Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Messiah: Fulfillment of the promise.Deut:18:15-22
V 17 The Lord said to me, What they say is good, I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth.
By Biblical definition, prophets are truth-tellers. The word prophet has been so redefined by modern society and even Christians have a hard time accepting the concept. Many of us have a mental picture of a prophet as a man with straggling hair, with big eyes wide open with predictions of the future, however, the Biblical prophets are spokesmen for God, sent by God, speak in the Lord's name and what they say will come true. As we look at v.17, the prophet is more concerned with the delivery of God's instructions for now and then as God needs it than just predicting the future as he thinks. The predictions of prophets focus on the consequences of disobedience to God's law.
Prophet Jonah, for example, disobeyed God's command when asked to go to Ninevah to preach impending judgment from God. Upon repentance from his disobeying, God allowed him to continue his mission which turned away the deserved judgment of the people of Ninevah. A prophet to be trustworthy, he should be sent by the Lord and speaks in Lord's name, filled with the spirit of God, and his prophecy will come to pass. So it is important to safeguard ourselves from fortune tellers with tarot cards, and psychic friends who are not at all from the Lord. Throughout the history of Israel, prophets like Nathan, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel ministered to Israelites calling them for repentance and to remain in full obedience to the Lord.
Jesus in His ministry was looked back as a prophet by the apostles, in the beginning, later they witnessed Him as son of God who was incarnated as the promised Messiah to the sinful world for the redemption of sins. Hebrew chapter 1 pictures Jesus - but in the lst days he has spoken to us by His son whom he appointed heir of all things and through whom he made the whole universe.. 2Peter 2:20says” no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy spirit, they spoke what Lord told them – which is consistent with the passage we meditated from deuternomy chapter 15.
Lord Jesus, we believe that you are th son of God who came to the world at the fullness of time, and died on the cross, and earned us redemption from our sins. Amen.
Thought of the Day
John3: 34 “for the one whom God has sent speaks of the word of God. For God gave him the spirit without limit.”
Jesus is the fullmess of God's word and is the full revelation of God.
Dr.JohnK.Thomas Tabor MTC