The Greatest Prophet

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Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org

 

Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17

Deuteronomy 34:1-12

1Thessalonians 2:1-8

Matthew 22:34-46

 

There has never been a prophet in Israel like Moses. GNT  To over simplify, the job of a prophet is to interpret God’s message for other people.  Moses went to the mountain, listened to God, then brought his message down the mountain to the people.  Just hearing God is not enough.  Charles J. Guiteau heard God telling him to kill President Garfield.  The message from God must match up with what we know about God, difficult for those who are insane.

Sadly, many of the true prophets of God were declared insane and often killed in ancient times.  Today we place them in institutions.

Notice when we read about Moses that his sanity was also questioned.  It took forty years but he was able to convince the people that his message was directly from God.

Was he the Greatest Prophet?  Yes, until David.  Moses led the people through the experience that created the nation of Israel as it existed in Jesus’ day.  Exodus is all about God leading people out of sin and into the Promised Land.

David led Israel onto Zion, the home-away-from-home of God.  David created an earthly kingdom modeled on the Heavenly Kingdom, including interpreting the Word of God.

Jesus is the Greatest Prophet of all time because he combined the faith of Abraham, the Exodus leadership of Moses, and the Kingliness of David, while fulfilling all the promises made about the Messiah.  He interpreted God in ways no one else ever good.

When asked what is the greatest commandment, in reply he simply quoted the words of God that his listeners already knew (Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18), but added, The whole Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets depend on these two commandments. GNT  Jesus made it clear that we do not need to memorize the 600+ laws.  If we love, we follow God.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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