Today is the 33rd day that we have been counting the omer. In just 17 days we will arrive at Shavuot/Feast of Weeks/Pentecost
Moses makes an interesting statement in Deuteronomy 18:15. “Yehovah will raise up for you a prophet like me from among yourselves, from your own kinsmen. You are to pay attention to him.” (CJB) The New Living Translations says, “You must listen to him.” In fact, Moses said that they were to HEAR and OBEY this Prophet. That is what the Hebrew word “shama´” (‘listen’) means.
All throughout time from Moses’ statement to New Testament days, the people were looking for this person, this prophet that Moses said would come. In fact, in John 1:21, the people of Judah send out priests to ask John the Baptist, “Are you ‘the prophet’, the one we’re expecting?” A few chapters later, Jesus says to them, “Do not think that I need to accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is the one in whom you trust – Moses! If you had believed Moses, you would now believe me, because he wrote of me.” But their eyes were blinded. Many of the people living at that time missed the fact that Jesus is THE PROPHET about whom Moses was speaking.
As we head rapidly toward Pentecost, it is my prayer that we do not take lightly the truth of Jesus, the Father’s Anointed Son who is our Prophet, our High Priest, and our soon coming King. It is very easy to become so comfortable knowing Truth that the gravity and power of the Truth, Jesus, becomes commonplace in our minds. It becomes habit with no forethought. We build our own kingdoms in our minds, and then we rely on ourselves just like the scribes and Pharisees did. They had built their own system and were so sure that it was perfect, that they did not even see THE PROPHET that Moses had told them would come.
We, who call ourselves believers, must hear and obey this PROPHET. The only way that we can stay fresh in our relationship with God is to be intentional each day, reading His Word, talking with Him, believing what He says and acting on it and asking for His guidance. Choose today to be intentional with God so that you can truthfully say that you “shama´” this Prophet, Jesus the Anointed One from God!
May 14, 2020