A Prophet Like Myself

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by Jusben
by Jusben

 

Deuteronomy 18:15-20 
Psalm 111
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28 

 

Moses reassures the people that they will always have someone like Moses to lead them.  Up to the terrible time in Babylon the Hebrew understanding of Moses’ promise was that God would call upon judges or kings to guide them, but the new understanding focused more on the promise of the coming Messiah.  The early followers of Jesus, who were all Jews, never doubted that Moses spoke specifically of the Messiah.

Most of the religious authorities in Jerusalem believed that Moses did promise the Messiah.  But they could not accept his coming from Hicksville, Galilee.  He had to be a priest or king or prophet or mighty warrior.  While Jesus was all those, they could not see it.

When Jesus commanded demons to leave a man, they failed to see God controlling the Father of Lies choosing instead to attack the timing.  Why did he not wait until sundown when the Sabbath ended?  The Messiah would never heal someone on the Sabbath; therefore, he must be an imposter.  We must do as Moses instructed:  But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to deathNIV

We who are religious, who are Christian are just as prone to see people around us violating the rules as we understand them.  We are quick to condemn their actions and usually to avoid them.  We are not so quick to seriously consider the rule itself and make sure it really is God’s command.  Everyone knows God ordered us to never touch pork, so why do we eat it?  Why do we eat shrimp when it is an abomination to God?  Why do many protestants avoid using wine for communion when Jesus told us to drink the wine, not Welch’s grape juice?

Many of the church at Corinth understood Jesus’ teaching to mean that all the old rules were thrown out.  I can do what I want.  Paul has to remind us that it is not about us, it is about what God wants and God wants us to serve one another, not hurt one another.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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