National Day and national strength (part 3)
Week 33: 12/08/2023. Sat
Deuteronomy 18:15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— (ESV)
To sustain that nation mentioned by Moses, God promised and provided prophets and leaders to lead His people through times of change and threats.
This promise ultimately came to be identified with one particular Prophet—Jesus Christ. In Acts 3:22, Peter, preaching to those assembled in Jerusalem assembled on Pentecost shortly after Jesus' resurrection and ascension, pointed to Jesus as the one for that time and forevermore.
Like Moses, Jesus was a deliverer and teacher too. However, more than Moses and greater than Moses was He. Jesus was "counted worthy of more glory than Moses" (Hebrews 3:3a). This Christ "is faithful over God's house as a son. And we are his house, if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope" (Hebrews 3:5–6). Will our own little "house" survive?
APPLICATION: National strength and prosperity depended on the acceptance duties and responsibilities by both leadership and people, and the functioning of institutions and people according to the protection and benefits of following God's values and laws.
While law and order can only be sustainably upheld by men and women of integrity who commanded respect by their life examples, self-care requires ourselves to protect our hearts from irreparable disappointment when human or human institutions fail, sooner or later.
In such a case, we look to God to send among men and women the One who would speak on God's behalf today, One who would exhort others on God's behalf, not only as prophet, but also Priest and King.