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"A Prophet Who Profits"

August 5, 2005

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The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. Deuteronomy 18:15

Moses, like a gem of many facets, had many talents. Although not an orator (“Lord, I have never been eloquent … I am slow of speech and tongue” [Exodus 4:10]), he was a national leader, lawgiver, psalmist (Psalm 90), and prophet. He spoke of the Messiah as the great Prophet of whom he was a type.

Not only Moses but others as well had prophesied of the ransom, the redemption, the forgiveness of sins that was to come through Him who was not only David’s descendant but his Lord as well. God revealed this, said Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, in his Benedictus song, “through His holy prophets of long ago” (Luke 1:70). This revelation was recorded in the sacred writings of the Old Testament.

As the New Testament opened, we find Zechariah the priest adding to the messianic prophecies by saying that his newborn son John “will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him” (Luke 1:76).

In fulfillment of all prophecies, Jesus Christ came into the world as the great Prophet of whom Moses spoke. By word and deed He proclaimed Himself as the promised Messiah who had come to redeem sinners and reconcile them to God. This redemption is ours, as the Scripture teaches, “through faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 3:22). He truly is the Lamb of God sacrificed for us.

Because this Prophet profits us so greatly, both in this life and in the life to come, we can join in the heavenly chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:12).

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to redeem us sinners and reconcile us to You. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 127-129    Acts 18

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