ADVENT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT—DAY 8
Deuteronomy 18:14-18 Then Moses said, “In the land you about to occupy, people follow the advice of those who practice divination and look for omens, but the LORD your God does not allow you to do this. Instead, He will send you a prophet like me from among your own people, and you are to obey him.
On the day that you were gathered at Mount Sinai, you begged not to hear the LORD speak again or to see his fiery presence any more, because you were afraid you would die. So the LORD said to me, ‘They have made a wise request. I will send them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will tell him what to say, and he will tell the people everything I command.
Jesus is Savior, Messiah, Son of God, Teacher, Healer, but He is also the prophet like Moses. Indeed, there were a long line of prophets in Israel’s history, men and women who delivered God’s messages and guidance to the people. Advent represents the awaiting of the culmination of God’s messages. Indeed, the last book of the Bible, commonly called the Revelation of John, should better be called the Message of Jesus. We are yet curious about the future and tempted to seek advice from fortune tellers and prognosticators of different kinds. We are yet afraid to hear God too clearly or to have Him too close. So God has sent One from among us to speak, not just to us, but for us. And God says, “This is my beloved Son—listen to Him.”
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for speaking through your prophets, and thank you that Jesus is one of them, but not just one of them. In Jesus’s words and example of love You have made sense of the message of Moses and all of the prophets. Grant me to make sense of my world in and through Your Word, your Word in the Scriptures and your Word in the continuing presence of Jesus in my life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Through Him who is your Word made flesh. Amen.