In Deuteronomy 18:9-22 Moses speaks of a “prophet like Moses”, like himself, whom God will raise up. This prophet, who is the Lord Jesus Christ (see part 1), is the one who perfectly reveals God, identifies with his people, works great wonders among them, and saves them from their sins. In all of these things, Christ is not only like Moses but actually far surpasses him.
In Matthew 7:13-14 Christ begins his concluding exhortations for the Sermon on the Mount. He exhorts his listeners to enter by the narrow gate. In doing this Christ puts two options before everyone: life and death. There is a broad way that leads to death and a narrow way that leads to life. How do you enter the narrow gate? Faith in Christ. How do you walk on the narrow way? Walking in obedience to Christ.
In Deuteronomy 18:9-22 God promises to raise up a “prophet like Moses” for the people of God, but Deuteronomy 34:10-12 indicates that this had not happened (written sometime after Moses’ death). Ultimately, though all prophets resemble Moses in some way, none are like him. Who is the prophet like Moses? Who fulfills the prophecy of Deuteronomy 18:9-22? The Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 7:12 Jesus, summarizing everything he’s said in the Sermon on the Mount, gives the famous “golden rule”. The sum of the Law and the Prophets (the OT) is to do unto others as you would have them do to you. What does this entail? How does this rule fulfill the law? Is this unique to Christianity?
In Deuteronomy 18:1-8 Moses gives instructions concerning contributions for the Levites. Because they maintain the worship of God, they are to receive support from sacrifices brought to the sanctuary. The same principle applies to those who preach the gospel (1 Cor. 9:13-14). Ultimately, failing to support those who labor in the worship of God is a sign of spiritual weakness.
In Matthew 7:7-11 Christ commands his disciples to pray. Why? Because God hears the prayers of His people and answers them. This ought to encourage Christians to pray to God for all of their needs. If a sinful father knows to give good things to his children, so God gives good things to his children.
In Deuteronomy 17:14-20 Moses details the laws for the king. In contrast to the nations around Israel, these laws severely limit the power of the king because the king himself must recognize God’s superior power, that is, the king himself is under the law of God. This has implications for government today. As Samuel Rutherford argued “The Law is King”. The biblical form of government is limited.
“Judge not, lest you be judged.” This verse from Matthew 7 is probably the most misquoted and applied verse in the Bible. Typically it is used to denounce Christians for pointing out sin in the world. This, however, is required in the gospel. What does the verse mean? Fundamentally it means that one ought not to judge with a measure that one is not willing to see applied to oneself. Ultimately this measure is to be the Word of God,…
Justice is something easily misunderstood. All seek to do what is right and just, but what does the Bible say about justice? In Deuteronomy 16:18-17:13 Moses addresses this issue as he begins to expound the 5th commandment. Justice is ultimately found in the just judge of all the Earth, God Himself, who will judge the world in righteousness. Biblical justice is a reflection of Him. In describing this justice, Moses points to it being free from bribery or partiality. …
Many people today feel constantly stressed, like there is no peace. Christ addresses this issue in Matthew 6:25-34, where He shows that not being worried follows from serving God rather than Mammon (6:24). Ultimately, God is the one who provides for the needs of His people as He does the needs of all of His creatures. In light of this truth, along with the fact that life is more than simply the things of this life (6:25), Christians ought to…
In 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Paul emphasizes that the death and resurrection of Christ happened historically according to the Scriptures. This resurrection is absolutely foundational to salvation such that without the resurrection of Christ no one can be saved. Pastor Grasso here explains the historical witness to the resurrection and the way in which it was attested in Scripture before the coming of Christ.
How is Christ’s resurrection related to your salvation? In Ephesians 2:1-10 Paul explains that you are dead in your sins but God made you alive together with Christ. Salvation is resurrection and not just any resurrection but it is union with Christ such that His resurrection becomes yours. For the believer the spiritual life you have is the life of the resurrected life of Christ. “He is not here, for he has risen, as he said.” – Matthew 28:6