Deuteronomy 18:17–18: “And the LORD said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.’”

December 2nd, 2019 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Moses was the first and greatest of the prophets, but God promised that someday in the future (14 centuries later), He would introduce to them another Prophet. A Prophet who would have the same access to God as Moses. Moses said He would be “a Prophet like me” who meets with God face-to-face, a Jew “from among their brethren.” This Prophet would be careful to speak only what God had given Him to say, acting as a mediator (a go-between). He would be an advocate (on behalf of man to God) and an intercessor (between sinful man and holy God). He would be a spokesman for the eternal God.

Of course, looking at this from a New Testament perspective, we clearly see that Jesus is the Prophet foretold of way back in Deuteronomy. The Apostle John tells us that very thing in John 6:14: “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.’” Acts 7:37 also agrees: “This is that Moses who said to the children of Israel, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear.'” Notice the authority this Prophet holds. Anyone who did not listen to and obey this Prophet would answer to God.

As believers we have heard Him in the sense that we have heard and obeyed the good news. And as Acts 7:37 says, we still have the daily responsibility and privilege of listening to Jesus. We hear His voice in the Word, and He speaks back to us in prayer. Of course His voice is a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12) and is easily drowned out by the “tyranny of the urgent” as author Charles E. Hummel calls the many daily things of life that must be done. Jesus does not shout over the noise of the business and distractions that try to crowd out His voice. We must take time daily to sit at His feet, and listen for what He would speak to us.

“LORD, today we give You our undivided attention and ask that You would break through the roar with Your quiet voice. We desire to follow Your way. Speak to our hearts we ask in Jesus’ name.”