Having healed a lame man, Peter speaks to the gathered crowd about the Jesus who has done the healing. “Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people’”(Acts 3:22-23). Long ago, Moses foretold a prophet like him—a spokesman for God whose word will be strictly enforced. For centuries, prophets have come and gone, yet none have been the Prophet—until Jesus. He is the one like Moses—and his words are not to be ignored.
It is not just Moses. “And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days”(Acts 3:24). The days of the messiah are the focus of all the prophets. It is time for Peter and his audience to be certain they are on the same page with God. Because of their unique placement as children of the prophets and the Abrahamic covenant, these Jews have received the first news of this fulfillment. “God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness”(Acts 3:26). God has done his part in every way; our job is to believe in him and turn from our sins.
It is important that we grasp that the entirety of the Old Testament points forward toward days of God’s blessing and a unique spokesman. When we see Jesus fulfilling these centuries-old prophecies, it adds to the seriousness they deserve. God has promised for a long time to send his Son. Can I afford to ignore or disobey him?
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I really believe that those who don’t listen to Jesus will be punished? Do I believe that about myself?
One Thing to Pray For: Ears to listen to Jesus in whatever he tells me
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