“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‘Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.’ The Lord said to me: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.” Deut 18.15-18
This prophecy was most clearly fulfilled at the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17). Jesus reveals more of his true nature to his closest disciples, conversing side by side with Elijah, their greatest prophet, and Moses, their greatest teacher. In this moment, Jesus showed himself to be the Great Prophet (the One who speaks the Word of God to his people) and the Great Teacher (the One who reveals the heart of God in a way that can be understood).
At Mount Horeb, the Israelites begged God for an alternative. When faced with his holiness and power, they feared for their lives and asked for a distance between themselves and God through an emissary. Little did they know that over 1,000 years later, that emissary would come. Only He was not one to allow for comfortable distance between a holy God and unholy mankind. On the contrary. He is the Great Reconciler, the only One who could fully unite the world with their Creator.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, and the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting the people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5. 17-21