The Whisper of a Faithful Prophet Whom We Desperately Need
Mike Bullmore / December 22, 2019
BIBLE PASSAGE FOR THIS SERMON
A New Prophet like Moses
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’ 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the Lord has not spoken?’— 22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
Sermon Application Questions – 12/22/19
- What is the main implication of Jesus being a prophet? (Note: There is a great clue in Matt 17:5.) How does this get worked out practically in our lives?
- Many religions are glad to recognize Jesus as a prophet. How does Christianity differ when it says Jesus was a prophet? Does the idea of Jesus as a mediator make a difference here?
- Over these past weeks we’ve seen “whisperings” of the coming one as a prophet, as a priest/sacrifice, and as a king. How might seeing Jesus in these ways affect your celebration of Christmas this year?
Our sermon this morning is the fourth in the series, “The Earliest Whisperings of a Coming One.” It is titled, “The Whisper of a Faithful Prophet Whom We Desperately Need.” The sermon text for today is Deuteronomy 18:15-22.