Dt 34:10 says “And there has not arisen a prophet in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face…” That puts some verses back in Dt 18 in greater highlight. Dt 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brethren.” And, Dt 18:22 “…when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken, the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, and you need not be afraid of him.” (RSV-2CE).
It seems that 34:10 ought to create a dilemma in the Old Testament [Hebrew Scriptures], because no one “like Moses” ever came along. Even the Samaritan woman at the well asks Jesus if he is “the” prophet. It seems that Judaism should not have taken Moses seriously, even today, because no one has arisen in Judaism who is “like Moses.” It seems that Dt sets up Moses for failure, because it’s going to be a long time before that prophecy will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ, if even the Jews had taken Jesus seriously. It seems that if Moses had not died in Dt 34, then he should have been unemployed until his prophecy was fulfilled. 18:22 says not just to not fear the prophecy, but to not fear even the prophet himself—everything that he has said, I presume.
So, my question is, in Judaism, why is Moses taken seriously, if Judaism does not reckon that his prophecy has been fulfilled? If a prophet is given an infinite amount of time for his prophecy to be fulfilled, then what is the meaning of the “command” in the law, that that prophet not be taken seriously?
Has Moses’ prophecy been so generously interpreted, that it virtually never has to be taken seriously? If one has to give Moses an eternity of time for his prophecy to be fulfilled, why does any of the Mosaic Law – the Torah – have to be adhered to, until it is shown to have been fulfilled?
Why would the author of Dt 34 go out of his way to point out that Moses’ prophecy has not been fulfilled, unless to discredit him? It doesn’t seem to Moses’ credit that a big prophecy has been unfulfilled. To an outsider, it seems ironic that on a major feast of Judaism – Simchat Torah – it would seem to be a very uncomfortable fact to point out, that a major prophecy of the Torah has been unfulfilled.