If you’re looking for a detailed, scholarly biblical resource on the Old Testament prophets, you’ll want to get “The Christ of the Prophets” by O. Palmer Robertson. I’m working my way through it now and am finding out it’s a very thorough and helpful study. The unabridged volume is long (c. 500 pages) but it’s a book you don’t necessarily have to read through in order or all at once. I’m thinking of it as a study reference book on the prophets.
Anyway, I appreciate Robertson’s emphasis on how the OT prophets find their fulfillment and consummation in Christ. Here’s what Robertson wrote after discussing the great prophet text in Deuteronomy 18:
The tension created by the establishment of a prophetic mediator at Sinai pointed to the need for ending this separation between God and his people at some point in the future. God appeared at the top of the shaking, smoking mountain, displaying his awesome glory as he spoke by the trumpet sound of his voice. The people trembled in fear at the bottom of the mountain and pled with Moses to mediate the words of this awesome God.. While the role of prophetic mediator was essential for the communication of the divine word, this very arrangement made impossible the realization of the central purpose of the covenant, which was to establish an intimacy of fellowship between God and his people. Somehow this circumstance had to be altered.
This entire scenario encourages the expectation that some resolution of the problem would appear in the future. God’s purpose in the covenant will not be frustrated. Unity between the Covenant Lord and his people must be realized. Indeed, the Lord will not minimize his greatness and his glory as the Almighty. But somehow the deficiency represented by the mediatorial role of Moses must be overcome. In this context, the claims of the new covenant scriptures concerning Jesus of Nazareth may be fully appreciated, for at many points the presentation of Jesus as prophet supplies an answer to this limitation of the prophetic office of the old covenant.
Robertson then goes on to talk about Christ as the originator of the prophetic word, the distributor of the Spirit’s gifts, the Lord over the prophetic word, and as the consummative prophet:
“[The long line of] prophets originates with Moses and finds its consummation in Jesus Christ. As a result, all the blessings intended in God’s covenant flow through him.”
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