The book of Deuteronomy is like a commentary on God’s law. In fact, its name means “second law”. This scroll is full of links and references to Jesus and it can be so beneficial to our faith. Even more so, Jesus references this scroll many times in the sermon on the mount. If Jesus referenced it this much, it must be important. Let’s check these out first.
During Jesus’ time of testing with Satan, he objected to him each time with a quote from Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16, and 6:13 to be exact. These were to remind satan and us that man lives by God’s word, we do not test Yahweh, and we should serve him only. These are the basic principles to anyone’s faith and Jesus uses them to ward of satan and temptation. Deuteronomy is full of God’s words that remind us He is with us and if Jesus used them, we should too.
Jesus also referenced the teachings in this scroll during the sermon on the mount. In Matthew 5, he uses the basic principles found in this scroll to provide further instruction on topics like murder, adultery, and mercy. His teachings take these principles a step further to reveal the real human condition with issues like anger, envy, and lust. Jesus found wisdom in this ancient scroll and we should too.
The most common reference to Jesus in this scroll comes in Deuteronomy 18:15. It says, “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.” Moses knows that someone greater than him, a prophet, will come from their lineage. An Israelite prophet will rise up and he is the one they should listen to. Jesus fulfills this prophecy given by Moses. Being from the tribe of Judah, he taught the people and warned them, no doubt the greatest prophet and much more. Jesus is the great prophet Moses prophesied about and the one they anticipated for generations.
Now we get to enjoy living in Christ. By looking into the words of Deuteronomy, we get to see the role Jesus saw himself fulfilling. A great teacher and prophet, using ancient words to teach people a new way to live. A way that leads to life by those who trust in Him.