Reflections: Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 18:15-19

Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 40:18-41:10; Revelation 8:1-13

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. (Deuteronomy 18:18)

 

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. If there was anyone who spoke the Law of God to His people, it was Moses. At God’s command, Moses was the Lawgiver. God wrote it with His fiery finger on Mt. Sinai and Moses carried it down to God’s people. There were other faithful prophets like Aaron and Nathan, so why was Moses better? Why did God say, “I will raise up a prophet like you?” 

Moses interceded for his people. They were afraid of God’s harsh Law and did not want to deal with God directly, so Moses stood between them and God. 

Moses delivered God’s people. Moses stood before Israel’s captor, Pharaoh, and spoke for God. “Let my son go, that he may serve me” (Exodus 4:23). God used Moses to put the Passover in place, where blood and a lamb would defend His people from death. God used Moses to lead those same people to the Promised land. This prophet will be hard to beat.

We are in the fourth week of Advent. Very soon we will celebrate when the sinless Son of God took on frail flesh and blood and was born into our world. In the manger in Bethlehem the greater Moses will be swaddled. 

This greatest Prophet will also intercede for you. Because of your sin, God’s wrath should destroy you, but there, between you and the wrath of God, is Jesus, the greater Moses, intervening on your behalf. This greatest Prophet hangs on the Cross for you. The Law that damns sinners is fulfilled completely by the greatest Prophet and then graciously gifted to you. The greater Moses, Christ the Lamb of God, delivered you from your death sentence.

Jesus is the greatest Prophet and the greatest Priest. He offered Himself as the greatest sacrifice. His blood shed, once for all, forgives you every sin of commission and omission. Jesus our great High Priest does not point us ahead to a future Savior. He fulfilled the Passover just like he fulfilled the Law of God, for you, dear saint. His blood shed. His body given to you, and you are forgiven. 

Jesus is our great Prophet, greater than Moses. Jesus is our great High Priest, offering Himself as your total and complete sacrifice. In just a few days we remember again that Jesus is our great High King, born to serve, love, and forgive you. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

His wondrous works and ways He made by Moses known, But sent the world His truth and grace By His belovèd Son. (“O Bless the Lord, My Soul” LSB 814, st.6)

Rev. Randy Sturzenbecher is pastor of Divine Shepherd Lutheran Church, Black Hawk, SD. He is also the vice president of Higher Things.

Audio Reflections Speaker: Pastor Duane Bamsch