself, was the first to equate this passage in Deuteronomy with the Messiah – not a separate figure at all, but with the Messiah. (See below)

Luke 20:44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Luke 20:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

Luke 20:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

Luke 20:48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

So, turn to the 12th Chapter of John…

John 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

Do you think Jesus knew the scriptures well enough to know that he was virtually paraphrasing a prophesy, and anyone who was intelligent enough to recognize that would know what he would meaning?

Look in John 12, verse 50, the way he ends it.

John 12:50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Now turn to Matthew 27, because we are going to now move beyond the law of Moses and to some of the other portions of the scripture that Jesus apparently went into in the Walk to Emmaus.

You see the walk to Emmaus becomes much more than a geographic walk, it’s a walk through the Bible. And, I really, sort of use it more in that symbolically way than geography.”

[W: Click to Win back Wanderers after Part 1 of 3 of your “Walk to Emmaus”
Luke 24 parts in Bible Lesson.]


[W: Part 3 of 3: Click for a favorite Cobbey “Wow!” on Jesus cross-referencing Ps. 22, 30, 69 (NOT in Lesson.]

[W: Contact Cobbey’s widow, Janet Crisler, at for how to get your own editions of Cobbey’s talks & transcript-books, including “The Walk to Emmaus.”]

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