Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)
Sermon Text (Deuteronomy 18:15-19):
 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’  And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken.  I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. (ESV)
This Sunday we will be continuing our 4-week advent sermon series called, “The Promise of Christmas.” In this series we are examining a few of the most significant passages from the Old Testament that foretold and promised the coming of the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This Lord’s day we will primarily be focusing on Deuteronomy 18:15, where Moses tells the people that the LORD was going to raise up for them a prophet like him from among them, and they must listen to or heed that prophet!
Now one might think that Moses was here was simply talking about the idea of prophetic succession – in other words, that since Moses was about to die, surely the LORD would not leave the people without a prophet to instruct and lead them as they finally entered the promised land of Canaan.
Now that much was certainly true – the LORD raised up Joshua to take the proverbial baton from Moses and lead the children of Israel into Canaan. But in the closing words of the book of Deuteronomy we read the following:
 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.  And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,  none like him for all the signs and the wonders that the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,  and for all the mighty power and all the great deeds of terror that Moses did in the sight of all Israel. (Deuteronomy 34:9–12, ESV)
Did Joshua succeed Moses? Yes. Moses “laid his hands on him” and the people of Israel then “obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses” (v.9). So Joshua is rightly considered a prophet. But v.10-12 clearly tell us that although Joshua was a prophet, he was not “the” prophet like Moses who was to come. In fact, that promised “prophet” had not yet arisen in Israel at the time of the completion of the book of Deuteronomy!
So when did this prophet like Moses finally arrive on the scene of redemptive history? When did the LORD raise Him up from among the people of Israel? This took place at the coming of Christ Jesus Himself!
And the people of Israel in Jesus day knew enough to still be watching for His coming. In John 6:14 (after the feeding of the five thousand – a very Moses-like miracle!), we read:
“When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!”” (ESV)
Not just a prophet, but “the prophet who is to come.”
And even the Apostles themselves, after the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ testified that He was, in fact, the long-awaited Prophet like Moses who was to come. In Acts 3:22-26 Peter told the crowd:
 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.  And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’  And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days.  You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’  God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” (ESV)
Just is the the ultimate Prophet, the Son of God Himself who is God’s final Word to man for our salvation! Even as Hebrews 1:1-4 tells us,
 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (ESV)
We hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday, as we hear the Word of Christ preached to us from this great passage of Scripture!
***No Sunday Night Bible Study This Week***