I will raise up for them a prophet like you [Moses] from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. – Deuteronomy 18:18 (NKJV)
The children of Israel had many prophets among them. Someone right there to be the megaphone of God telling them what to do, how to do it, and what will happen if they don’t! History shows us that being “spoon fed” did not keep them from continually doing the wrong things over and over again. With Jesus, came a new strategy – personal responsibility. Now it would be our job to study the Word of God, discern what it means for our lives, practice it daily, and learn how to become what God wants us to be and do. This would be the price of a personal relationship with Him, being responsible for the paths we choose, but never having to take the journey alone.
Thank you for the opportunity to know You in a personal way, to hear Your voice through Your Word, and to feel Your presence in my decisions.
Throughout this week, read the gospel of Matthew in any version of the Bible you prefer. Matthew, the writer, is believed to be one of Jesus’ disciples, a tax collector and a Jew. Because of his perspective, this book was primarily written to a Jewish audience and emphasizes how this one and only Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the ancient prophecies (our Old Testament scripture) for which they had been waiting. Matthew puts Jesus’ life and ministry in the context of His time, His place and people. May this exercise encourage you to begin a Bible reading plan that will enable you to read the entire Bible in one year. Understanding our God in full context, through time and the eyes of many inspired writers, will enrich your life and your journey with Him.
-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©