ADVENT STUDY: Jesus is Greater { DAY 5 }

Advent Study: He Is Faithful: Being a Prophet likened to Moses

READ: Deut 18:15-18, Acts 3:20-2-2, John 6:14

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, according to all you desired of the Lord your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.’ “And the Lord said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good. I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. {Deut 18: 15-18, NKJV}

“and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. {Acts 3:20-22, NKJV}

We have all found ourselves waiting for something better than our “right now.” We feel like we have been given a tiny glimpse of the abundant life God has for us. Maybe even just a taste of it and the hope that something greater is on the way for us…if we will simply wait. I guess you could say that I have been in a season of learning to wait well. It hasn’t been the easiest thing for me, but I can say that it’s honestly been the best thing for me in building faith and learning to lean on him more than I lean on anyone else. Waiting is not something that we are naturally good at. We skip to the end of the book just to see how it ends. We rummaged through our mother’s closet as children hoping to find the gifts that would soon be underneath the tree. We peek when someone says, “Close your eyes and hold out your hand.” Why? Because we want to know what is coming next. But, even more than that, we want to know that what is coming next is better than what we imagined or hoped for.

We wait with a promise that belongs to us and after a considerable amount of time passes, we lose hope and stop looking for the fulfillment of that promise. Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of Jesus. In these two passages of scripture we see the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise, the coming of Christ, that through him we would have the ultimate Mediator of a better covenant.

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.” {Hebrews 8:6, NKJV}

 It was hard for those gathered around Moses to fathom anyone greater than him. They were hoping for someone “like” him, but what they got was far greater.

“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1: 17, NKJV)

One prophet gave them the law and the other Prophet gave them all the grace they would ever need.

God gifts are always better than anything we have in mind.


REFLECT:
  • Are you finding it difficult to wait on God? Or even fathom that what He has in mind for you is far greater than anything you could imagine?
  • What areas in your life have been grace-filled? Thanking God for his provision of grace will lift your faith.
  • Is there a way that you can give the gift of grace to someone this holiday season?

 

PRAYER: 

Lord,We come to you with hearts filled with thanks for your endless grace that never runs out. Teach us how to wait expectantly on you and help us to grasp what that really means. You are a God who fulfills every promise and what you have in mind for us is always better than anything we can hope for or imagine.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson
Jennifer Watson is a writer, youth minister, pastor’s wife, mother of two, and typical lipstick loving Southern girl. Jennifer has been in ministry for seventeen years and loves to speak at women’s retreats and special events. She likes her tea hot and sweet with lots of sugar and cream.

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