Sermons from May 2021
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?