FRIDAY, APRIL 28
Scripture: Deuteronomy 18:18-22
Verses 18-22 say, “’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. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.” The Lord promised to raise up for Israel a prophet like Moses. God said He would put His words in his mouth. That prophet is Jesus and it shall be that whoever will not hear His words which this prophet speaks in God’s name that God would require it of the hearer. What does it mean if we are not going to do the Word? It goes on to say that the prophet who presumes to speak a word in God’s name which He had not commanded him to speak or he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. Who in scripture carried the fear of the Lord? The answer is, the prophets! The job of the prophets is to establish the fear of the Lord in their generation. If Jesus functions as a prophet like Moses in the church, then His job is establishing the fear of the Lord. Where is that? Where is the fear of the Lord in the church today? Do we really see Jesus as a prophet like Moses? Or do we see Jesus as fully and exclusively the Savior. When the church only sees Jesus as the Savior, the nation suffers. If we see Him as the Judge, or as a prophet like Moses who brings great judgments in order to set people free, many in darkness would repent. Why don’t they? In part it could be an unwillingness to say yes to tongues. They do not want to say yes to praying in the Spirit. This passage says, that ‘they would not hear.’ They have the fruit of not hearing and only relate to Jesus as Savior and often in such a place do not connect to the fear of the Lord and the God of might and power. When are we going to see the fullness of Who Jesus is? Demonstrations are needed!