Messiah was to be a prophet like Moses
In Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 it says, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. (God speaking next.) ‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.'”
In John 7:40 we see the fulfillment, ” Some of the people therefore, when they heard these words, were saying, ‘This certainly is the Prophet.'” These people heard Jesus speak and were amazed at what He said. In verse 41, some wonder if He is the Christ.
For further reading, I suggest all of Acts 3 when Peter heals the lame beggar. The witnesses to this miracle are amazed at what they have seen and so they follow Peter, John and the beggar up the eastern steps of the temple. At this point Peter questions them as to why they are amazed at this when God has done something greater through Jesus and then he preaches a sermon. Toward the end of his sermon he recounts the prophecy given by God to Moses that you read in Deuteronomy.
If you’ve read Hebrews, then the passage in Deuteronomy resonates with you greatly. Remember how Hebrews begins? “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.” Then later the author of Hebrews reminds the recipients of the letter to not refuse Him who is speaking (12:25).
The prophesied ultimate Prophet came. Peter is disturbed because the people who witnessed the miracle he had done did not give the Messiah, Jesus Christ, that same or greater awe. These people had the word from the prophets regarding the coming Messiah and yet they had refused Him, the living Word.
Jesus’ life and ministry was more than that of just a prophet. He was better than any prophet, as we have studied Hebrews and seen the author remind us. He was better than the angels whose words from God were obeyed. He was better than the prophets whose words from God were often ignored.
He was better then. He is still better now. He has come and will come again. Do not refuse Him who is speaking.