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Jesus declared that Moses wrote of him; and we ought to believe what Moses said about him:
(John 5:46-47) For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?

Now if we investigate what Moses said concerning Jesus, we ought to see one of the clearest proof that Jesus the Messiah cannot possibly be Almighty God Himself!

Let me begin with the ten commandments.
The ten audible commandments given on Mount Sinai/Horeb.

(Exo 20:1-3) And God spake all these words, saying, 2 I am Yahweh thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. …
(Exo 20:17-21) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. 18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.
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And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die. 20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not. 21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Now note the request of the people to Moses …
let not God speak with us, lest we die!
Rather, “Speak thou with us, and we will hear!

They beseeched Moses to be their go-between, their mediator between God and them!!
Let not God speak with us, they cried. Rather, Moses, you speak to us! They did not want God to speak directly to them, for they feared that they would die if God continued to speak directly to them!!

Later on, Moses recalls this account:-

(Deu 5:1-6) And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, … 2 Yahweh our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. … 4  Yahweh talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, 5 (I stood between Yahweh and you at that time, to show you the word of Yahweh: for ye were afraid by reason of the fire, and went not up into the mount;) saying, 6 I am Yahweh thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. …
(Deu 5:21-28) Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour’s. 22 These words Yahweh spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. 23 And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders;

24 And ye said, Behold, Yahweh our God hath showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.
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Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of Yahweh our God any more, then we shall die.
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For who is there of all flesh, that hath heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived?

27 Go thou near, and hear all that Yahweh our God shall say: and speak thou unto us all that Yahweh our God shall speak unto thee; and we will hear it, and do it. 28 And Yahweh heard the voice of your words, when ye spake unto me; and Yahweh said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken.

(Deu 5:30-31) Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. 31 But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, …

 

Moses reminded the people that he stood between them and God! Because they were afraid of the fire and of the fact that God was speaking to them directly!
In light of this, they requested that Moses stand between them and God; that is, let God speak directly to Moses; and then Moses would speak to the people!
In other words, they did not what to hear directly from God Himself; rather let God speak all His words to a mediator, who in turn, would speak to the people.

Remember, their request was not to hear from God Himself directly!!

And what was God’s response to this request?
God said “they have well said all that they have spoken.”

God agreed with their request. Instead of continuing to speak to them directly; He sent the people back, whilst Moses the mediator stood before God and heard and receive words directly from God!

Now, in light of this episode, and especially because of the specific request made by the children of Israel; God declared the following to Moses  :-

(Deu 18:15-19) Yahweh 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; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of Yahweh thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of Yahweh my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And Yahweh said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 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. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.

 

Now note what God says. He will raise up a Prophet like Moses because the children of Israel had well spoken that which they have spoken; therefore God would raise up a Prophet, a spokesman like Moses, according to all that thou desiredst of Yahweh their God; that is,
God was going to raise up a Prophet so that God would not speak directly to the people; but rather, God would put all His words into the mouth of this chosen Prophet; and God would command this Prophet to speak His words to the people; and whosoever would not hearken and obey the words that God would give to this Prophet; God would judge such a one accordingly!

The apostle Peter quotes Moses’ words concerning this Prophet when he states:

(Acts 3:20-23) And he [God] shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: 21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. 22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall Yahweh your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. 23 And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.

 

Jesus over and over again exclaimed that he did not speak of himself; but rather, spoke the words that God his Father gave him to speak e.g.

(John 12:49-50) 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. 50 And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

 

Here is my point.

The people specifically asked for a mediator, a go-between; so that they would not hear directly from God Himself; God would therefore not speak directly to them.
God then said
They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto Moses.”

Jesus, we all agree, is That Prophet!
Therefore, if Jesus was God Almighty as a man; if Jesus was God Himself come down to us in the likeness of man; as all those who profess ‘the deity of Jesus’ doctrine believe;

This would be a clear contradiction of the very words of God Himself; as well as being the very opposite of what the people requested!!

Anyway, you look at it …

  • The people did not want to hear the voice of God Himself; they did not want to hear directly from God Himself!
    if Jesus was God Himself, that is exactly what the people would have heard in the ministry of Jesus!
  • The people requested a mediator to stand between them and God;
    if Jesus was God Himself then he could not at the same time be such a mediator, seeing that he himself is God??
  • God Himself said “They have well spoken that which they have spoken.” And in light of this He would raise up a Prophet to be a spokesman & mediator; even as Moses was before the children of Israel;
    if Jesus was God Himself, this would contradict what God had said He would do; and it would contradict the very reason why God raised up such a Prophet in the first place!
  • If Jesus was God Himself (whether the Father Himself or a member of a multi-person Godhead) the people during the ministry of Christ would have continously, daily and directly heard from and seen God Himself which contradicts what God had promised their fathers/ancestors via Moses!

Not so! God did not contradict Himself. God keeps His promises and He does not lie [Heb. 6:18, Titus 1:2]

According to the very words of God Himself as given to Moses, Jesus of Nazareth cannot qualify to be God Himself.

Rather …
(1 Tim 2:5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

That is who Jesus is in fulfilment of God’s promises as well as in fulfilment with Israel’s request.

(Rom 15:8) Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

 

  

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