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.
A Preacher of Words
I have been preaching and teaching as a pastor since 1995. In those twenty-three years I have shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with tens of thousands of people.
I have preached and taught the birth of Jesus, the perfect life of Jesus, the sacrificial death of Jesus, the glorious resurrection of Jesus, and the awesome ascension of Jesus.
In my life as a pastor I have shown people the way the Bible teaches us to live as men and women of God. Also, the importance of raising children to fear and love the Lord. I have helped husbands see the significance of loving their wives and children.
This is my calling. It is the work God has given me to do. God has given me the words to say. And I love doing this!
On occasion, I have invited others to come into my church and preach and teach the same messages. An author or preacher will really touch my heart and I want to share that experience with my people.
Old Words in a New Mouth
Once, I invited an author to come speak at my church. He shared a great message about listening for the voice of God in the little things of life.
Afterward a couple of people came up to me and said, “He was amazing! That was exactly what I needed to hear!”
Now, this is something I have said countless times to my flock. The first time this happened to me, I was hurt.
To be honest, I was more than hurt. I was angry!
Haven’t these people been listening to me? I’ve been telling them to listen for the voice of God in the little things in life for years!
This guy comes in once, and its like they are hearing the actual voice of God!
The truth is, however, that these people were hearing the voice of God.
From both of us!
We both were faithful to God’s Word. We weren’t saying anything that wasn’t first in the Bible.
But sometimes it takes a fresh, unheard-before, voice to catch the attention of the heart.
Today, I’m thankful that the people I serve hear the truth – whether from me or from someone else.
And I pray that they will follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to act on that truth.
The Holy Spirit Uses the Words
Someone who spoke the truth powerfully was Moses.
There’s no doubt that Moses was an incredibly powerful leader of the people of Israel.
He led them out of Egypt and slavery. He led them through the parted waters of the Red Sea. Moses led Israel down to Mt. Sinai – where the words of the text above were initially spoken.
Finally, Moses would lead Israel to the very shore of the Promised Land.
Still, God promises the people that another one will come to speak to them. Another prophet like Moses (a prophet is someone who speaks God’s Word to people).
The ultimate fulfillment of this promise would be Jesus Christ.
Jesus wouldn’t really be preaching and teaching anything new. He would uncover deeper meaning of the truth of God’s Word, but nothing brand-spanking new would be revealed. Jesus would tell the people the same things that Moses did.
Today, any preacher worth his salt does the same thing. Nothing new is preached and taught. The same stuff that Moses taught. The same things that Jesus shared. That’s what’s supposed to come from the pastor of your church today.
But sometimes it can feel new, fresh, and bring an excitement that wasn’t there previously, when someone else says it.
That’s the Holy Spirit at work!
You and I learn the old, old story as if it was new and fresh.
This story, this Gospel story, then changes our lives.
In turn, then, we share it with others. The words may be the same. The story doesn’t really change. But when the Holy Spirit uses our mouths and our words, their lives will never be the same.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I will never tire of telling the old, old story of Jesus and his love. I also pray that the Holy Spirit will use the old, old story to make new people of this world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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