WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
“And there arose not a prophet
since in Israel like unto Moses…”
THE PROPHET OF PROPHETS
Moses wrote in Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18:18, “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.”
Him shall ye hear: Moses prophesied that a greater prophet would come. This greatest among the prophets refers to the Lord Jesus Christ. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…” (Heb 1:1-2). The last and final revelation is the Son of God and no other messenger will come after Him. Since He is the Prophet, Moses enjoined everyone that to Him alone shall they hear. The high priest and the chief priests too must hear Him.
Him shall ye receive: Moses received the lively oracles from God. The Ten Commandments should lead a person to life. It is not life itself for it cannot give life, but it points to the life: “wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith” (Gal 3:24). If a person receives only the commandments and does not follow its direction to come to Christ by faith, he remains dead. He must receive Christ: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…” (John 1:12).
Him shall ye worship: They, who rejected the Messiah, resorted to worship other gods. They could not receive what the commandments through Moses pointed to. They did not look towards the coming of the Messiah, who is the Lord Jesus Christ. They worshipped and offered sacrifices to the idols they had made. The high priest and members of the Sanhedrin may not have worshipped physical idols, but they idolised man-made traditions.
Do you consider the Ten Commandments important for believers today? Do you worship the living and true God?
THOUGHT: Do I have idols in my life?
PRAYER: Father, help me to worship Thee alone through Thy Son.