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The Messiah is “From Among Your Brothers”

The Messiah is the one from “among our brothers,” a phrase that is found in the Torah almost as if the Torah itself is telling us a story of who it is.

The most popularly noted example of the usage of this phrase in relationship to the Messiah, is that he is the “prophet who is like” Moses, “raised up” “from among your brothers.”

Who is this prophet like Moses? King Messiah. How do we know this? We know this because this verse is written in the same context as the instruction concerning the King of Israel, of who it is also written “He must be from among your own brothers,” in Deuteronomy 17:15, which is just one chapter before the “prophet like me (Moses)” verse in chapter 18.

By this, the Torah then teaches us that that “the King” is described by every verse in Torah related to the phrase “from…brothers.” This includes him being a prophet like Moses who is also “from among your brothers,” and:

Leviticus 21:10, the first use of the phrase, where it is found written: “the high priest, the one among his brothers who has the anointing oil poured on his head…”

What does Moshiach mean? Anointed one. This verse clearly is linked to the King of Israel of who the Torah also shares the phrase “among…brothers” in describing him. So then we see this phrase as being another key to unlocking the Torah’s teaching concerning the Messiah, in almost like a chronological progression, as He is also:

  • Messiah (anointed one) serves first in his function as High Priest from “among his brothers” (Lev 21:10),
  • then is counted as a poor man “among your brothers” who we are not to be “hardhearted” towards (Deut 15:7)
  • before he is appointed King “from among your own brothers” (Deut 17:15),
  • who then is reckoned like a Levite who the offerings are their inheritance, as well as HaShem as it is written “among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance” (Deut 18:2),
  • and then he as a prophet like Moses “from among your brothers,” who commands everything HaShem tells him (Deut 18:15,18),
  • and finally is counted as the one who dwelt in the burning bush and is the prince, as it is written he is one on whom is “him who dwelt in the burning bush. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.” (Deut 33:16).

Don’t let this post just leave you with those tidbits. Each of these verses in context further applies to the Messiah, as does the rest of Torah. If you believe what Moses wrote, then you will believe the Messiah is Yeshua, who Moses wrote about very clearly in all of the Torah.

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