Google+ 02/15/13 Are You Listening?

Deuteronomy 18:15

 

Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me

From among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.  

 

Acts 3:20, 22

 

Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord,

And he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah.

Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people.

Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’ 

 

I am always concerned as a minister about my "Family of God" accepting the Bible as the full canon of the Word of God.  One of the things that will help those of you that might have doubt about this fact, is examining how many different times the New Testament quotes the Old Testament.  Today's Scriptures are designed to help you see just one of those "agreement events" between the two Bible Testaments.  Our Old Testament Scripture finds Moses telling the Jewish people about the coming of another "prophet like me" from their own population and race.  Keep in mind, that Moses is speaking to the Jewish people AFTER their exodus from Egypt.  The miracles Moses had done, with God, had been nothing short of amazing.  Even though the Jewish people complained about the wilderness, it was far better, in the long run, than the tyranny of Pharaoh.  The thought of another prophet showing up, as sent by God for just the Israelites, had to be of major excitement and awe for all of them.  Fast forward to Luke speaking in the book of Acts.  Now we have progressed to the fact that Jesus, a Jew, has already been sent to earth and accomplished His prophetic mission.  Jesus has ascended and Luke quotes Moses, from the Old Testament, as an encouragement to the remaining believers that have become members of the First Church of Christ!  They need this encouragement, as things have not gone well for the Jewish people, based on their own disobedience.  That's why Luke quotes Moses and emphasizes the last phrase "listen carefully to everything He tells you."  Sometimes as Christians, we are too busy "talking" to God and not busy enough "listening" to God.  The Bible is our "Christian Handbook."  God knew every problem that Satan would through at us in our daily walk on this earth and placed guiding principles on each subject in our "Handbook."  God knew in the Garden of Eden.  That's why He forbid Adam and Eve from eating from the one tree.  They didn't listen either.  Jesus walked this earth, and for 3 1/2 years, He preached the "Gospel of God."  He warned the Jewish people and the Sanhedrin.  He warned the high priests and the teachers of the law.  He warned the "wise men."  When you get right down to it, He warned Herod and Pilate!  At the cross, there were two women and one man that listened.  We "people of God" don't have a very good track record of listening!  Today, the Holy Spirit is talking.   The Holy Spirit is talking through many different people and situations to "God's chosen people" all over the world.  Are we listening?  History says no!  So, as you walk with God today, through your worldly duties, try talking less and listening more.  Watch your surroundings and your encounters with people.  Commune and break bread with your "Family of God."  If you don't have one, build one quickly, because "God's chosen people" need each other.   Be careful not to "listen" to the wrong voice.  Remember that Satan often talks louder and more often than God.  You will never hear anyone that understands Satan say, "listen to the still small voice of the devil!"  Lucifer never speaks in a "still small voice."  One of the reasons, is Satan knows what we will "listen" to and what we won't, and he wants us to hear him.  God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and believes we should have the privilege to listen, not the obligation.  Respect God's mercy and grace to have given us a choice.  Then, choose wisely.  Are you listening?

Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your own people. Listen carefully to everything he tells you.’