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"Hear O' Israel, HaShem is our G-d, HaShem alone"

Deut 18:15,18,19


The missionaries will say that Deut 18:15,18,19 says that a prophet to come will be like Moses. They will then compare Jesus to Moses. John 3:14 - Numbers 21:9 Sin/serpent pole; Matt 2:16 - Exodus 1:16 Male children slain; Matt 2:14-15 - Exo 12:37 Led The way out of sin/Egypt, He did miracles, He healed leper; Exo2:11-15 John1:11,12, John19:15 Rejected by his own people the 1st time he came; Exo17:8-16 John19:16-18 Won the victory displayed on a hill with arms outstretched and a man on each side.

The Reply is: to ask them how being executed by the Romans is a victory? The Romans used crucifixion as a punishment for rebels and political enemies. They were a visible reminder of the painful death an opponent of the Roman empire could expect. Many Jew died in this manner. Josepus says there was a shortage of wood caused by the enormous number of executions the Romans carried out. How is crying out, as Jesus did "My G-d, my G-d, why have you forsaken me" a victory?

What about killing of the first born by Herod the Great? No historian records such an event happening. Sin is not Egypt, a serpent is not sin. When Moses was on the hill, he was sitting on a stone with his arms raised, not streched out horizontally. The two men, who were not revolutionaries/bandits, helped him keep his hands raised up above his head.

Finally, the Jewish interpretation of this verse has always been that G-d would raise other prophets to speak for Him. He did that, their words are in the Tanach. "Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses--whom the L-RD singled out, face to face, for the various signs and portents that the L-RD sent him to display in the land of Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his courtiers and his whole country, and all the great mighty and awsome power that Moses displayed before all Israel" (Deut 34:10-12). All the other prophets were spoken to through dreams, but not so with Moses.


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