The Prophet and The Great Commission

This Sunday I’ll be preaching on Deuteronomy 34, especially 34:10-12 and the identity/characteristics of The Prophet in Deuteronomy 18:14-22.

I will also be highlighting one of the most important values of our church: obeying the Great Commission.

As I’ve thought through the passage, and how to highlight what our church does to obey the Great Commission, I’ve been struck by a few important points of connection.

Most importantly, is that The Prophet, of whom it is said, “you must listen to Him” (Deuteronomy 18:15) is Jesus, of whom the Father declared, in the presence of Elijah and Moses, at the Transfiguration “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to him” (Matthew 17:5).

It is this same Jesus who commands us to go out and make disciples. From the testimony of the Father, we must listen to Him and obey.

Second, Jesus tells go out “teaching everything I have commanded you.” Part of what it means to make disciples, is to teach people to obey the Father, by obeying the commandments of the Son. This is important because, as God says in Deuteronomy 18:19 “I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name.”

Finally, the final compiler of Deuteronomy, the one who wrote Deuteronomy 34:10-12, was clearly looking forward to the future hope of The Prophet. The Gospel of Jesus contains within it the double joy of proclaiming the truth the future is already here and that the fullness of our hope is yet to come. Jesus has already come, died for our sins and been raised to eternal life, conquering sin and death. And, Jesus is coming again, to restore all things and to reign in the fullness of His glory, not only to defeat sin and death – which He has already done – but to destroy them completely.

Happy Thanksgiving.

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