Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Focus on Faith Devotional

By Dr. J.B. Morris
Jan. 21, 2018 at 4 a.m.

"God Promised A Prophet"

Moses, in Deuteronomy 18:15-20, is describing the role for the prophet. "The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your people" (v. 15). Such a prophet will not simply offer his own ideas; "I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command" (v. 18).

Just as Israel sought to know God's will, so do we. Even as we come to worship, we hope to gain insight into God's work and will in our lives. God responded to Israel's need with a unique gift: the prophets, who were messengers of God to his people. Jesus Christ was sent to our messenger. Although today we have the advantage of having God's Word, the scriptures, God still provides a prophetic ministry to his church toady.

The Israelities were forbidden to consult fortunetellers and spiritualists. They were to avoid pagan religious practices, which included child sacrifice (v. 10). How would they know the will of God or hear his word? The Lord promised to provide a prophetic spokesman like Moses, the prototype of the prophets. God has his spokesperson in each generation. He is not playing hid and seeks. God wants us to know and do his will, make known to us by his prophets. Although they often did point to future events, biblical prophets were not so much for tellers and forth tellers inspired preachers of the divine word.

God promised to rise up his prophets and to put his word in their mouths, enabling them to speak all he commands. Any power the prophets possessed derived form their divine calling and the continuing presence of God in their lives. Even today, God's messengers are called to declare the gospel with both its offer and its demand. We are not called to preach our opinions but the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Authentic prophets proclaim the life, teaching death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.

It is dangerous to presume on God and think too highly of oneself. That is the mark of a false prophet. The test of a true prophet is the fulfillment of God's purpose. The proof of the prophet is the authenticity of his or her preaching the Word. God speaks in many ways. He reveals himself in the beauty and dependability for the natural world his creation. God also speak in the human conscience giving us a sense of right and wrong. He communicates in history as well. God's will and purpose are discovered in the Holy Scripture. The clearest word from God is heard in the person of his son Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2)



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