Today, I speak of Principle Number 7 in my journey to discover the similarities between Jew and Christian. This is a long way of answering the question of "Am I Jewish" which has often been dropped in my plate of Hebrew National beans and weenies.
Maimonides really tipped his hand on this one. It is: "Moses is the father of the prophets." That is the paraphrase. Let's dust off the real thing.
"I believe with complete faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace upon him, was true, and that he was the father of the prophets, both to those who preceded him, and to those who came after him." - Maimonides.
Did you catch that? What part? Well, all of it. This statement was likely made to place a loyalty, not only toward Moses, but away from Yeshua/Jesus. This exposes the bias of Rabbinic Judaism against the Messiah.
As we know, scripture speaks to this explicitly, so we would have to modify the statement a bit... or just chuck it.
Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, 2 who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God's house. 3 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. Hebrews 3:1-6
Moses, and the Torah are testimonies (witnesses) to the truth, the way, and the life that IS Yeshua/Jesus, the Nazarene. So, I would have to say that in my "Grafted into grace" faith, I could not score a point in the "yes" column. This one would have to be rewritten to say something like "Jesus was the father of the prophets."
Here's basically the deal. Moses knew it. He proclaimed it.
"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—" Deut. 18:14
"When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!" John 6:14
The Savior was fulfilling Moses (prophetic) words that there would be one like him (performing miracles beyond measure). If you read more of Deut. 18 you will see that the Father actually states how to recognize Him (Messiah).
"I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him." Deut. 18:18-19
Moses spoke face to face and relayed the commands and instructions of Torah. These all pointed (and still do) to the Messiah.
"Christ is the culmination (goal) of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes." Romans 10:4 (NIV)
While some Jews may use Moses as a "Son"-block, not all of them do. For those who do, it is tragic because they are missing the very Words of God. But many (more and more each day) do listen to His words.
With that said, How many Christians see a Pope or professor as a greater prophet? While some may disregard the instruction to call no man "Rabbi," many disobey the same command and refer to someone other than the Messiah as "Father."
May we not miss His second coming. May we be looking for the One who is prophesied. How tragic would it be for any Jew or Christian who would turn away from the true prophet of all prophets.
I heard an awful lot of Christian railing against people looking at the eclipse as a sign.
- Even though the Bible clearly states that the bodies in the heavens will be for signs and seasons.
- Even though the Messiah came to earth in the flesh surrounding a heavenly sign in an appointed season. Wise men from Persia were able to correctly identify when and where He appeared by simply looking up at the sky.
- Even though the book of Revelations clearly states that much will happen as signs of the last times.
- Even though the five virgins who were not ready were locked out of the feast.
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Shloshah-Asar Ikkarim, Moses the father of the prophets.