Devarim / Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9
For the week of August 29, 1998
7 Elul 5758
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him (Devarim / Deuteronomy 18:18).
These words are in contrast to God's prohibition against sorcery and divination. These acts seek to manipulate created forces in order to ascertain or affect both the material and spiritual worlds. Throughout the centuries people have attempted to do this for a variety of reasons. But apart from these various motives God speaks against such acts themselves.
Instead he says that he would use people called prophets. God would speak to these prophets, who would then relay God's messages to the people in general.
It seems that God's desire originally was to speak to all his people directly. He says,
The people had asked not to be addressed directly by God, but rather receive his words through Moses. In keeping with this wish, God would send others like Moses to the people.
There are a few things for us to take note of:
First, God speaks. Whether it is to the prophet directly or through the prophet to others God speaks to people. We see this over and over again throughout the entire Bible. No matter how uncomfortable we may be with this notion, it was, and still is, the case.
Second, God is alive and well. And he who is alive is not far off. God communicates with people. We are not left just trying to figure out God by deducing his truths through what has been written nor through our observations of life.
Third, we must avoid the temptation to determine God's will through our own devices. And it is not just people like tea leave readers who do this. We often seek to read circumstances, or pick Bible verses at random, or go by feelings to determine what God's will may be in a certain circumstance. God wants to communicate to us by revelation.
Finally, the prophetic tradition in Israel was to prepare us for God's greatest revelation of all, the Messiah. In fact, the term "the Prophet" became associated with the coming of the Messiah or a messiah-like person.
No prophet ever communicated God to us like Yeshua has:
Yeshua did not just communicate God's word to us, but is himself the very revelation of God.
God wants us to really know him, not just know about him. Let us hear his voice.
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