This blog intends to promote the simple reading and explanation of Scripture. "Man shall not live by bread alone..." This means that there is more to living life than eating, working and sleeping. "but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God." God's word provides the nutrients we need to live a purposeful and obedient life. Verse for Today intends to feed this need.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Verse for Today Blog Deuteronomy 18:15 (click to read)
“The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”
This is one of the major prophecies from Moses regarding the coming Messiah. This expectation becomes evident during the course of Jesus earthy ministry. We hear hints of this after the Sermon on the Mount when the people say that Jesus taught with authority and them not as the scribes.
When John the Baptist began his ministry along the Jordan he was asked several occasions if he was the Prophet. He proclaims that he is not the Prophet, but that the He is soon to come. When he sees Christ before his baptism, he proclaims, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
There are several places that Deuteronomy is quoted with reference to Christ. The most clearly in Acts 3. However, one of the most striking is found in John 6 after Jesus fed the 5000 we read the conclusion of the multitude.
13 ”Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. 14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”” There is a similar reference in John 7:31:
“And many of the people believed in Him, and said, “When the Christ comes, will He do more signs than these which this Man has done?””
In conclusion note the implication of what should be done when the Prophet appears. We must listen to him. These words are echoed in the transfiguration… when God the Father thunders from heaven, “THIS IS MY WELL BELOVED SON, LISTEN TO HIM!“