The Promised Prophet
READ: Deuteronomy 18:14-19 The Promise to Send a Prophet 14Then Moses said, “In the land you are about to occupy, people follow the advice of those who practice divination and look for omens, but the Lord your God does not allow you to do this.15 Instead, he will send you a prophet like me from among your own people, and you are to obey him. 16“On the day that you were gathered at Mount Sinai, you begged not to hear the Lord speak again or to see his fiery presence anymore, because you were afraid you would die.17 So the Lord said to me, ‘They have made a wise request.18I will send them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will tell him what to say, and he will tell the people everything I command.19 He will speak in my name, and I will punish anyone who refuses to obey him.
THE PROMISED PROPHET This is one of many examples in the Old Testament that encourages the people of Israel in the moment. Moses makes a request to God, and God is faithful. He answers it immediately. But it doesn’t stop there—this is just the beginning of a big and beautiful cycle because God would raise up other people, other prophets, to be his mouthpiece. God worked through the prophets to help his people know God and obey him. We see many of their names in the Old Testament’s Table of Contents. Yet there is a fuller meaning to this passage. As we look at verse 15, we see Jesus. God would not only send prophets to direct the people of Israel, rather, God himself would come in human form. God’s ultimate mouthpiece was Jesus--God in the flesh; Immanuel--God with us. Let’s continue to celebrate the coming of our Prophet, Priest, and King.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank you for answering the request of the people in this passage. Thank you for Moses and the prophets of the Old Testament, and for the ways, you used them to interact with your people and point to the coming of Jesus. Thank you for your faithfulness. Amen.
DIG DEEPER: Is there a request that you are reluctant to present to God? Ask him. Thank God that he hears our prayers and he will do what is best. For the next two days, we’ll read how God uses the prophet, Nathan, to bring an encouraging message to King David.
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