And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like to Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,…
It was a greatness entirely unique. "There arose not a prophet," etc. (ver. 10). His greatness lay largely in character. As a man - in respect of qualities of character - Moses was one of the greatest men who have ever lived; perhaps, all things taken together, the greatest next to Christ. But so entirely is Moses the man lost in his relation to God as instrument of his will and work, that his greatness in the former respect is not in these verses even referred to. Moses is overshadowed by the God of Moses, whose power he wielded, and in whose Name alone he wrought. This greatness of Moses arose -
I. FROM THE RELATION OF PECULIAR INTIMACY HE HELD TO GOD. "There arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face" (ver. 10). In this greatness Moses stood alone till there arose that greater Prophet, whose advent he had predicted (Deuteronomy 18:18).
II. FROM THE GREATNESS OF HIS WORK. (Ver. 11.) He was sent to Egypt to deliver Israel. In this also a type of Christ.
III. IN THE POWER OF GOD PUT FORTH THROUGH HIM. (Vers. 11, 12.) True greatness therefore lies:
(1) in power of near approach to God;
(2) in great work done for God; and
(3) in spiritual power exerted through God acting m and with us. - J.O.
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