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01 February 2015

Sermon: Ephphany 4B (OT)

1 February AD 2015
also The Third Sunday after the Epiphany, Series B

Title: A Prophet Like No Other (MP3 Audio)

Deuteronomy 18:15 Summary: The time drew near for Israel to enter the Promised Land. The Lord had already told Moses that his leadership would end before the people crossed the Jordan. He also prepared a successor to Moses — Joshua, Moses’ trusted assistant, would both lead Israel and intercede on its behalf.

Was this the “prophet like me” whom Moses foretold? Or was God holding back on revealing Moses’ true successor until sometime later? The Lord certainly blessed Joshua’s leadership. Israel’s crossing of the Jordan under him hearkened back to their crossing of the Red Sea under Moses. And in Canaan, Israel prospered when they listened to Joshua’s voice and found trouble when then didn’t — much as it was with Moses during the Exodus.

However, it wasn’t until many centuries had passed that the true and ultimate Prophet came. He not only was like Moses, leading people from captivity to freedom, but like no other prophet. He didn’t merely speak and act on behalf of the Lord but did so as the Lord. He rescued not only one nation from earthly bondage to another but delivered all people from everlasting bondage to sin, death, and Devil.

Text: [Moses said,] “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers — it is to him you shall listen — just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’

“And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.

“‘But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’” Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of A Prophet Like No Other.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 111; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13; Mark 1:21-28

Illustration: Composite of images from Free Bible Images: The Word in Pictures.

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