Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 6, 2014

A Panoramic View of the Prophets and the People and the Provisions of God

Today’s devotion comes from Deuteronomy 18:15-22.

“15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.  16 This is according to all that you asked of the Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’  17 The Lord said to me, ‘They have spoken well.  18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.  19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.  20 But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’  21 You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’  22 When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken.  The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.”  Deuteronomy 18:15-22.

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The LORD our God did indeed raise up prophets like Moses.  We are reminded and become amazed at the number of “major and minor” prophets that the LORD our God raised by just reading the names of the Books of the Old Testament from Joshua to Malachi.

But, although so many prophets were raised and faithfully relayed all the words of God to the people of Israel, they did not believe.  And although these prophets also said so many things pointing to a Redeemer that would come to Israel, they still did not believe.

This Redeemer, God’s only begotten Son, our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, knew the foolishness and slowness to believe that was in their hearts.

“And He (Christ) said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?”  Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.”  Luke 24:25-27.

“But though He (Christ) had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him.  This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report?  And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”  For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”  John 12:37-40.

“Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me.  Why do you not understand what I am saying?  It is because you cannot hear My word.  You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him.  Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.  Which one of you convicts Me of sin?  If I speak truth, why do you not believe Me?  He who is of God hears the words of God;  for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”  John 8:42-47.

And so, as we contemplate and meditate on these Scriptures and gain a panoramic view of the prophets and the people, our trust in man diminishes and our trust in God grows.

Man’s wisdom, man’s alleged goodness, and man’s alleged free will, despite all the prophets, the commands, the promises, and the other opportunities provided by God, are not going to lead man to salvation.  All that man produces is “Total Depravity”, the “T” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

But, there is hope!

The hope is provided by God.

Reformed Doctrine teaches “Unconditional Election”, “Limited Atonement”, “Irresistible Grace”, and “Preservation of the Saints”,  the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, all of which is provided by God.

“9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken;  truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.”  Isaiah 46:9-11.

 

 

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